Centennial of Mars Ravelo



The Cultural Center of the Philippines, Mars Ravelo 100 Years, and Mars Ravelo Komiks Characters Inc. 




Exhibit Duration: 
15 September to 13 November 2016 
Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway Gallery) 

21 September, Wednesday, 4pm, Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) 
Forum on the Critical Analysis of Komiks 
Atty. Marnie Tonson 
Harvey M. Tolibao 
Emil M. Flores 

5 October, Wednesday, CCP Dream Theater 
Film Screenings with Introduction by Nick De Ocampo 
2 PM - Jack En Jill by Mar S. Torres (1954) 
4 PM - Tubog sa Ginto by National Artist Lino Brocka (1971) 

9 October, Sunday 
Mars Ravelo Centennial Celebration 
4 PM - Artist's Reception, Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) 
7 PM - Video Projection on the CCP Fountain, CCP Front Lawn 

12 October, Wednesday, 4pm, Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery) 
Forum on Mars Ravelo Reinterpreted 
Kris Abrigo 
Virgilio Aviado 
Maisha dela Cruz 
Ang Gerilya


Free admission to all activities.





Mars Ravelo, a writer and artist, was born a century ago on the 9th of October. He would, within the span of four decades, eventually produce almost 300 titles ranging from superhero stories to fantasy tales to comedy, sci-fi, drama, and romance narratives. This would launch him to the top of his field and gain him household name status.


Since 2016 marks the centennial of Ravelo’s birth, it is befitting to present the continuing legacy and influence of his work in Philippine culture and society. This exhibit, which aims to explore the dichotomy between the fine arts and comics, also commemorates the life of the talented man that brought us timeless and iconic characters such as “Darna”, “Captain Barbell”, “Lastikman”, “Dyesebel”, “Bondying”, “Kapitan Boom”, and “Flash Bomba” - characters that are all deeply ingrained in the cultural consciousness of Filipinos from all walks of life. 


The larger part of the exhibition is the manifestation of the overall theme, the re/interpretation of the chosen creations of Mars Ravelo by the artists through their works. When the idea of the Mars Ravelo Reinterpreted exhibit was conceived, a substantial list of artists for the exhibition was almost immediately put together. Some of the key considerations for the selections were that they could effortlessly move from and into different styles and mediums, applying “komiks” sensibilities without their works losing their distinct personalities.The participating artists are Revelo's children Rex, Richard, and Rita, along with Kris Abrigo, Ang Gerilya, Virgilio Aviado, Mariano Ching, Ernest Concepcion, Maisha dela Cruz, FaBo, Dex Fernandez, R.M. De Leon, Leeroy New, Jonas Roces, Jericho Vamenta, and MM Yu.


Mars Ravelo’s Centennial Year will continue with a series of events commemorating and celebrating his life and works, sharing and imparting the powerful stories and icons he created, a wealth of fantastical, larger-than-life, everyday tales that helped shape the world of local comics.

CCP gallery hours are from Tuesday to Sunday,10am-6pm (or 8pm on days with performances in the Main Theater). For more information, contact the Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at landlines (632) 8321125 local 1504/1505, or (632) 8323702, mobile (0917) 6033809, email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com.