TONY VELASQUEZ: The FATHER of Philippine CARTOONS and CREATOR of “KENKOY”

Mr. Antonio “Tony” Velasquez, the Father of Philippine Cartoons was born in Paco, Manila on October 29, 1910.  He was the creator of Kenkoy, the very first serialized Filipino cartoon strip and considered the most influential comic strip in the Philippines. His journey in cartoon industry started when he was tasked to create a comic strip for Acme Printing’s Liwayway where he was employed as an artist. Tony Velasquez created the strip Kenkoy in 1928, starring a teenager named Kenkoy Harabas. The script was written by Romualdo Ramos. In 1929, Kenkoy debuted in Liwayway and was a huge success.  The readers loved his honest carefree character. In 1932, Romualdo Ramos died and Velasquez was left to do the drawings and script by himself. Velasquez was a gifted writer too and later that year the Kenkoy strip was expanded to one half page with six panels. In 1935, Kenkoy occupied a whole page of the Liwayway with 12 panels and colors to boot!

During Velasquez’s career, he created more than 300 cartoon characters which became household names in Filipino homes, such as Kenkoy, TalimusakTalakitok, Tsikiting Gubat, and Ponyang Halobaybay.  Velasquez also established cartoon advertising. He created cartoon characters to personify consumer products .  He had helped or assisted many other future artists in Philippine komiks get their works published in the magazine. These included Francisco Coching, Mars Ravelo, Jose Zabala-Santos, and J.M. Perez. Velasquez became the pioneer and founding father of the Philippine comics industry.  He started different publications until 1961. All these comics magazines became bestsellers, making comics production one of thePhilippines’ profitable industries.

So only time can tell when will another Tony Velasquez come along producing another Kenkoy which captured the eyes, hearts and laughter of the nation.  He passed away in 1997 at the age of 86.

In 1929, an iconic Philippine comic strip surfaced under the pen and ink of illustrator, Tony Velasquez.  The amusing character created donned a trademark hairdo of slicked back hair which is probably the most recognizable look of Francisco Harabas, more popularly known as Kenkoy. Influenced by the Western culture, Kenkoy was garbed in suspenders, charol shoes, and baggy pants.  His language also became fashionable among the youth at that time, which was a mixture of Spanish, English and Tagalog.  Thus were born Kenkoy’s trademark lines like “Halo, how is yu?”, “watsamara” (what’s the matter), “dats oret” (that’s all right), “nating duwing” (nothing doing), “okidoki” (okeydokey), “lets tek ewok” (let’s take a walk), “is beri nesesari”, and “bay gali”. Just like any other main character, Kenkoy has his own love story.  His romance with Rosing, the flawless Manileña, was one of the most enduring and fascinating love stories in the history of the print media, a tale that had always been loved by the Filipinos. Kenkoy and Rosing eventually got married and they had several children and an adopted child.  That would be the greatest difference of Kenkoy from other cartoon strips of his time was his ongoing story that grew along with the modern trends of Filipino culture.

In 1950s, Kenkoy was first adapted into the movies and has a remake in 1960s.  In 1993, Kenkoy was made into a musical with Janno Gibbs as Kenkoy and Regine Velasquez as Rosing.

References:

http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Kenkoy

http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Tony_Velasquez

ASTROPLUS: YOUR MUSIC, YOUR MOVIES, YOUR GADGETS, YOUR STORE IN THE NATION!

Nowadays, Astroplus and Astrovision is the country’s leading Entertainment Lifestyle Store that offers the latest music, movies and gadgets that put the Filipino entertainment experience at par with the rest of the world. Astro prides itself in providing a wide array of products to enhance every entertainment experience partnered with homegrown customer service, ensuring that every visit to Astro is worthwhile.

According to the management, the store’s name was derived from the word “astral”, which means heaven sent. Astro was indeed heaven sent to its owner Jimmy Lim who is one of the most pivotal and influential personalities in the industry. He started Astro during his college days when it was still a video rental store, until it evolved into more than 50 branches nationwide all of which, directly owned. With utmost determination and an eye for successful progressive initiatives, Astro was able to surpass various turning points in the industry.

Astro has gone beyond formats over the years. From LP’s, Cassettes, Betamax, VHS tapes and laser discs to CD’s and DVD’s, Astro was able to maintain a loyal clientele. Even in this age of downloads and piracy, Astro’s aggressive efforts to develop and update its image continue to pay off. This year, one of the major enhancements of the store is its effort to build a wide variety of products and gadgets to accessorize the demanding digital lifestyle of music and movie lovers today. Astro has also begun efforts to bring in hard to find products and some imported titles coming from the US and Asia. Astro has also allotted an added effort to support Original Pinoy Music by developing its Independent Artist Lineup.

Moreover, the Company is also active in participating related events in promoting or communicating the needs and wants of the people when it comes to music, videos, movies, gadgets and technologies.

In fact, Astroplus/Astrovision has joined with OrangeMagazineT.com for the first time in a Blogger’s Blowout event held in Astroplus – Greenbelt 5, Makati City last September 3, 2011.

To know more about the latest in music, videos, gadgets and other concerns just visit their official facebook of Astroplus at www.facebook.com/astroplus1

And to get invites to the events of Astro, you may contact 7821130 or email us at astroplusmarketing@gmail.com