Cartoonist Hazel Manzano and a few others tuned me into this recent news report about former film action star and now Philippine Senator Lito Lapid and his Philippine National Graphic Novel Archive Act of 2010, which was filed on September 7, 2010.
You can download of the PDF File of the bill here:
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL GRAPHIC NOVEL ARCHIVE ACT OF 2010
“AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL GRAPHIC NOVEL ARCHIVE, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”
Here’s a news report:
Lapid Wants to Preserve Philippine Comics
“The proposed National Graphic Novel Archive would play a key role in documenting and interpreting Filipino art and experience in the field of graphic novels and in actively contributing to the development of the country’s graphic novel industry.
It would be tasked to collect, store, preserve and make available indigenous graphic novel materials relevant to arts and culture in the country.
The Archive would strive to make the locally produced graphic novels accessible to the widest possible audience in the country and promote and enhance the development of the industry to ensure its sustainability.”
Now I’m still processing all this information. I don’t have a full opinion as of yet, but if ever this act becomes a law, and it actually gets enforced, it may well be a step in the right direction. Yes, I believe it may well be a very good thing, if handled properly.
Actually, a few concerned individuals and groups have already been doing for the past half decade what this act only proposes for now. There’s Dennis Villegas republishing a long lost Kenkoy Album, which may well turn out to be the very first Filipino comic book, there’s Komikero Publishing and Vibal Foundation’s Francisco V. Coching’s EL INDIO, and there’s Atlas Publishing with Coching’s Lapu-Lapu. Alfredo Alcala’s Voltar and Jess Jodloman’s Ramir are currently being worked on. All of this was accomplished without the benefit of legislation. But even then, those are only THREE complete and published books. Imagine how many more can be produced if more money and people are thrown into it.