Marianing is a story about a local vampire hunter named Mariano who is a mysterious man with unpredictable, supernatural capabilities. All of his life, he has been followed by an unknown evil that soon affects his love ones. Especially his beloved wife, Alfonsa who was then killed by the aswangs. Seeking for justice, he sworn to kill all aswangs that terrorizes his barrio in Tacloban.
In order to do that he must return to his alter ego, Red demon, Blood Shadow, Caped killer of the night – Human son of the Enkantos or better known as “MARIANING.” With help from an Anting-Anting, he goes face to face with the supernatural of the Philippines.
This marvelous short animated film was created by Niko Salazar an AB-Animation graduate and was posted on YouTube way back in 2012. The story is based on a true story of his grandfather ‘Mariano Salazar’ whom he never met, but only knew him through the story.
The film already won several awards including Animahenasyon 2012 Grand Prize Winner, Hero TV , Hero’s Choice Award 2012, Digicon 6 Animation Festival Student Category 1st Prize Winner, and CCP Gawad Alternatibo Film & Video ANIMATION Category 1st Prize Winner.