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Summary

Once in The Eighties, a Filipino architect named Apolonio "Pol" Medina Jr. came home from the Middle East and made a comic strip, inspired partly by a friend who bought a pig farm and partly by other things from his life and work. It debuted in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on May 18, 1988, one of the young paper's first comic strips.

After 25 years, controversy forced Medina to leave on June 6, 2013. Weeks later, it resumed as a webcomic.

It has produced merchandise, book compilations, original graphic novels, and a short-lived live-action TV comedy series in the 1990s.


Premise

Pugad Baboy (Filipino for "pigs' nest") is about the daily life and adventures of a community of people (who happen to be fat) in a Manila suburb. While the main characters are the Sungcal family and their talking dog Polgas, it also features strips tackling Philippine society, culture, and politics.


See Also


Tropes used in Pugad Baboy include:


  • Art Evolution: The early strips resemble little of what they are today in terms of character design. Not only are the eyes bigger, they are also more rounded.
  • Author Avatar: Medina claimed he identifies himself with Dagul (for his serious side), Utoy (for his child-like behavior) and Polgas (for his adventurous side).
    • After his switch to an online format, he now often draws himself interacting with the characters.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Polgas often talks to the reader regarding events in the story or whatever commentaries that he's discussing.
  • Comic Book Time: The kids are still eight/nine years old and haven't aged nor graduated from elementary. And yet, they still play video games, watch cartoons or read books that are popular as time passes. There's also Senator Cabalfin who is still a senator regardless of administration and senate line-up.
  • Big Eaters
  • Fartillery: One story involves Igno using a bacon-covered balloon filled with farts, to be used on Senator Cabalfin's guard dog as part of their plan to watch his maid take a bath. It works... though the dog isn't the only one knocked out.
    • Kules’s usage was the most memorable:

Kules' Arab boss: "I own ten oil refineries."

Kules: "Well, I have only one oil refinery."

Kules' Arab boss: "What does it produce? Benzene?"

-Kules farts, causing the Arab boss' cigarette to explode-

Kules: "Methane."

  • Gratuitous English: Both straight English and "Taglish" forms. Justified as English is also the other national language of the Philippines.
  • Karmic Death: It's suggested that Cassius "G.I." Jones, villain of ‘’Olongapo Caper’’ Arc set in Subic Bay, was killed by the vengeful families of the women he and his henchmen lured into prostitution. Although the local news says that his body was never found, Polgas (in his "Bark Justice" alter ego) created the story to cover up the suggested murder.
  • Rags to Riches: An introduction panel in one of the compilations has Pol telling us how the comic has helped him earn a rather comfortable lifestyle... then poking fun at how his "riches" still look like crap compared to what wealthier Filipinos enjoy.
  • Rule of Funny
    • Disproportionate Retribution: Depending on the scenario, it's either played with or averted for laughs.
    • Hurricane of Puns
    • Hypocritical Humor
    • Running Gags:
      • Pol Medina is way too fond of joking about Arabs and South Asians being stinky to the point of having Unfortunate Implications. One strip series involves a chemical agent called PSSI, with the acronym translating in English as "Iraqi soldier's jock sweat", and another strip has resident hippie Bab scare Tiny and Pao away from their shawarma by claiming that it tastes like an Arab's underarm— which lets him claim the shawarma for himself.
      • Paltik's Circumcision Angst.
      • Polgas' and Dagul's table conversations turning to disgusting subjects, often ending with Debbie kicking them off the table.
      • Brosia’s jokes about Dagul.
      • Tomas being pummeled by his wife Barbie when she sees him flirt with other women.
    • Stupid Surrender: In The Baguio Connection Arc, the Igorot henchmen of Atong Damuho in Baguio didn't surrender because of the combined military might of the PMA cadets and the NPA rebels. It was the appearance of gay men from local St. Louis University that made them give up.
    • Speed Dating: In one strip, Tiny finally accepts Bab to be his girlfriend, for only two seconds. She even says it is the shortest date ever, worthy of the Guinness World Records.
  • Strawman Political: Caricatures of actual politicians appear, to serve Pol’s purposes.
  • Vigilante Man: A Story Arc involves a vigilante group called the Walang Payat Gang (Literally means “No Thin People” Gang), formed by Polgas alongside Utoy, Paltik and Joma. They engaged in non-lethal vigilante operations against the Dirty Cops, culminating in making the local corrupt chief of police mend his ways.
  • Zeerust: The ‘’2078’’ Arc from the early 1990s involved the cast time traveling over a century to the future: one where America is Japan's personal golf course, and the Philippines itself has thoroughly turned Chinese.


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