Lifetime Achievement Awardee


Severino "Nonoy" Marcelo’s middle name could as well be "Ikabod." Marcelo’s famous mouse character creation ran as a satirical comic strip from the late 1970s to 2002. The strip recast the Philippines as a nation called Dagalandia and humorously depicted the socio-political woes of ordinary Filipinos, as represented by the tailless Ikabod Bubwit (small rodent). Marcelo often used the strip to caricature political figures from Ferdinand Marcos and Cory Aquino to Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, reimagining them as mice.


Nonoy Marcelo also created the comic strips Plain Folks, which appeared in the Daily Mirror during the early 1960s, and Tisoy in 1963 for the Manila Times, which tells about the lifestyle of young Filipinos. He also has a prize-winning book called Huling Ptyk—Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo, which features original drawings from the private collection of Atty. Saul Hofileña.

Nonoy Marcelo taught film animation at the University of the Philippines 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.

In 1985, Marcelo was given the Catholic Mass Media Award for print journalism, a category usually given to reporters or columnists. Later in 1986 and 1988, he also received the Catholic Mass Media Award for Best Comic Strip. In 1998, Marcelo received the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Parangal Sentenyal sa Sining at Kultura (Centennial Artist Award), the only cartoonist so honored.


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