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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sights & Highlights: Tony Velasquez Gallery!

02.16.2014 – Tony Velasquez is Filipino illustrator and pioneered as a found father of the Philippine comics industry. He created Pongyang Halobaybay and Kenkoy which is in Tagalog language in the late 1930s. But his most popular “iconic comic strip” is Kenkoy.

His creations are told in the “slice of life” themes, where scenes the stories are in their humorous situations. There are only a few who knows the Philippine comics rich history and Tony Velasquez would be considered as one national treasure to be remembered…

Last night Cevio Art Haus launched a special gallery of Tony Velasquez’s work. Most of the old comic strips are from Pongyang Halobaybay a story of a girl and her interesting suitors in that particular era.

There’s not much Kenkoy on exhibit but certainly old comic strips can say about its age. Some of the pages are now yellowing with age as most of them where lost during the time comics at its all time low when the industry ended in the early 1990s. Tony Velasquez passed away in 1997 as he never got to see the rebirth of Philippine comics industry to a community that churning up new talents.

In this gallery you’ll see some of his remaining works on exhibit, which also feature some of the uncolored strips. If you haven’t heard of To0ny Velasquez and you’re an aspiring comic book artist maybe you should pay respect to the legend.

If you haven’t seen his works check out his comic strips, which were printed in magazine size format. Back in the day this was the time comics was popular and this would be considered the golden age of Philippine comics and you can see the images from the gallery below:

Tony Velasquez: A Retrospective Exhibit featuring his works will be on display from February 15 to 28, 2014 at the Cevio Art Haus located at: #60 San Isidro St., Barangay Capitolyo, Pasig City.

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