AWARD winning veteran actor Spanky Manikan has passed away. He was 75.
Manikan’s wife, Susan Africa, said in a text message to her manager Ed Instrella that her husband “peacefully joined his Creator at 11:41 today (Sunday).”
“Please pray for his eternal peace and happiness. Thank you for everything,” Africa added.
Reports said that Manikan suffered from stage four lung cancer. He was in and out of the hospital because of various complications resulting from his illness.
In August, fellow actor Nanding Josef wrote on social media that Manikan “has been hospitalized four times already which has drained family savings.”
Several friends of the veteran actor organized the “Sunday for Spanky” fund-raising campaign to help him with his medical expenses.
Manikan has three children: Eli, Mika and Miguel.
A profile on Manikan said that he began his theater career with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) in the production “Halimaw” in 1972. Since then, he has acted with Dulaang UP, Manila Metropolitan Theater, Bulwagang Gantimpala and Tanghalang Pilipino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).
In films, Manikan is best known for his roles in “Maynila sa Kuko Ng Liwanag,” “Bona,” “Broken Marriage,” and “Himala,” for which he was named best supporting actor at the 1981 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Manikan was also cited Best Actor (Non-Musical) by the Aliw Awards for his portrayal of Zacarias Monzon in Tanghalang Pilipino’s Mga Ama Mga Anak in 2014. EIREENE JAIREE GOMEZ