King of Komiks resur­faces in Cebu

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

LOOK what I got. A let­ter from the one and only Carlo J. Ca­paras. Read on and you will eas­ily dis­cern the other side of the man who suf­fered in­jus­tice just by be­ing the dar­ling of the masses— his hu­mil­i­a­tion in­flicted no less b y those pro­fess­ing to be the van­guards of lit­er­a­ture but were, in fact, a bunch of wolves in sheep’s cloth­ing, to use a cliché. Wasn’t his na­tional artist award stripped, rather bru­tally, due to the urg­ings of the mod­ern-day Pharisees who averred, wrong­fully, of course, that the King of Komiks doesn’t de­serve a spot in the pan­theon of greats?

Carlo J now lives in Cebu—qui­etly—in obe­di­ence to the dy­ing wish of his wife, the much-adored Donna.

Here is Carlo J. Un­ex­pur­gated.

“OK sana and pre­dic­tion mo pare kay Tsit­si­pas (the 21-year-old Greek sen­sa­tion who ousted Roger Fed­erer in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the just-ended Aus­tralian Open) kung hindi siya car­ried away ng in­stant celebrity com­plex…nakakadala na kasi ang karami­han sa young turks natin sa ten­nis, as in the likes of Thiem and Kyr­gios. Both with boom­ing serves but they seem to bomb their way out of glory—soon?

“An­other promis­ing boy is A. Zverev, but his fluc­tu­at­ing per­for­mance is some­thing an­noy­ing for the bet­ting pub­lic like my son CJ. HE HE. De Min­aur and Shapo­valob also seem promis­ing but the vet­er­ans know how to tame their games in the big tour.

“Big Four (Djokovic, Nadal, Fed­erer and Mur­ray) will re­main on top for more years be­cause of their dis­ci­pline and pas­sion…es­pe­cially their in­nate hum­ble­ness.

“Wawrinka and Is­ner are still there ready to snipe at the up­starts.

“Ten­nis is the equi­lib­rium of men­tal and phys­i­cal sports where great­ness can be de­fined by spec­tac­u­lar wins and hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feats…and most of all by their stay­ing power (like Al Men­doza & Carlo J. Ca­paras HAHAHAHA!).”

Carlo J and I go a long way.

I did komiks, too, but I left it for sportswrit­ing as I knew early on I couldn’t com­pete with him.

When we met again years later, Carlo J ad­mit­ted to me, “I also dreamed of be­com­ing a sports­writer, but when you beat me to it, I stuck to komiks writ­ing.”

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