Art, Forum, Lobby, Panel Discussion, UP Vargas Museum

Are satirical cartoons still relevant today?

07 August 2008, Thursday
2:30 – 4:30 PM
The Lobby, UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum

A forum in line with the exhibit
Muling Ptyk: Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo
Exhibition runs until 23 August 2008

The UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum will hold a forum on the theme “Are satirical cartoons still relevant today?” on 07 August 2008, Thursday, 2:30 – 4:30 PM at the Lobby of the museum. The forum is organized in line with the Muling Ptyk: Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo exhibit at the Edge Gallery.

Editorial cartoons and comic strips are powerful communication tools especially in print media, and nowadays even in the Internet. Mostly satirical and humorous, these contain political and social messages, often critical of current events and public figures. Nonoy Marcelo produced iconic characters in his comic strips, such as Ikabod and Bos Myawok, as witty caricatures of Philippine politics and society. With the ongoing economic and social crises, how relevant or effective are they today?

Invited panelists will address this question from the perspectives of the academe, the print media, and the visual arts. The members of the panel include Dr. Helen Yu-Rivera from the Department of Art Studies, Leonilo Doloricon, former Dean of the UP College of Fine Arts, Caesarson Bismonte of The Daily Tribune, Gilbert Daroy of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Jose Tence Ruiz, one of the notable social realists. Virgillio “Pandy” Aviado, guest curator of the exhibit Muling Ptyk, will sit as the moderator.

Admission is free. For more details on this forum, you may contact the UP Vargas Museum at numbers 928-1927 (direct line), 981-8500 local 4024 (UP trunkline), 928-1925 (telefax), or e-mail us at The museum is open everyday except Mondays, 9 am to 4 pm.


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.


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