Philippine Collegian’s unofficial mascot, Tibo, turns 41 this year

By Ibarra C. Mateo

Tibo cartoon strip by Rizaldy Zuno

Created by UP College of Fine Arts alumnus Rizaldy Zuno during his stint with the Philippine Collegian in 1979, Tibo or Primitivo Collegiano was born on Sept. 27, 1979.

Tibo’s maiden appearance was initially planned to be a one-time form of protest when then President Marcos banned Voltes V and other Japanese animation shows in April 1979 because they contained “excessive violence” and were “harmful” to children.

Tibo was received positively by the UP Diliman students, prompting Mr. Zuno and the Collegian staff to make him a regular feature of the newspaper.

We do not know the student number of Tibo. But he eventually leaped from the pages of Collegian to a student theater stage. I am trying to find out details of his stage debut.

Happy 41st birthday, Tibo!

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