Pinoy Pride - Gerry Alanguilan

Friday, October 25, 2013

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Gerry Alanguilan is a Filipino comic book writer, artist and publisher and an architect by profession. His works are Wasted, Timawa, Lastik-Man, Crest Hut Butt Shop, Johnny Balbona, Humanis Rex!, Where Bold Stars Go To Die and Elmer.

Months ago he blogged about being invited to the 6th International Comics Festival of Algeria, now he has updates of his experiences and the things he did in Algeria. It was a very interesting post about other comic book artists / cartoonist from different countries, they are all so much different -culturally and artistically- and yet so very much the same in terms of passion for their craft. My heart just swelled with pride when I learned that many people were very interested in Pinoy comics, as well as the other artists. It also saddens me that a part of our culture is being showcased internationally but it has no official support from our own country, you know what I mean?

It sucks that government people assigned for the enrichment of our culture doesn't give a fig about things like this. That's why artists here in the Philippines are starving, when they should be praised and recognized for their creations. I believe a creative Filipino can help lift our country, sometimes artists need validation for their self-worth. Maybe they don't.. not from people like those pretentious ones out there, anyway.

Congrats to Sir Gerry for representing us well!



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