Being a supporter and abig fan of the local comics industry, I am very pleased and excited to know that the work of father of Filipino Komiks, Tony Velasquez is now part of the Solo collection. He was the creator of Kenkoy, the very first serialized Filipino cartoon strip and considered the most influential comic strip in the Philippines.
Influenced by the Western culture, Kenkoy was garbed in suspenders, charol shoes, and baggy pants. His language also became fashionable among the youth at that time, which was a mixture of Spanish, English and Tagalog. Thus were born Kenkoy’s trademark lines like “Halo, how is yu?”, “watsamara” (what’s the matter), “dats oret” (that’s all right), “nating duwing” (nothing doing), “okidoki” (okeydokey), “lets tek ewok” (let’s take a walk), “is beri nesesari”, and “bay gali”.
When Solo launched its first ever Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia featuring Larry Alcala’s Slice of Life last year, it was a show stopper. Many people took a trip down memory lane remembering the witty and playful comic characters of Alcala’s Slice of Life. Young and old remember their Sundays looking for the iconic caricature face of Larry Alcala among his cartoon drawings at the Sunday magazine. It is refreshing to see how Alcala’s Pinoy Cartoons are being celebrated and re-introduced to today’s youth as part of Filipino pop culture.
This creative collection has got us all hooked! Due to insistent demand, SOLO is brings out another innovation, its 2nd installment of the well-loved Pinoy Cartoonist Memorabilia series. This time it features no less than the greatest work of the Father of Philippine Cartoons, Tony Velasquez’s KENKOY.
This year, old meets new as Solo Pinoy Cartoonist Memorablia takes timeless Kenkoy comic strips and mixes it up on trendy silhouettes and fabrics with different treatments such as foil printing, embroidery, embossed printing, flocking, high density printing and washed effect. The collection consists of His&Hers graphic tees, polo shirts, woven tops and dresses, men’s long sleeves, shorts and accessories such as stainless necklaces and slingbags, gift sets like watches, vanity sets and lighters and will hit Solo stores in September. Each Memoriabilia Series item will have its own bio-tag of Tony Velasquez as well as its own unique packaging. To view the entire Men’s collection, click here and Ladies’ collection, click here.
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