By Dexter R. Matilla
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:05:00 09/20/2010
BACK WHEN Filipinos knew how to laugh at themselves, there was Lauro “Larry” Zarate Alcala, whose “Slice of Life” cartoon strip showed the humorous side of our everyday living.
It became such a hit that people would look forward to its weekly edition in the Weekend Magazine. Aside from enjoying seeing themselves in the different aspects of Filipino life that the Daraga, Albay, native draws, they also enjoy looking for the signature caricature of the artist somewhere in the strip.
The strip won several awards, including Best in Humor from the Catholic Press Award. In 1997, Alcala was granted the title Dean of Filipino Cartoonists by the Philippine Board on Books for Young People.
Today, Alcala’s works have been immortalized in Solo’s latest collection of clothing and accessories.
The limited special edition features graphic tees, polo shirts, woven tops and dresses, men’s long sleeves, and accessories such as tote bags, necklaces and bangles.
“I am really glad Solo was able to honor my father with a collection of his works worthy of his legacy,” Lauro Alcala Jr. said. “Solo understood the essence of my father’s art and made sure these were incorporated in their collection.”
The younger Alcala said his father usually did things by himself without help from any writer or assistant.
“He typically woke up at 6 a.m. and walked around the village for a few minutes, fixed stuff in the house, had breakfast with us, worked on his cartoons again, then picked up some errands until noon,” Alcala Jr. said. “After lunch he went to the University of the Philippines to teach the whole afternoon, ran some (more) errands, had dinner with us and went back to his cartoons and worked until 2 a.m. or even later.”
Alcala’s inspiration came from ordinary people he met every day, his son said, and as entertainment, the artist would draw his friends and neighbors as characters in funny situations. These homemade comic books were enjoyed around their neighborhood.
“He was an amazing observer, often pointing out to me humor in instances I would normally just take for granted,” Alcala Jr. said. “The themes in his cartoons may have originated from his boyhood days during the war.”
Clearly, such was the dedication Alcala had for his work, and people would get to enjoy his legacy by wearing choice characters and scenery straight out of the “Slice of Life” archives.
Other works by Alcala are “Kalabog en Bosyo,” “Mang Ambo,” and his first comic strip “Siopawman.”
Men's All Over Print Graphic Tee for Him P795
Men's Long Sleeves P1695
Ladies' Slub Dress P1595
Ladie's Boyfriend Shirt P1795
You may also want to check out my previous entry on the Larry Alcala collection for Solo