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Muling Ptyk: Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo

Muling Ptyk
Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo

24 June – 23 August 2008
The Edge Gallery
G/F UP Vargas Museum

The UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center will formally open Muling Ptyk: Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo on 27 June 2008, Friday, 6:00 PM at The Edge Gallery (G/F) in line with the University of the Philippines’ Centenary. National artists Virgilio Almario and BenCab will grace the opening event as guests of honor.

Muling Ptyk, a take off from his prize winning book Huling Ptyk – Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo, features original drawings from the private collection of Atty. Saul Hofileña. Although the collection is only but a fragment of the artworks he has done since the 1960s, it gives the audience a sampling of Marcelo’s wit and artistry, something which has entertained Filipinos for four decades. Tisoy, Aling Otik, Kinse, Ikabod and his lovable Bubwits of Dagalandia are but a few of his memorable comic characters that became part of the everyday Filipino lives. He was a cultural avatar whose art reflected contemporary Philippine reality more effectively than most “serious” social critics.

Severino “Nonoy” Marcelo taught film animation at the UP College of Fine Arts and was responsible for introducing significant innovations in the film animation course of the college. He was the only Asian cartoonist featured in Time Magazine for its cover story “Mighty Pens” for his bold commentaries on the current socio-political state of the country through his comic strips. He received the Catholic Mass Media Award Best Comic Strip Award in 1986 and 1988 and the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Parangal Sentenyal sa Sining at Kultura in 1999.

Muling Ptyk will run until 23 August 2008. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more details, please contact the UP Vargas Museum at 928-1927 (Direct line), 981-8500 local 4024 (UP Trunkline) or 928-1925 (Fax). You can also send your inquiries via e-mail to


About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.


3 thoughts on “Muling Ptyk: Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo

  1. Hello ! I would like to know if UP keeps a catalog of Nonoy Marcelo’s comic strips. I interviewed him some 25 years ago for an English paper under Prof. Cora Villareal . After that interview, Nonoy would occasionally feature a “singkit/tsinay” bubwit in his strips. Sometimes he would include our names and in his strips as part of a wall grafitti. One memorablke strip was 2 bubwits flying tarzan like using “tikoY’ as our rope. Unfortunately, I lost all my copies of the strips and am wondering if you can help me access them again.

    Thank you. Jackie Co, UP Mass Com “85

    Posted by Jackie Co | January 25, 2010, 6:54 pm
    • Ms. Jackie Co,

      Unfortunately we don’t keep a catalog of Nonoy Marcelo’s comic strips. But if you want, we can give you the contact details of his son, Mr. Dario Marcelo. He keeps the records of his father’s works and knows the whereabouts of Nonoy’s major works (e.g. collectors, galleries, museums). Just send us an e-mail to so we can give you the contact details of Mr. Dario. Thanks and hope this will help you.

      Posted by Jorge B. Vargas Museum | January 27, 2010, 10:32 am
  2. Great Article , I considered it special

    I look forward to more great postings like this one. Does your website have a RSS I can subscribe to for fresh posts?

    Posted by Varpruisp | November 24, 2009, 5:47 pm

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