Some people might have had strong feelings for Eddie "Manoy" Garcia for his antagonistic roles in various films and television shows, but that was just proof that he was one of the best at what he did.
Eddie Garcia, who was a native of Sorsogon, was born on May 2, 1929.
During his younger years, his only ambition was to serve the country as a military man. He was a part of the Philippine Scouts during World War II, serving together with the U.S. Army.
He wanted to stay as a soldier but was sidetracked when the movie industry opened its doors for him.
Since the 1940s, the veteran actor has starred in countless movies, portraying almost every possible role, He will always be remembered as a villain in some of Fernando Poe Jr.'s blockbuster action films. His excellent acting prowess was also recognized by various award-giving bodies, both local and international, with the most recent coming from the Gawad Urian.
His awards, although, never affected his character. As recounted by almost everyone he has worked with, Eddie was always the first to arrive on set. He never got tired, and he would do everything he could to improve a scene.
Manoy also tried working behind the scenes. He directed several films starring the country's biggest stars, including Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos, and Sharon Cuneta.
Despite his age, he continued to work on various projects, taking every role offered to him fearlessly. His last project under ABS-CBN was the hit primetime series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano." He also appeared in the 2014 blockbuster “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin” and in the 2017 action-fantasy “Ang Panday.”
With the mark that he made on the industry, people were left worried when he figured in an accident while filming a television series last June 8. The veteran actor suffered a neck fracture and remained in a comatose state.
His family agreed to place him on DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) status last June 15 and decided to limit visitors to prevent further complications from occurring. He stayed dependent on a ventilator and medication to maintain his blood pressure, with the last electroencephalogram (EEG) study showing minimal brain activity.
On the afternoon of June 20, the veteran actor took the final curtain call, leaving a legacy spanning over seven decades. He was 90 years old.
Manoy's passing is a great loss to the country's showbiz industry, and his memory will live among all of us, forever.
Farewell, Eddie Garcia!
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