Title: Pugad Baboy (Collected Editions – Dailies from Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Author: Pol Medina Jr.
I’ve been collecting Pugad Baboy books (collected editions) since 1994 and I have a complete collection from book 1 to 21 (the latest edition). I must say, in a sentence, the best authentic Filipino comic in the market. The humor is priceless, the art is outstanding, but the crown jewel of Pol Medina’s creation is its realism and true-to-form Pinoy story-arcs and strips. To those who do not understand the Filipino culture and identity, I recommend the Pugad Baboy title as an unofficial National Handbook of what and who the real modern Filipino is. Not only does it visually mirrors the lively and cheerful (often times dirty) humor of Pinoys, It alsorepresents all sectors of the stereotype Philippine society from the elite to the masses. It also showcases the great author’s ability to write amazing story-arcs that reflects the Filipino heart. Trivia is also a main ingredient in the book as the readers tend to learn new things from the characters’ situational strips.It presents different sides of Phlippine community from our dirty Politics, stereotype Families, Religion, Youth, and even explores the beauty of some of our Country’s real-life places thru the characters’ Adventure stories.All in all, Pol Medina is a brilliant Artist, Author, and Innovator. A true Filipino that should be admired and patronized.