This Filipino Young Adult Novel About Multiversal Manila Is Now on Amazon Kindle 

Explore the upside-down world of Alinam. 
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The multiverse has been around for a while, but it wasn’t until recently that it became mainstream media’s favorite topic following the massive success of Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness and Everything Everywhere All at Once. Filipino literature has always been a source of excellent fantasy and sci-fi storytelling, and now, this Filipino multiverse novel is making its way to Amazon Kindle. 

After two years, the Filipino young adult fantasy novel Alinam will be released as an e-book on Kindle by author Mickey Ingles and publisher Summit Books. 

“I wrote Alinam, with its historical and folklore references, for an international audience, particularly Filipinos living abroad,” says Ingles. “It’s a way to keep them in touch with our stories and culture. It's also a fun way to get foreigners hooked in and spread our culture and folklore. So Alinam on Amazon is a big thing because the story is now more accessible to people everywhere.”

Alinam: Diego Domingo and the Mandato Ruiz follows the adventures of its titular character, an awkward teen, and Diego’s friends Luis and Sophia. The three travel to an alternate universe where they find the city of Alinam, which is Manila spelled backwards. In Alinam, the three face mysteries, conspiracies, an Aswang rebellion, and familiar faces from Philippine history. 

“I loved the idea of creating a ‘variant’ of Manila where humans and creatures from our folklore co-exist (or at least try to),” said Ingles, who, in his day job, moonlights as one of the country’s top sports lawyers, brokering deals for the most popular PBA athletes and biggest leagues. 

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“But my favorite part is making the city of Alinam with its various districts, landmarks, and roads. I want Alinam to feel as real to the reader as his or her hometown. I loved adding different flavors per district.”

Photo by Summit Books.

Released a year before the TV series Loki dropped on Disney+, Alinam has plenty of parallels for fans of the Marvel show.

“It's funny because in Loki you have the sacred timeline and the branches and the variants. I used a similar concept in Alinam, with the two historical lines—one that goes through our Manila (which you can call our sacred timeline) and the other that goes through Alinam,” he said.

Diego Domingo’s story isn’t over as Alinam is set to return sometime soon. Ingles is working on the novel’s sequel, where readers will get to enjoy a deeper dive into the alternate universe of Alinam. 

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“In the upcoming sequel, Diego will be exploring districts he's never been before, so it'll be fun tagging along with him. And of course, creating the backstory of Alinam is super fun,” he teased.

Interested in a multiversal Manila? Download Alinam’s e-book on Amazon and Google Books or order the print version on Lazada and Shopee. Ingles will attend the Manila International Book Fair to sign copies. Tune in to Summit books on Facebook and Instagram to learn more.

Esquire Philippines and Summit Books are both published by Summit Media.

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