Spanky was born on March
22, 1942, in the Philippines. He began his career in acting with the
production Halimaw in 1972. He played roles in many
productions, including The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Henry IV (Pirandello), and The Iceman
Cometh. However, it was Himala in 1981 that garnered him
his first major awards, as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Orly, at the
Metro Manila Film Festival and the Catholic Mass Media Awards. They wouldn't be
his last awards in film, as in 1995 he won Best Supporting Actor for his
role in the telemovie Parola at the GMA Network's Bahaghari
Awards, and in 2014 he won Best Actor for his role as Zacarius Monzon in Mga
Ama Mga Anak at the Aliw Awards.
In 2017, Spanky signed
on to play Mr. Jang in the GMA Network adaptation of the Korean
drama My Love from the Star. However, he abruptly left the
show in July 2017 due to health concerns, and on August 4 of that
year, it was announced that he was suffering from stage 4 lung cancer. It was
because of this that he passed away on January 14, 2018.
I share a trio hit with
the always-competitive Gerard Tierney and Allen Kirshner. Each of us gets 9
points (8 for hit, 1 for trio). As this is my first year competing in this pool,
I am excited to see where this takes me to this year, and I hope everyone will
have a fun game this year.