Louie Jalandoni, Revolutionary

Outside the walls of the church, there was commitment to offer body and shed blood for the people, but there was no liturgy to celebrate it. Inside the church, there was the liturgy, but no commitment to offer body and shed blood for the people.

~Louie Jalandoni

Exif_JPEG_420Took interest of reading “REVOLUTIONARY,” an illustrated biography of Louie Jalandoni after hearing his voice for the first time on radio a few days ago. He was being interviewed by Ted Failon through a long distance call to Netherlands concerning incoming president Rodrigo Duterte’s offers of government posts to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Jalandoni, though glad with the offers, said that they can recommend people but they will not be members of the CPP.

Louie Jalandoni is the son of a wealthy landowner in Silay City, Negros Occidental; who witnessed the death of his older brother and suffered indignities as a child during the Japanese invasion; who then became priest slash activist to help the farmworkers, the peasants, women, and children from abusive landowners and government officials in Negros; who then left priesthood to focus on his life mission, whose path became clear to him after getting a copy of Amado Guerrero’s Philippine Society and Revolution; and here’s the most interesting part, a priest who fell in love with a nun, and vice versa, during their work at Christians for National Liberation. The former nun and former priest are married with one and only son, Pendong, named after Ka Pendong (real name: Edmundo Legislador), a communist friend of Louie, who was killed by the military in Antique. Louie Jalandoni is the international representative of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the political arm of CPP, “to make the world aware of what was happening in the Philippines.”

The CPP, the New People’s Army (the military arm of CPP), and its founder, Jose Maria Sison (a.k.a. Amado Guerrero) were placed on the terrorist list in August 2002 by the U.S. and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (during Bush and Macapagal-Arroyo administration, respectively) because of their rebellion. The guerilla warfare of the CPP-NPA continues.

REVOLUTIONARY, an illustrated biography of Louie Jalandoni, features the captivating works of members from the Concerned Artists of the Philippines which is what this post is also about. Written by Ina Alleco R. Silverio, this is a book project of the International Network for Philippine Studies.

Here is a glimpse inside the book:

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From Chapter 1: A Charmed Life

Illustrated by Roberto “Bobert Elyas” V. Elias, “is a visualist. He favors scenery over stories, stories over spectacles and spectacles over villains. He enjoys collaborating on productions with communities, organizations and interesting people.”

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From Chapter 2: Father Jalandoni

Illustrated by Max Santiago, “is a graphic artist and reporter of the Metro Manila-based alternative media outfit Manila Today. He has been involved in urban grassroots organizing visual arts close to the urban poor communities. In 1994, he joined the UGAT Lahi Artists Collective, a group of visual artists, which tackles social realities in the Philippine context. He took up Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas.”

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From Chapter 3: An Activist Priest

Illustrated by Enrico Maniago, “is a Philippine-born artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is a character designer and storyboard artist in the animation industry. He has worked with projects such as X-Men, Dragonlance, Phantom 2000 and various shows for Disney and MTV. He worked on the Heavy Metal release, Agent 88, and made various comics and other designs for his band, Flattbush. At the request of Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman, Enrico made a Turtles mural during the 35th Heavy Metal anniversary event of Meltdown Comics.

“Enrico and his brother toured the Philippines as Flattbush and as members of the Filipino Health Workers Association. He helped establish Habi Arts and the People’s Artists Los Angeles Collective in the U.S.”

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From Chapter 4: Liberation

The day that Louie met Coni. (Illustrated by Renan Ortiz)

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From Chapter 4: Liberation

(When Louie remembered one of those moments that he showed his feeling to Coni in a subtle way but at the same time confused coz he’s a priest.)

Illustrated by Renan Ortiz, “is an activist, artist, and art teacher, is an active member of the Concerned Artist of the Philippines. While working in diverse media such as installation, video, printmaking, and graphic design, comic books remain as his first love and introduction to art. He is a recipient of the 2012 Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Awards. He currently heads the Visual Arts Section of CAP.”

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From Chapter 5: Life in the Underground

Illustrated by Leonilo “Neil” Doloricon, “was among the Social Realists who portrayed the ills of Philippine society despite the close watch and repression artists were being subjected to by the US-backed martial law regime of Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos. Neil is a painter, cartoonist, and graphic designer. He is the incumbent CAP Secretary General and sits in the CAP Board of Trustees.”

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A scene from Chapter 5, Life in the Underground, by Neil Doloricon.

This is a scene where he met Ka Pendong, a young CPP cadre, head of the Negros underground. Ka Pendong was later killed by the government military in Antique.

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From Chapter 6: Life as a Political Prisoner

Illustrated by Fernando Argosino, “a Filipino-American who was born and raised in Southern California, is an independent comic book artist and illustrator. He has several published works in the U.S. He is an actor, high school teacher, and community organizer. His comic book fascination began with images of superheroes. Eventually, he found his inspiration in the struggles of the Filipino people. He tries to use his illustrations to forward social change.

“He is a member of Habi Arts- Los Angeles and continues to use his art to popularize the people’s stories.”

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From Chapter 7: Resistance against Martial Law

Illustrated by Leonilo “Neil” Doloricon. This is a scene where President Marcos released Presidential Decree 823, completely banning strikes but this did not stop brave men and women from forming a workers’ strike movement.

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From Chapter 8: Escape to Hong Kong

Illustrated by Mervin Malonzo, “graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He is currently completing his Filipino comic series called Tabi Po, a deconstruction and re-interpretation of Philippine mythology, specifically the aswang. At the time of this writing, a TV show is being produced based on it.

“Mervin works on other comic projects, one of which is a comic adaptation of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo by Gat Jose P. Rizal. He is also a freelance designer who creates illustrations, websites, and animated videos.”

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From Chapter 9: International Work (Illustrated by Maniago, Doloricon, Ortiz, and Argosino)

“Jose Ma. Sison is the founder of the CPP, the author of the book that greatly influenced Louie’s life and its direction, Philippine Society and Revolution.”

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