Carlo J. Caparas Dies At 80

Carlo J. Caparas passed away

The daughter of Carlo J Caparas confirmed the death of the veteran filmmaker on Saturday night.

Caparas first rose to fame as a comic strip creator. Among the famous characters he created in comics were Panday, Bakekang, Totoy Bato, Tasya Fantasya, Joaquin Bordado, and many more.

Eventually, he became a film producer and director. Some of his comic characters were brought to the big screen and roles were portrayed by notable stars in the Philippine entertainment industry.

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The legacy of Carlo J. Caparas in the industry will continue despite it was recently confirmed by her daughter, Peach Caparas, that he died at the age of 80. In her Facebook post, Peach honored her father.

She thanked his father’s contribution to the industry and that every story he created will be remembered. “Dad, you will forever be loved, cherished, and honored…by all of us,” she wrote.

Peach also shared a poem dedicated to his father’s legacy, based on the article in the Philippine Entertainment Portal.

SA BAWAT TIPA NG MAKINILYA (an ode to Direk Carlo J.),” ito ang nilalaman ng kanyang tula:

Halos umaga na, sa libliban ng Ugong
isang makinilya, pilitang binabasag ang katahimikan roon.
Isang mananalaysay ng kwento ng buhay, nilalabanan ang antok, nagsusunog ng kilay.
Sa kanyang taglay na brilyo mga obra maestrang nobela kanyang nabuo.
Panday, Pieta, Elias Paniki, Bakekang, Totoy Bato ang ilan lamang sa mga ito.
Sa larangan ng komiks siya ang naghari, naging bahagi ng kultura, naging yaman ng lahi.

Umabot sa lona ng pinilakang tabing, hinangaan, pinalakpakan ng bayang magiting. Subalit buhay ay sadyang may wakas…
“Pack up na Direk”. Oras na ng uwian.
Hayaang kasaysayan ang humusga sa iyong mga obra.
Salamat Direk Carlo J. sa mga dibuho at istorya.
Mga istoryang nabuo sa bawat tipa ng iyong makinilya…
Carlo J. Caparas 1944 – 2024
Dad, you will forever be loved, cherished, and honored…by all of us. Love, The children of a King

Peach also shared that the wake will start on May 27 from 12 p.m. to 12 midnight at the Golden Haven Memorial Chapels and Crematorium, in Villar Sipag, C5 Extension Road, Brgy. Manuyo Dos, Las Piñas.

In 2009, Caparas was proclaimed by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as National Artist under the category “Visual Arts and Film.” However, many people contradicted that decision made by the second female president in the country.

Reportedly, opposing parties pointed out that Carlo J Caparas was not the one who draw the comics based on his stories and that his films would not reach the standards of the National Artist level.

Based on the article in Spot.ph, in 2013, the Supreme Court nullified the National Artist recognition given to Caparas, as well as three other recipients Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, architect Francisco Mañosa, and fashion designer Jose ‘Pitoy’ Moreno.” SC stated in its decision that the recognition was void “because it was issued with grave abuse of discretion.”