Meeting Roni Santiago: Living Legend in the Cartooning Industry

Wednesday, September 07, 2011 Stef dela Cruz 5 Comments

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity of meeting Roni Santiago. It begs the question, “How many living legends do you get to meet in a lifetime?”

When I was a kid, my uncle used to bring me Funny Comics, which I enjoyed immensely. I remember reading Planet Opdi Eyps in its first few pages. As my milk teeth grew out and I stopped wearing pigtails, I continued to read comic strips in newspapers. I came across Baltic & Co., among many others that I have grown to enjoy whenever I turned to the comics section of newspapers.

As chance would have it, I got to meet the creator of Planet Opdi Eyps, Kuyug, and Baltic & Co.: none other than Roni Santiago. He was more than happy to autograph my copy of Baltic & Co. 2, which I bought from the bookstore a few days back.

Roni Santiago

A man of his experience and caliber has a lot to say about being a cartoonist and about life in general. “Importante ang nag-eenjoy ka sa trabaho mo (Enjoying what you do is what matters),” he shared, his words holding more wisdom than meets the eye. The longevity of his career proves that he is a man who practices what he preaches.

Roni Santiago has built a niche for himself, creating a staggering volume of comic strips through the years. Also the editor of Manila Bulletin’s Comics Section, he has made his passion his lifetime achievement. And really, how many of us can say the same?

Roni Santiago

Meeting Roni Santiago, the man behind the comic strips I enjoyed when I was too little to realize what they meant, has brought me to crave for the same work ideals, challenge my choices in life – and aspire to do what I love until my body can no longer humor me and my almost-childish dreams.

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.


  1. I love Planet Opdi Eyps. Started reading Funny Komiks back in 1981. I have a Planet tshirt which i bought in BRANDED a few years back,with Haring Matsungit,Matsutsu & Bardagol with the palace at the background,wonder why Reyna Orang wasn't included in the design? I hope to meet Roni Santiago sometime and get him to sign one of my PFK's with Planet on the cover.

  2. I'm sure he'll be delighted to get to meet people who appreciate his work. :) I do hope you get to meet him and get his autograph. He's a nice guy and funny, too. :)

  3. I knew him. He was mine or my little brother's godfather. I remember whenever we used to go with my dad at work (they used to work together, my dad was the editorial cartoonist) he would chat to us and give us little presents.

  4. Andrea, what's your dad's name? :) I'll tell Mr. Santiago that you read this article about him.

  5. Hi Stef,

    His name is Willy Aguino. Thanks.