Spoiler alert: it’s about Philippine mythology.
Ken Suson of SB19’s had one hell of a year. We’ve only been introduced to Felip, his solo moniker back in 2021 with the debut single Palayo wherein he raps in full Bisaya, but his fans can’t seem to get enough. After the boys of SB19 killed it at PPOP Convention and rumors about their comeback, the main dancer and lead vocalist is first in line with Bulan, Ken’s second solo single.
ANG SUSUNOD NA BERSIKULO
Ken (or Felip) first teased his fans in a tweet last month of him bathed in red lights, possibly foreshadowing what’s to come for his new single. A week later, he reveals the title of his song and a line that said, “Ang aking apoy ‘di niyo na maapula! Ako ang BULAN.” For starters, Bulan means moon, hence the emojis in Felip’s teasers. In the context of Philippine mythology, the name represents the deity of the moon, along with his sister Haliya. After postponing the release, Felip drops another teaser for the song and his fans are already going crazy. Check out some of their wildest theories below in time for the release.
1. FELIP IS THE BULAN AND THE BAKUNAWA SYMBOLIZES HIS BASHERS
Felip said “Ako si Bulan..”— TICKLE | FELIP is Back ? (@tickleforsb19) May 17, 2022
For all we know, it could really just be about mythology, but,
Bakunawa – bashers/haters/controlling fans
Haliya – his believers@felipsuperior #FELIP #FELIP2ndSingle #FELIPBulanConceptTrailer2 pic.twitter.com/EXjyYyXACv
The Bakunawa in Philippine mythology is known to be the dragon that swallows moons. With Ken being the center of attention for quite some time now, he’s the real life Bulan hounded by thousands of Bakunawas or “his bashers” as one fan theorized. Haliya on the other hand represents all his believers.
2. THE VEILED WOMAN IN THE TEASER IS HALIYA, THE LUNAR GODDESS
In Bulan’s teaser, we see a lady in red dancing. Fans speculate that it could be Haliya, the lunar goddess in Philippine mythology that wore a mask of gold to hide her beauty, hence the veil. She was said to be so beautiful, even the Bakunawa fell in love with her.
3. BULAN WAS SUPPOSED TO DROP ON THE BLOOD MOON TO “SCARE AWAY” THE BAKUNAWA
Felip postponed the initial release of the single which was supposed to be on May 15, a day where the Blood Moon is present. According to a fan who’s a fan of Philippine mythology, whenever this phenomenon happens, everybody has to make as much noise to attempt to scare the Bakunawa to release the moon. Our traditions just keep on surprising us.
4. BULAN SYMBOLIZES VICTORY
What if… Bakunawa means jealousy and Haliya is the warrior inside you?— SB19 KEN – Sunnies ? (@SB19Sunnies) May 17, 2022
Thus, you need to open your eyes clouded with jealousy to finally see the beauty of the moon, Bulan?
Wala lang. Kung ano ano na naisip namin. ?#FELIP2ndSingle #FELIPBulanConceptTrailer2 @felipsuperior pic.twitter.com/kcwJC8byVO
The beauty of Philippine mythology is that it’s open to interpretation. There’s no right or wrong theory, which makes it all the more interesting. A fan believes that the Bakunawa represents jealousy, Haliya is the inner warrior, which you have to conquer in order to fully realize the beauty of the Bulan.
5. COULD KEN BE THE BULAN OR THE BAKUNAWA?
Is @felipsuperior the persona of Bulan here or of Bakunawa? Will Haliya be protecting him as Bulan or he is Haliya’s arch enemy – Bakunawa?#FELIP2ndSingle #FELIPBulanConceptTrailer2 #FELIP pic.twitter.com/xiXWKYuHSn— SB19 KEN – Sunnies ? (@SB19Sunnies) May 17, 2022
We all have egos and that’s a fact. For his comeback single, fans are already guessing whether Felip is the Bulan or his nemesis, the Bakunawa. The possibilities are endless and if he continues to take inspiration from Philippine mythology, Felip might just change the game of P-Pop.