Young Illustrators Pay Tribute to Legendary Filipino Cartoonist Larry Alcala

The exhibit opens on September 24.

( Ask any full-fledged Filipino illustrator who he/she/they look up to and the instant answer would be Larry Alcala—a well-known editorial cartoonist who started his career in the mid-1940s. He pioneered the use of animated cartoons for television commercials and raised the field of visual communications to the level of fine art, which paved the way for the establishment of the University of the Philippines' Visual Communication Department. He was the guy behind the formation of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan, a group of children's book illustrators; and the namesake of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People - Alcala Prize, which recognizes artists for children's books. As a tribute to his legacy, the Samahang Kartunista ng Pilipinas—an organization he co-founded in 1978—is launching a group exhibit on September 29 at the new Art and Design West Wing of the UP College of Fine Arts.

"At A Rural Bank" by Larry Alcala Larry Alcala / website
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The tribute show features Alcala's most popular cartoon series, Slice of Life, where the artist would put his cleverly concealed face within the page that portrays scenarios in Philippine culture. It's almost like Where's Waldo, only our version came first—in April 1980, to be exact. Artists from Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan and other illustrators of today's generation are also coming together to showcase some of the biggest comic series in Philippine art.

The Larry Alcala Tribute Exhibit is on September 29, 4 p.m. at the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, follow Samahang Kartunista ng Pilipinas on Facebook.

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