Ayala Museum Pays Homage to Komiks Legend Francisco Coching
by Jace Amodo, November 12, 2018 2:33pm
Photos by Jace Amodo/Inside Manila
If you're an avid comics fan, then you’re probably used to buying newspapers and heading straight to the comics section. Even more avid and you may be aware that sari-sari stores, once, sold comic books as is—Pedro Penduko, Sabas Ang Barbaro, and El Indio to name a few.
Francisco V. Coching (1919-1998) was among the artists responsible for making comic books a source of entertainment in a time when free television was still in the making.
Saying F.V. Coching was popular in the industry is an understatement because he is a legend. He was recognized as the "Dean of Philippine Illustration" having produced over 63 komiks—51 of which had a film adaptation.
Coching's position as one of the most prolific figures in Filipino komiks' golden age didn't rely heavily on his art style and memorable characters. It's also because of how forward and spirited his narrative is that he earned such merit; how he inspired his readers to brave a whirlpool of difficulties that come with nation rebuilding.
F.V. Coching, through his tales of heroism and triumph, was able to bring discussions and identity over to popular culture, earning him his National Artist Award for Visual Arts recognition.
In time for F.V. Coching's centennial, Ayala Museum and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts presents Images of Nation: F. V. Coching, Komiks at Kultura. The exhibit lets museum-goers get a behind-the-scenes look of Coching's creative process: his original plates of covers, first-issue spreads, character studies, illustrations and scaled, re-colored reproductions of his most popular works.
While the exhibit features the man of the hour, it is also dedicated in memory of Filomena N. Coching (1924-2018), F.V. Coching’s wife, who pursued her dream of showing the work of her husband at the Ayala Museum. At last, it officially opened at the museum's Third Floor Galleries on October 30 and it will be available for viewing until February 3, 2019.
The Ayala Museum is at Makati Avenue corner De la Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City, and is open Tuesday to Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.ayalamuseum.org or follow Ayala Museum on Facebook.