The manga style, primarily as a visual style, will always have its roots in Japan. It cannot be claimed by any other country. (Even as it is an innovation of Betty Boop & Bambi.)
Filipino komiks with a Japanese manga style is fruit of that Japanese influence.
Many young Pinoy artists are exposed to anime / manga and they see the work opportunities for those who illustrate in the anime / manga styles these artists will opt to illustrate in that style.
So when they make komiks (or comics) they make it in their favorite style – Japanese manga style. They have adapted its visual devices and clichÃ©s.
Now the probability of creating a poor comic is much greater than producing a good one, especially when one doesn’t have the training or the support.
The end result is a lot of poor quality manga-style Pinoy komiks exceeding the number of those that are done well in the same style.
Nonetheless, I think that if it were not for anime/manga we wouldn’t get as many young artists getting involved in animation and comics.
Now it is only practical for our artists to seek work that will support them artistically & financially. With Anime/Manga as a global phenomenon, the skilled manga artist will not go hungry.
Is the Pinoy artist proud of the Philippines being a call-center capital? What about a nurse and domestic helper provider? If you are proud of our English-speaking skills and our OFWs – then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be proud of Filipino comic book artists who work in the manga style.
In all examples above, it is the Filipino’s ability to adapt that is important. It is my opinion that the realism in the works of the old Pinoy komik masters reflects this. Realism is enduring and stands the test of time since it can be adapted to many storylines. Visit the Philippine Comic Museum at Komikero.com to see what I mean.
Who are we to deny this generation of Pinoy artists to adapt to the anime/manga if it means they can use the money there to send their brothers and sisters to school? And wouldn’t it be more satisfying for a Pinoy artist to work in the manga style than to exchange his/her gift for answering calls in a call center?
As to the question as to whether the manga style is suitable to carry Filipino language and story – that begs another discussion.