In Memoriam: Mauro Malang Santos
Mauro Malang Santos was 19 when he decided to pursue a career as a cartoonist for The Manila Chronicle.
He apprenticed under Liborio “Gat” Gatbonton, later creating the characters of Kosme the Cop (Retired), the first English comic strip in the Philippines, and Chain Gang Charlie.
Malang's were said to be much like him: humorous and full of life. He had the ability to create satirical depictions that are relatable and engaging.
In the early 1960s, he began to pursue painting as “Malang.” His endeavors as an artist stretched beyond art production—he also made it accessible to a larger audience. In 1966, he launched the Art for the Masses project which utilized printmaking as a way of making art more affordable.
Malang's works are cherished components of the Lopez Museum and Library collection, from the large mural that is prominently featured in the lobby of the Benpres Building, to copies of his illustrations and drawings in the holdings of the library.
Malang is one of the most recognized and followed artists for his works evoke familiar scenes and humor among Filipinos.