Kevin Eric Raymundo, aka Tarantadong Kalbo, is a genius. He narrates an entire social issue with just an illustration of a house in a single square panel. Its caption: Nakakapagod maging resilient (It's tiring to be resilient). The panel has gone viral with thousands of positive reactions on Facebook. Without criticizing anyone, Raymundo lends a voice to the silent frustrations of Filipinos through "Tarantadong Kalbo Volume 1," a collection of panels he illustrated throughout the year.
Currently, Raymundo is a freelance animator. He has been in the animation industry for roughly 15 years, and worked on the Netflix original film Hayop Kaby Rocketsheep studios.
"I started drawing at an early age, probably 5-ish," Raymundo tells Esquire Philippines.
Nakakapagod Maging Resilient
Raymundo has been illustrating panels of "TK Vol. 1" for almost a year. According to a fellow artist and comic book creator Bambi Eloriaga-Amago, Raymundo can be considered among the handful of artists who can tap into the pulse of Filipinos. "Alam na alam niya at naipapakita niya—in just a few panels—all the frustration, exasperation, incredulity, and hope that a Filipino living in these insane times is feeling," writes Eloriaga-Amago in her brief review of Raymundo's work.
Most of the panels in "TK Vol. 1" can be found on Raymundo's Facebook page, Tarantadong Kalbo, which has over 100,000 followers. Although his panels are simple and sometimes uncaptioned, they deliver powerful social commentary, like this panel depicting Angel Locsin, Catriona Gray, and Liza Soberano.
Other panels poke fun at issues that dominated discussions throughout the year.