Katchil: The Prince of Freedom


Datu Press® proudly presents Katchil: The Prince of Freedom by R.J. Claravall. This historical novel vividly narrates the essence, the feelings, the struggles, and the uniqueness of the precolonial Filipinos and their nearby nations when datus ruled the lands, babaylans held spiritual influence, and the baganis fought for their freedom from the rising power of Castilian might in the Far East.


The year is 1589. Terror has spread all over the Malayan World as the Spanish Empire systematically conquered nations, bringing destruction to all who opposed them.

Raja Laut Buisan, the brave Maguindanaon admiral, rides his warship over the strong currents of Sugod Suguru. He hurries to warn his panginoong datu that their plan in overthrowing the Castilian rule in Maynilad and Sugbu has failed. Buisan fears that his beloved nation, Maguindanao, will be next. War is coming!

Meanwhile, Liway, a young Visayan babaylan, leads a group of children as they escape into the treacherous forest of Samad, for an elite Spanish squadron, known as the murderous Inquisidores, is hunting her kind. Babaylan Liway discovers that their chances of survival are running thin, and she must hurry to discover her true powers!


Click this link to read an excerpt of Katchil: The Prince of Freedom.


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  • Genre: Fiction/Historical Fiction/Action & Adventure/War & Military
  • Subject: 16th-Century Philippines/Pre-Hispanic Nobility/Southeast Asian Myths & Legends
  • Content Advisory: This novel is recommended for mature readers; and covers 16th-century military conquests, rebellions, raiding, politics, and pagan cultures; and contains strong imageries and explicit narratives not suitable for young readers

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