First published in Liwayway magazine in 1929, Kenkoy, the cartoon character which later became the general word for cartoons in the Philippines is marking its 90th anniversary this year.
“Kenkoy” was created by cartoonist Tony Velasquez, touted to be the “Father of Philippine Comics,” and first appeared in Jan. 11, 1929, a year before Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse was launched and the same year as “The Adventures of Tintin” by Georges Remi.
“Kenkoy” appeared in most magazines during that period and its publication continued even during the Japanese occupation all the way to 1993.
Paying homage to Velasquez and his brother-cartoonist Damian and in celebration of Kenkoy’s 90th year, his grandnephew Ian “Damy” Velasquez
III mounted an exhibit recently at the Nicanor Reyes Hall of the Far Eastern University (FEU) showcasing 58 frames of selected original works of his grand uncle including the 1929 inaugural print.