Pupung is a daily comic strip created by Filipino cartoonist Washington "Tonton" Young. Appearing in the broadsheet Manila Bulletin, the strip revolves around its title character, a young boy, and his family and household. Pupung's family maintains…
Pupung is a daily comic strip created by Filipino cartoonist Washington "Tonton" Young. Appearing in the broadsheet Manila Bulletin, the strip revolves around its title character, a young boy, and his family and household. Pupung's family maintains a lugawan, a restaurant which mainly serves rice congee (Filipino lugaw) dishes.
Pupung debuted as My Little Pupung in the newspaper Tempo on December 15, 1983. The strip later moved to Times Journal, where it remained until January 1986, when Young was fired after spoofing a radio campaign advertisement for then President Ferdinand Marcos. Soon after the First EDSA Revolution in February 1986, Young moved to the Manila Bulletin, where the strip appears to this day.
Originally printed in black and white, it has been published in color in recent years.
Several book-length compilations have been published, starting with The Best of Pupung in 1992. Succeeding compilations have been titled sequentially (The Best of Pupung 2, The Best of Pupung 3, etc.), although the tenth in the series is designated as The Best of Pupung 0 as it features many early strips; the designated tenth compilation that would continue the sequential order of publications was eventually released three years after The Best of Pupung 0.
A restaurant based on the comic strip was opened by Dennis Nakpil in 1986. The restaurant started as an open-air stand which served Filipino dishes such as tapsilog, tosilog, and goto with egg.
A branch operates at the SM Mall of Asia under the name Pupung & Friends. It features more Filipino dishes on the menu, such as pork sisig and lechon kawali. It has montages of the comic strip on the walls.