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CNN Philippines Presents: Malang celebrates life of the national artist

CNN Philippines tells the story of a national artist whose life, career and creations elevated the status of art and design in the country. CNN Presents: Malang is an ode to Mauro “Malang” Santos, the Filipino cartoonist, illustrator and painter whose illustrious career has produced a body of work that remains to be one of the pinnacles of modern Philippine art.

At 89 years old—and 70 years from his humble beginnings as a comic strip creator for a daily broadsheet in 1947—Malang passed away on June 10, 2017. His death left his remarkable works, first as an illustrator—as seen in his politically-themed cartoons Kosme the Cop and Chain Gang Charlie—and painter, when he started creating critically-acclaimed works on canvas such as Barrio Fiesta, commissioned for the FGI-Insular Life Building and is considered to be one of his best works.

CNN Presents: Malang posthumously surveys his life and his iconic contributions to local art, as told by members of Malang’s close circle. Hear never-before-heard narratives on the artist from his children Soler and Sarah, his grandchildren, Malang’s trusted staff, and renowned art patrons who have faithfully recognized Malang’s remarkable works of art.

Art patron Sari Ortiga, who owns The Crucible Gallery where Malang’s art is often displayed, says at one point in the special: “I think [Malang] was the most controversial artist of his time… He lived it, he breathed it, he created it. He was controversial in his crusade against the authenticity of the art… [It’s his one] legacy that we will never forget.”

Tune in to CNN Philippines as we pay tribute to the life of the great Filipino artist.

CNN Presents: Malang will premiere on August 19, Saturday, 8PM and with replays on August 20, Sunday, 10AM and August 21, Monday, 9:30AM. Tune in to CNN Philippines on Facebook (, via live streaming at, and on free TV Channel 9.


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