Babalu (comedian)

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Born Pablito Sarmiento
(1942-06-29)June 29, 1942
Sampaloc, Manila, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Died August 27, 1998(1998-08-27) (aged 56)
Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines
Resting place Loyola Memorial Park
Parañaque City
Occupation Actor and Comedian
Years active 1963–1998

Pablito Sarmiento (June 29, 1942 – August 27, 1998), better known as Babalu, was a Filipino comedian and actor.

Babalu is considered as "one of the most famous and beloved comedians" in the Philippines. He was a Filipino celebrity under ABS-CBN. He is the nephew of the famous actor Panchito Alba. Dolphy, the king of Philippine Comedy, discovered Babalu's talent as a comedian. His screen name was a reference to his long chin ("baba" is the Filipino term for "chin") of which was sometimes a subject of on-screen ridicule, usually by himself. Babalu was given a featured role on the Philippines' leading comedy-variety show Buhay Artista. His appearances in movies and television included the shows Home Along Da Riles and Oki Doki Doc. Babalu's life story was featured on the television show Maalaala Mo Kaya "Imahe ng Berhen" on July 3, 2003.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He grew up in Sampaloc, Manila in his grandmother's home with his mother, one sister and three brothers. Babalu fathered a son. For several years and until his death, he was living with his long-time partner who eventually became his wife prior to his death, with whom he had a child.[citation needed]


He died of liver cancer on August 27, 1998, aged 56, in his home at Antipolo City. He was buried in Loyola Memorial Park in Parañaque City.[2]. The film Tar-San is dedicated to his memory.


  1. ^ Vanzi, Sol Jose. The Babalu Story: 'Maalaala Mo Kaya', Newsflash, Philippine Headline News Online, July 3, 2003,

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