If you are a fan of comics or a casual lurker of the internet, chances are that you might have encountered a Libreng Komiks comic strip or two on your Facebook feed. Libreng Komiks is a Facebook page created by Toto Madayag, which features comic strips that capture everyday Filipino life using angsty, irreverent, yet relatable humor.
Since its inception, the comic strips featured on the page have reached viral status, and has even caught the attention of publications such as Spot.ph and FHM.com.ph.
A year after the page’s launch, Toto Madayag announced that there will be a book compiling the different comic strips from the page called “Pucha, E ‘Di Komiks!”. (How appropriate, right?)
Aside from the comic strips that appeared on the Facebook page, there will be at least fifty new and exclusive comic strips that will only appear in the book! There is currently a fundraising project going on for the production of this book, with a goal to reach 1,000 pre-orders so that the book will be in print. As of April 29, 2016, the team has reached 67 percent of funding for the book.
While we cheer on the team as they achieve their goal, here is a compilation of some of the comic strips that made us feel strongly about things:
Nahanap na yata ang tunay na Carrot Man.
Dad jokes, please.
Dadating din ang sweldo.
*after reading the comments section*
Puto, anyone? (Kaso wala nga daw silang puto.)
Libreng Komiks is indeed one of the web comics that you need to follow online. It’s crazy, irreverent, relatable and hilarious, and these qualities are what makes it endearing to many.
If you want to pre-order Pucha E ‘Di Komiks at Php 300, click this link: http://bit.ly/1qzEeF3. Please add a Php 60 shipping fee if you live in Metro Manila, or Php 100 shipping if you live in provincial areas.
Update: The Libreng Komiks book has reached 97 percent of funding, as of May 24, 2016.
A graphic designer’s kind gesture to offer his services for free to a taxi driver selling peanut butter to his passengers in Metro Manila has been making waves on social media, showing how design can improve the lives of others, no matter how big or small.
Troy Sitosta, the owner and creative director of Shao Long Bald first shared his story last April 8 on his Facebook account about Kuya Roderic Almeda, a cab driver who sells peanut butter to his passengers.
Kuya Roderic and his wife have been making and selling their homemade all-natural peanut butter to passengers so that they can put their three children through college. In fact, one of them is almost finished with school. They have been growing their business for three years already, and he does it to provide a better and brighter future for his children.
After hearing Kuya Roderic’s inspiring story, Troy offered his services to Kuya Roderic for free by designing the label of his peanut butter. In doing so, Kuya Roderic will finally have a face for his small business, which will eventually contribute to its growth.
On April 12, Troy shared several updates about Kuya Roderic’s peanut butter business: first, he finished the label of Kuya Roderic’s peanut butter, and that he made an additional sign for Kuya Roderic’s car so that Kuya Roderic can have an easier time talking to his passengers about his product.
Through Troy’s story, more and more people have volunteered to help Kuya Roderic grow and solidify his business. RJ’s Peanut Butter has now a Facebook page, and a website is now in development. For Troy, his encounter with Kuya Roderic made him realize how his job as a designer can create a positive impact on other people.
As a result of Troy’s inspiring gesture, Kuya Roderic’s small business is now starting to take off. Kuya Roderic’s story reminds us that good and honest work can reap amazing rewards, and it should inspire us to do the same in our chosen career paths or passions. Much more so, his story also tells us of how we can use our skills and talents to help others. Mabuhay kayo, Troy and Kuya Roderic!
You can order RJ’s Peanut Butter by texting Kuya Roderic’s wife, Melody at 09156423958 and Kuya Roderic will personally deliver the peanut butter to you. For more information about RJ’s Peanut Butter, you can check out their Facebook page.
The Met Gala is fashion’s biggest night. This event serves as the launching pad for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual costume exhibit, as well as a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute. Bringing together some of the most influential people in fashion, high society, culture, and entertainment, it is considered to be one of the most exclusive events in the world.
The red carpet fashions are widely covered and reviewed by mainstream media, and emulated by fans all over. Every year, the Met Gala has a theme, which also sets the tone for the annual exhibit. This year’s theme, Manus x Machina aims to explore the relationship between creativity, fashion, and technology. For this year’s gala, on-screen heroine and off-screen trailblazer Emma Watson decided to take the Manus x Machina theme to another level.
In a sea of metallic and high-shine ensembles, Emma Watson stood out in a five-piece, black-and-white gown she designed in collaboration with Calvin Klein and Eco Age.
In an effort to promote sustainability, she shared in a Facebook post that the gown was made from recycled plastic bottles and other recyclable materials! Although major fashion retailers such as H&M have brought the concept of sustainable fashion into mainstream consciousness, Emma Watson’s decision to collaborate with a major fashion house such as Calvin Klein is one major step to promote sustainability in the luxury fashion industry.
Aside from sharing the creation process, Emma also shared her intention to repurpose the pieces included in her gown, as part of the #30Wears campaign spearheaded by Livia Firth of Eco Age. The #30Wears campaign seeks to encourage people to buy clothing that they can wear for at least 30 times.
Although fashion can be seen as frivolous sometimes, it can also be a tool for promoting sustainability. By tapping one’s creative juices and utilizing available technology, it is possible to create something beautiful and timeless out of trash. Now that’s just one more reason to completely justify your girl crush on Emma Watson!
By Lea O. Bolante
“Doing business is like falling in love. Real love isn’t a feeling—rather, it is a decision. In business… we decide to do it every day,” says legal management senior and Hunger Buster logistics officer Bret Monsanto. Together with Erika Cantor, JC Carlos, Kenneth Chan and Eries Chan, Monsanto owns Hunger Buster, a John Gokongwei Student Enterprise Center (JSEC) stall that sells simple yet delectable burgers. Their commitment to fall in love with Hunger Buster is remarkable: Aside from gaining praise within the Ateneo community, it has also established a loyal following well beyond the university, thanks to numerous food and entrepreneurship competitions.
Initially inspired by the success of The Galley, Hunger Buster wanted to provide something new while sticking to the idea of serving on-the-go food. “After some brainstorming, we settled for a heart-stopping alternative to sandwiches, [which are] burgers,” recalls Chan. After emerging as one of the winners of the 2014 JSEC Challenge competition, it has since been unstoppable. Their win at Foodgasm, an event hosted by the University of the Philippines-Diliman Economics Society, secured them a slot at the popular weekend food and lifestyle bazaar Mercato Centrale in Bonifacio Global City.
Since its inception, Hunger Buster has participated in numerous bazaars, in addition to daily operations at JSEC; while this can be quite stressful, its owners have emerged from these challenges victorious, thanks to their business acumen and camaraderie. Undoubtedly, their everyday commitment and passion for entrepreneurship and food will take them far.
(Thanks to the folks of Hunger Buster for the help here!)