This is an article that came out from the Manila Times in November 21, 2008. I’m posting a large excerpt of it here, but you can read the entire thing here.
By Mao Gia Samonte
Celso Ad Castillo: Carlo’s films are tabloid
At a party the other day, Celso Ad Castillo and I had some kind of a reunion, having come together after a long time. Our immediate topic of conversation was the issue of Carlo Caparas and his komiks characters being depicted in Philippine postage stamps.
“As far as komiks is concerned, ok naman siguro si Carlo. When it comes to film, teka muna, mukhang hindi tama. Carlo’s films are tabloid,” the Kid said with his characteristic impish snicker.
Celso early in his career had a short stint as a writer for illustrated komiks and being familiar with the medium, he believes that Mars Ravelo and Francisco Coching are more deserving of being honored in Philippine stamps.
KOMIKS IS DEAD 2, WHY HONOR CARLO?
The antis overwhelm the pros in the continuing debate on whether or not Carlo deserves being depicted in Philippine postage stamps.
In fact they don’t look pros at all, those that don’t express anti-Carlo Caparas sentiments on the issue.
Here’s one from Pete, the Jose Lacaba you read in the staff box of the Yes! magazine as executive editor, a respected professor at the University of the Philippines and the Ateneo, a poet and a true nationalist whose political essays were among the outstanding features of what has gone down in history as the FQS, for First Quarter Storm:
“[Carlo Caparas komiks characters sa selyo] OK lang sa akin. Sana me selyo na rin sina Mars Ravelo, Francisco V. Coching atbpang makokomiks. Wag din ikalimutan ang national artists, tulad nina Nick Joaquin, Amado Hernandez atbp.”
How polite of Pete, but knowing Quijano de Manila’s choosiness, to put it mildly, on who to associate with, couldn’t he be squirming in his grave when he reads this?
Anyway, Pete’s text message tees off the stream of sentiments sent to us similarly or communicated personally.
Manila Bulletin news editor Diego Cagahastian has this to say: “Maganda na mga tao mula sa komiks at entertainment ay mapaparangalan sa pamamagitan ng paglalagay sa kanila sa selyo.”
Coming from somebody we know has an ax to grind with Carlo, the comment is most kind. Or a case of the song, not the singer.
Bangon Kalikasan top man Joey Papa, who is a literary writer and screen craftsman, too, toes the prudent line as well: “Off hand parang asiwa, bakit hindi na lang ang bundok ng biak na bato, ang bulkang mayon, o ang magagandang lugar, kagubatan, karagatan atbp. May kaalaman pang naibabahagi sa mga taong gagamit ng selyo.”
And People’s Tonight associate editor Ninoy Sofranes has this curt statement: “Not for publication ang opinion ko.”
But all the rest who sent us text messages couldn’t restrain their indignation.
Ogie Almeda, komiks illustrator: “Bakit, bayani ba si Carlo Caparas? Maraming taga-komiks ang galit sa kanya dahil sa Sterling siya lang ang nabuhay.” Sterling is the company which published the 10 komiks titles carried in Carlo Caparas’ komiks caravan, a komiks promotional blitz conducted by Carlo last year using public funds.
Remate writer/columnist Jessie de Jesus: “Pansarili lang kapakanan ni Carlo ang namayani sa Sterling.”
Remate entertainment editor Arnold Pajaron: “Ano karapatan ni Carlo Caparas. Di naman niya napaunlad komiks industry. Saka pinabayaan niya sariling pamilya sa Pasig.”
Maria Pelagia Ditapat, curriculum director for English, chairperson, Office of Student Affairs and Community Services, and college publication adviser of the St. Francis of Assisi College in Las Piñas, while voicing her own objection, makes the observation that the issue serves to generate public interest for the Carlo Caparas creations being readied for airing as teleplays over Channel 7.
The lady asks: Is the memorandum signing by Carlo with Philpost for depicting him and his characters on Philippine stamps a grand promotional stunt for GMA 7?