Once upon a time when there was  a kid, in grade school perhaps, he used to deliver newspaper from house-to-house. with his older brother, they learned in their early life to earn money in a hard but specific way. in their childhood years, when their good mother started to learn to sell on what is being called “Talipapa” market to earn for the daily living.

At first, when selling newspaper was not yet learned by them, they sell tamarind fruit(ripe and raw) which came from their very own Sampalok tree, as to recall, Their father will climb the sampalok tree and get a good harvests, and sold the fruit in kilos for total of Php500.00 and up.  Enough earnings to buy basic needs like rice, sugar, canned sardines etc. Though they have lots of trees by then, there’s the guava, duhat, kamachile (which seldom seen by now) and even the papaya tree. Raw tamarind used for cooking Sinigang or sinampalukan, while the ripe one is for sweets, candies or delicacies.

They learned to wake up early to go to San Joaquin to pick-up the bundle of newspaper to sell for the day. Newspaper at that time sells at Php2.00 to Php2.50 for tabloids and Php5.00 for broadsheets. They start at Sta. Ana, then Tuktukan, Bambang, Wawa, Tambak then going back to Pulong Kendi shouting “Dyaryoooooooo” becomes the routine and eventually convert some of the customers to be a suki or regular clients.

Mang Pabling, the man who introduced the selling of newspaper, at first, he left a few  dailies(lets say 5 copies each items), Balita, Taliba, Tempo, Peoples Journal, Inquirer, Philippine Star and Manila Bulletin. With 20 to 30 cents to earn each copy, small earnings when combined will still be good. “There’s no loss in selling this stuff” say’s Mang Pabling, “it cannot be rotten, besides you can return it when not sold, and its a consignment, meaning you sell today and tomorrow will be the payment and the returned copies” added by him. true to it, they embrace selling newspaper items and it was the beginning.

Later on, when days becomes months, and months becomes years, one Mr. Martin approached the mother and give a good space at “Talipapa” market. It was a small 20x40cms and at least 40cms in height stall which enough for a newspaper stand. The stall later on included some variety of goods from eggs(white and red), cigarette,  condiments(soy and fish sauce, vinegar and cooking oil)that made it look like a mini sari-sari store.

Mang Pabling becomes the newspaper supplier many years back then. When something happened, a need to find new one. Comes Tutanes, where the deployment was at foot of the PNR railways between Upper Bicutan and Parañaque opposite the market.  It was Tutanes about to resign when  shifted to Mr. Eddie from Pateros.  Good thing the subscription was delivered instead of picking up.

Komiks are gone, memories are forever

It was also with the good location, they include to sell komiks of different publications, Atlas & Graphic Arts Service was popular by then. Atlas, whose being subscriptions includes Pilipino, Espesyal, Darna, TSS, Tagalog and Hiwaga Komiks among others.  While the Graphic Arts Service or popularly known as GASI includes Aliwan, Pioneer, Pinoy Komiks and many other titles. Other popular komiks that time includes Wakasan & Funny Komiks. It was in 2006 when the publications of komiks ceased its publications and the generation today will never meet this pinoy klasik comics no more.

Komiks died naturally, because the apparent rise of technology? Or killed dramatically by nature. Not sure. What amazing with the Philippine Komiks was the artist themselves. With the caliber illustrator like of Clem Rivera, Mar T. Santana, Louie Celerio and Lan Medina to name a few.  You can see how these artists brings to life the story of great writers.  There’s a point that you will just read the story because the illustrator is Clem Rivera or Mar T. Santana or Louie Celerio.  Not minding who wrote the novels.