Nonoy Marcelo


SEVERINO “NONOY” MARCELO (January 22, 1939 – October 22, 2002) is a Filipino cartoonist born in Malabon, Metro Manila, Philippines, an alumnus of the Institute of Arts and Sciences from Far Eastern University, and a former cartoonist in the “The Advocate” (the official student publication of Far Eastern University).

He is best known for creating the character Ikabod Bubwit (“small rodent” in Tagalog) in the comics strip Ikabod, which ran from the late 1970s to 2002. Ikabod is a satirical strip that re-cast the Philippines as a nation called Dagalandia. The strip humorously depicted the socio-political woes of ordinary Filipinos.

He also created the comic strips “Plain Folks”, which appeared in the Daily Mirror during the early 1960s, and “Tisoy” in 1963 for the Manila Times, which tells about the lifestyle of young Filipinos. His main character, Tisoy (slang for “mestizo), and cast members such as Aling Otik, Maribubut, Caligula, Tatang, Tikyo and Kinse, soon became established in Philippine pop culture. Tisoy became a film in 1977 directed by Ismael Bernal, starring Christopher de Leon and Charo Santos.

In 1985, Marcelo was given the Catholic Mass Media Award for print Journalism, a category usually given to reporters or columnists. In 1988, Marcelo received the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Centennial Artist Award, the only cartoonist so honored.

He died in Manila on October 22, 2002 at the age of 63 of sepsis due to complications from his diabetes.