“In the printed world, editorial cartoons have been important part and parcel of newspapers, magazines, newsletters and similar publications.
Even now that we are in the digital world, editorial cartoons remain an essential source of information that make one raise an eyebrow, trigger questions, frown or smear, rise in righteous indignation or simply smile and laugh. The reason simply for this is the editorial cartoonist presents in unique and sometimes exquisite art form timely, appropriate and relevant views and perspective.
There is no hard and fast rule formula for a successful and effective editorial cartoon. But artists like Angelo Lopez survive the daily or weekly grind mainly due to the quality of their drawings or sketches and the images and symbolism that they present.
We have worked with Angelo Lopez for many years now in various publications and all throughout he has made his mark as a reliable and indispensible cartoonist whose work sometimes is more eloquent than the editorial text itself.
They say a picture is worth a thousands words. The editorial cartoon perhaps evokes more than that as a mere sight of it makes one ponder on its unspoken message even more.
This book presents the best works of Angelo Lopez in the Philippine News Today, the premier Filipino community in the United States, the Philippine News and the Philippines Today before their merger, and other publications. The cartoons are not just works of art but a chronicle of perspectives in many years woven into history. Thus, the book should be a must-read for the dynamic Filipino American community in the United States and Filipinos elsewhere.”
Angelo Lopez is an award winning Filipino American editorial cartoonist from San Jose, California, who cast a wary eye on the Philippines since 2016, according to Amazon.
Angelo Lopez has used his cartoons to report on President Duterte’s war on democracy. In the pages of the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in San Francisco Bay Area, Angelo’s cartoons shine a light on economic exploitation, vigilante killings, and the steady walk to authoritarianism. Through his cartoons, Angelo Lopez is trying to cry out to Filipinos and Filipino Americans to take notice before it is too late.
Ruth Silver Taube, Coordinator, Santa Clara County Wage Theft Coalition and Supervising Attorney, Workers’ Rights Practice, Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, Santa Clara University School of Law, in a message in “The Duterte Years,” stated:
“Angelo Lopez’ eagerly anticipated book of political cartoons is vivid, evocative, and beautifully drawn. He provides a rare glimpse of Filipino American history and the struggles of working class Filipinos and Filipino Americans grappling with issues such as wage theft, labor exploitation, hate, scapegoating, and inequality in contemporary American and Filipino society. His cartoons also provide an unflinching look at the abuse of power and of resistance in the Philippines. It is a must read book that I highly recommend.”
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(Editor’s Note: The writer is a book author, professor and journalist in the Philippines and United States. He served as president of the National Press Club during which he linked up with the National Press Club in Washington D.C. and launched NPC chapters in US. He was executive director for several years of the Publishers Association of the Philippines Inc. (PAPI). He was a distinguished member of the Board of Regents of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) for two six-year terms, Commissioner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost), among others. He is the editor in chief of Philippine News Today. He can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)