In observance of Holy Week, I’m posting this complete story written by Tony Velasquez and illustrated by Rudy Florese from Pinoy Komiks #77, cover dated April 21, 1966. I posted it because I thought Rudy’s art really looked good in this. I read the story, and I have to be honest and say I didn’t like it. I’m not sure if the motivations and characterizations of the people in the story is representative of Filipinos back in the 1960′s, but if it is then all I can say is…. wow.
If you wish to read the story (it’s in Tagalog), please feel free to do so here. Spoilers follow.
It’s inconceivable for me for a woman to be willing to marry a man who is irresponsible and drunk if he changes, not because she loves him, but just so she can take care of the man’s neglected child.
I also find the man’s change of heart and change of life happened a little too quick (in spite of what happened), and I find it it hard to believe that the woman would marry the man on the strength of just his word that he has changed without seeing for sure (and through time) if he actually did. After all, he was an drunken alcoholic just two days before.
I’m posting the story in full, in spite of my opinion of the story, because the online museum is there to represent what our comics were really like. And for better or for worse, these kinds of stories were common back in the day.