Tikbalang and Kapre are both tree creatures. However Kapre are the tree dwellers and while the tikbalangs are the forest runners.
The ruler of the Tikbalangs, Lazaro was sentenced to death by the former King of the Engkantos, Mana-on. In line with the sentence Mana-on closed the portal between the Tikbalang and Engkanto realms. Lazaro was later acquitted of his crime but later died due to an unexplained cause. Lazaro was assumed dead by the Tikbalangs and Santana became the leader of the Tikbalangs during the former's absence. Santana seeks to avenge the death of his father, believing that the engkantos executed him for a crime he did not commit.
Santana ordered the kidnapping of Princess Mirathea and stormed the Engkanto palace. He demands the portal to remain open and cede half of the Engkanto Kingdom under Tikbalang rule. After an almost fatal encounter with Juan's group, Santana had a change of heart. Santana and Juan's group returned to the palace where Queen Nerea declared that from that time onwards the Engkanto Kingdom and the Tikbalang are now friends. Santana also had a reunion with his father Lazaro, who was actually alive. Lazaro resumed his role as the leader of the Tikbalangs.