Posted on | February 26, 2010 | Comments Off
Local cartoonist Francisco “Corky” Flores Trinidad Jr. was fondly remembered with the establishment of the Corky Trinidad Endowment Fund for Mānoa’s Center for Philippine Studies. The fund will provide assistance to scholars at Mānoa in the fields of journalism, mass communications, fine arts, performing arts, ethnic minorities, international studies, media studies and human rights who have an academic focus or interest in Philippine studies.
Trinidad was the first Asian editorial cartoonist to be syndicated in the United States, appearing in publications as diverse as the New York Times and International Herald Tribune in Paris to the Punch of London and Philippines Daily Herald.
In 1969 he joined the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. For nearly four decades, he penned daily and often twice-daily cartoon panels, and in addition, syndicated the comic strips Zeus! and Aloha Eden. Trinidad also taught cartooning at Mānoa, and always welcomed young cartoonists into his office. During his career he won many awards, and in 2005 he was inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists’ Hawaiʻi Journalism Hall of Fame.
The fund was established as a collaborative effort by the Friends of Corky, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Society of Professional Journalists of Honolulu, Pamana Dancers and the Filipino Community Center, which together raised $42,916. The group plans to keep fundraising to build this endowment further.
“The endowment marks another accomplishment for Corky’s legacy, but this is one that will help students’ pursuits in journalism or other interests,” said Trinidad’s son, Lorenzo Trinidad. “It’s good to know that Corky will still be around in this way, still helping out the next generation.”