Veteran actor Spanky Manikan dies

Do you remember ABS CBS’s teleserye “Honesto”?

In a remote village lived people who’ve got an allergic reaction whenever they tell lies.   The elderly Spanky Manikan headed that village.   His daughter in the teleserye, Maricar Reyes, got pregnant by Paulo Avelino, giving birth to Raikko Mateo, popularly known as Honesto.

Veteran actor Spanky Manikan dies
Veteran actor Spanky Manikan dies just traced the roots of the title character.  But what truly stood out on that teleserye was the remarkable portrayal of the many actors and actresses, Manikan included.

Sadly, this veteran actor can no longer give us his exceptional performance.  He died last January 14, after his long battle with lung cancer.  He was 75.

The news was confirmed after his equally talented actress wife Susan Africa texted her manager Ed Instrella.  In a text message Africa relayed that Manikan “peacefully joined his Creator at 11:41 today.”

Manikan was in and out of the hospital for varied complications due to his stage four lung cancer.   His sickness was made public last August 2017.    Several of his  friends even organized the “Sunday for Spanky” fund-raising campaign to assist his medical expenses.  His illness almost drained the family’s savings.

Aside from Honesto, Manikan played in many Kapamilya television shows including “Tayong Dalawa,” “Lobo,” and “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.”

Manikan was one of the Philippine cinema’s most seasoned character actors. He was best known for his portrayal in the films “Bona,” “Maynila sa Kuko Ng Liwanag,” and “Himala.”

He got several recognition, too, for his unprecedented acting.  Among his trophies includes a Best Supporting Actor from the Metro Manila Film Festival.  He got the same recognition from the Catholic Mass Media Awards for his exceptional portrayal in the film “Himala.”

Just like Africa’s wish for him, prays for Manikan’s eternal peace and happiness.  We also thank you for your commitment in giving your best in Philippine show business.

Berlin Domingo

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