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.
It’s a pity that the three most important books on the subject are out of print, although you see them from time to time in the bookstores:
Philippine cartoons: Political caricature of the American era, 1900-1941 by Alfred McCoy;
Medals and shoes: Political cartoons of the times of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, 1965-1992 by Alfredo and Irene Roces;
Cartoon history of the Republic by E.Z. Izon, who was the editorial cartoonist of the Philippines Free Press from the late 1930s to the late 1990s. I was always a deep admirer of Mr. Izon: one of the treats about working for the Free Press was seeing my editorials accompanied by his cartoons. At one point, Mr. Locsin told me I had better seek out Mr. Izon and do a profile on him, as he was getting quite on in years. I procrastinated a week or two, and all of a sudden, Mr. Izon died. Here’s a weekend sampling of his work.
The Roxas-Osmeña presidential race, front page editorial cartoon for the
Philippines Free Press by the late E.Z. Izon
Charter Change, 1967 by the late E.Z. Izon
Marcos, ’71 a Philippines Free Press editorial cartoon by the late E.Z. Izon
Tuta, 1972 by the late E.Z. Izon
Constitutional Convention, 1972, by the late E.Z. Izon
Joe de V’s Money, 1997 by E.Z, Izon
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