The National Artist for Visual Arts Lauro “Larry” Alcala, a Bicolano from Daraga, Albay, is the famous creator of the entertaining cartoon called the “Slice of Life.”
The “Slice of Life” has been presented as satirical yet entertaining. Readers set off on a quest to find the cartoonist’s face obscured somewhere the humorous illustration of the Philippine society. Thus, the “Slice of Life” was the long-running cartoon series published every weekend from 1980 to 2002, adored by readers from different generations.
Larry Alcala, a cartoonist and illustrator for 56 years has significantly contributed to the Philippine arts and culture. Alcala’s notable works also include Mang Ambo and Kalabog en Bosyo. He developed over 500 characters, 20 comic strips, six movies, two murals, and 15,000 published pages. Read our previous post to know more about him here: bit.ly/3ortoS3.
Here’s (image above) a particular 1993 cartoon of a market day outside the PNR station in Legazpi City with the beautiful Mayon volcano. Celebrate the last day of the National Arts Month with us, and let’s reminisce the past by finding the face of the National Artist Larry Alcala in this cartoon.