The Kingly Treasures Auction 2014

December 29,2014 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines


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Mauro Malang Santos  (b. 1928)

signed (lower right)
pen and ink on paper
5” x 13” (13 cm x 34 cm)

PHP 10,000

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Few are perhaps aware that Malang, previous to his present status as a sought-after painter of festive urban landscapes and figurative abstracts, was the originator of Kosme, the Cop, Retired, the first locally-produced English comic strip that appeared in the evening edition of the defunct Manila Chronicle, where he served as art director at 19.
Writing about Kosme in 1958, columnist Ernesto Grananda had this to say:
“Kosme 1958, which Malang now presents, is a bit of history, a bit of commentary on the current life, a bit of prognostication, a bit of whimsy, a bit of day-dreaming, a bit of frustration, a bit of the Filipino life of the here and there - but every bit of it is humor rendered even more humorous because of Malang’s love for the Filipino and the understanding of the things they do, the wise as well as the foolish, especially the foolish.”

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