President GMA unveils five new komiks carrying initials of Carlo J. Caparas

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President Gloria MacapagalArroyo (third from left) led the unveiling of five new komiks bywriter-director Carlo J. Caparas (rightmost) during a ceremony at the BulwagangLeandro Locsin of the NCCA Building inIntramuros, Manila. Also in photo are Carlos's wife, Donna Villa, and Dr. Dante Guevarra, president of the PolytechnicUniversity of the Philippines.


Larger-than-life komiks illustrations decorated thewalls of the Leandro Locsin auditorium of the NationalCommission for Culture and Arts building for the launching and unveilingrites of the new batch of komiks that are expected to revive publicinterest in the literary works.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyograced the July 26 occasion, which was attended by komiks novelists,illustrators, dealers, and suppliers from all over the country. The specialaffair culminates the Komiks Congress launched by the golden couple Carlo J.Caparas and Donna Villa exactly 150 days ago at the same venue insideIntramuros.

Dubbed as the Komiks King, writer-director Carlo J. Caparashas written over 800 komiks novels, many of which have been made intohit TV series and movies. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit lastFebruary, the National Arts Month, for being one of five "legends ofPhilippine Komiks."

The four other Medals of Merit were awarded posthumously toAntonio Velasquez, author of the comic series Mga Kabalbalan ni Kenkoy;Francisco Coching, pioneer of Katha at Guhit sa Komiks and creator of PedroPenduko; Mars Ravelo, creator of Darna, Dyesebel and CaptainBarbell, and Larry Alcala, creator of Asiong Aksaya and Kalabogen Bosyo.

The famed director, wearing his usual sunglasses andbaseball cap, recalled how the "kwentistas" [komiks creators]were allowed into Malacañang in their "rubber shoes, naka-maong, pinatuloysa unang pagkakataon, sumayad ang paa ng mga taga-komiks sa Palasyo sa paanyayang isang Pangulo..."

"Dahil po sa isang medalya na isinabit sa aking dibdib, parapo akong lumang makina na biglang umandar ang makina, nagkaroon ng hustonggasoline at kami ng aking mga kaibigan sa komiks ay nagising na maligaya atmuling nagkaroon ng hininga."

Carlo J. then asked the audience to give the President along and resounding round of applause "na mas malakas pa sa mga palakpak noongSONA [State of the Nation Address]."

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"Ang Komiks Karavan nang ilibot namin sa halos buong bansa,maalab na maalab pa rin ang pagnanais nila na ang komiks ay mabalik sa masangPilipino. At hindi sila mabibigo, sa pamamagitan ng inyong lingkod, ng akingmaybahay [Donna Villa], ng lahat ng kasamahan kong dibuhista at kwentista,magiging bahagi kami ng inyong maghapon.

"Dudulutan namin kayo ng kakaibang putahe ng aming mga akdaupang ipagkapuri ninyo na sa Pilipinas mayroong komiks na pantapat natin kaySuperman, kay Batman, kay Spiderman at sa lahat ng karakters ng ibang komiks saibang bansa. Mahusay po ang mga Pilipino na gumawa ng komiks kaysa sa kanilanglahat."

Donna Villa was likewise overcome with joy: "I feel indebtedto this industry because [as a movie producer] I've made a lot of hit moviesbased on komiks material [written by Carlo J]. Ito na siguro ang pinakamasayangaraw ng asawa kong si Carlo J. Caparas-talo pa ang kasal namin dito. Pangarapho talaga niyang ibalik ang komiks at ‘eto na, naibalik na, walang duda. Tinginko nga, mas magaganda pa ngayon ang mga istorya."

KOMIK FARE. The five titles formally introduced tothe public that morning were: CJC Tagalog Komiks Hiwaga ng Kadena de Amor;CJC Gwapo Komiks Ano Ang Lihim ng Beauty Queen?; CJC Super Funny Komix Gagambino;CJC OFW Super-Stories Andres de Saya; and CJC Pilipino Klasiks KrokoTakas sa Zoo.

These 5 new illustrated novels will be available nationwidestarting September 4. The 32-page komiks will have glossy color coversand will be sold at P10 per issue.

Also gracing the affair were GMA-7 senior vice president for entertainment Wilma Galvante and program manager Redgie Acuña-Magno. Ms.Galvante told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that the Kapuso Network isvery proud of the writer-director's achievements.

"Malaki ang pasasalamat namin sa kanila [Carlo and Donna]kasi nu'ng binigay nila sa GMA ang paggawa ng Bakekang, nakita naman ngmga tao ngayon na ang istorya, ang mga katauhan na na-create niya para gumalawsa loob ng Bakekang ay talagang nakakabigay ng kaligayahan sa lahat ngmga nanonood ng telebisyon.

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"Ngayon, gagawa siya ng mga panibagong istorya, para sa mganew titles niya for the komiks. Mabuti ‘yon dahil kahit sa future, marami kapang pwedeng kunin na istorya na para i-serialize for TV. So hindi lang iyand'yan matatapos. Ngayon nga ang kinuha namin ulit sa kanya na istorya niya naila-license for TV [ay] ‘yong Kamandag," kwento ni Ms. Wilma.

The komiks-turned-TV series will topbill Richard Gutierrezand will be aired during the last quarter of the year. The GMA-7 executivestopped short of naming the leading lady of Richard for this TV series althoughshe assured that Carlo J. Caparas would still be part of the creative teambehind Kamandag.


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