March 31, 2006 · Posted in: Podcasts

Celebrating Pinoy cartoonists

IF YOU are Pinoy, you know Nonoy Marcelo, the legendary creator of some of the most well-loved Filipino comic strips like Ikabod and Tisoy. You know Larry Alcala too, the creator of Slice of Life, where the cartoonist hid an image of himself for readers to find. Even after their deaths, Marcelo and Alcala continue to be remembered for their singular contribution to Pinoy culture.

But Filipino cartoonists wish one does not need to be a Marcelo or an Alcala to be given proper recognition for their work. As things are, says Boboy Yonzon, president of the Samahan ng mga Kartunista ng Pilipinas (SKP), “If you’re a cartoonist in the Philippines, you’ll go hungry.” In a recent chat with the PCIJ, Yonzon says they want to change that.

Yonzon heralds the talent of Filipino cartoonists, saying their work can provide both intelligent social commentary and deep insights into human behavior.

To celebrate that talent, and the group’s 28th anniversary too, the SKP mounted an exhibit of their work.

In this podcast, I ask Yonzon about cartooning in the country. I talk as well to cartoons enthusiasts, who were only too pleased with the exhibit.

Listen here.

File size: 6.2 MB
Length: 00:09:00

3 Responses to Celebrating Pinoy cartoonists



April 1st, 2006 at 11:28 am

mabuti pa ang mga kartunista, kahit sa anong problema ng bansa at sakit ng lipunan nakakahugot pa rin ng ideya para magpasaya. Nung buhay pa si Marcelo madaming lumalait sa kanya sa pagiging “absurd” kesyo may sayad, may tama, siraulo, foolish, etc… ang mga tao nga naman! Hindi na nga halos nakilala ang pagiging henyo nya nung buhay pa, namatay pang naghihirap. Kung tutuusin sila dapat ang may mas malaking bayad sa pahayagan, maging pro o anti ka man siguro naman nagbabasa ka ng “cartoons”


Manuel L. Quezon III » Political cartoons

April 1st, 2006 at 11:52 am

[…] the PCIJ blog has a podcast on an effort to recognizing Filipino cartoonists. I’m a big fan of editorial cartoons, which have a rich history in our country, and even abroad: a Filipino political cartoonist who has gained fame overseas is Corky Trinidad. […]



April 2nd, 2006 at 8:14 pm

It is about time we give full accord to cartoonists as artists. To uplift their status, we need reeducation and inculturation regarding the plight, history and significance of Filipino cartoonists. World class po tayo!

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