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Philippines Honors Filipino Animation Pioneers

The Philippine government has presented honors to Filipino animation legends, reports President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presented the Presidential Medals of Merit to the "Legends of Philippine Komiks (Animation)" at a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace.

The animators included:

* Manuel Rodriguez, Jr. -- the "Father of Print Making" in the Philippines.

* Don Emilio Yap -- the publisher of LIWAYWAY, a literary-entertainment magazine.

* Antonio Velasquez (posthumous) -- "father of Filipino animation" and creator of the comic series MGA KABALBALAN NI KENKOY (THE ADVENTURES OF KENKOY).

* Francisco Coching (posthumous) -- creator of PEDRO PENDUKO and CONDENADO.

* Mars Ravelo (posthumous) -- creator of the superheroes Darna, Dyesebel and Captain Barbell.

* Larry Alcala (posthumous) -- creator of ASIONG AKSAYA and KALABOG EN BOSYO.

* Carlo Caparas -- creator of ANG PANDAY.

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