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Joseph Amoto-Formaran

(1969-07-25)July 25, 1969
Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines
DiedNovember 21, 2016(2016-11-21) (aged 47)
Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Other namesJoey, Blakdyak
OccupationSinger, comedian
Years active1988–2015
Spouse(s)Twinkle Estanislao-Formaran (died 2018)

Blakdyak (July 25, 1969 – November 21, 2016) was a Filipino actor-comedian and reggae singer.[1] He was known as "The King of Pinoy Reggae".

Early life[edit]

Blakdyak was born Joseph Amoto-Formaran on July 25, 1969 in Olongapo City, Zambales. Blakdyak's music is reggae with ska spiced up with novelty. Blakdyak's American serviceman-father (who was once stationed in Subic Naval Base in Olongapo City where he met Joey's mother) is of Jamaican descent.


Blakdyak started singing in high school in Castillejos, Zambales. He began to earn money from singing when some comedian-performers included him in their shows performing in provinces. He soon migrated to Manila and formed his own band. In 1997, Viva Records discovered him and immediately signed him up to record an album.

With his hit singles "Good Boy" and "Noon at Ngayon", Blakdyak became the first local solo reggae act to achieve tremendous success in the entertainment field.

Blakdyak received his first Platinum Record Award for his first album Noon at Ngayon. In the 1998 Awit Awards, he won as the Best Novelty Act awardee and the Best New Male Performer.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to non-showbiz wife Twinkle Estanislao-Formaran[3] (died March 31, 2018),[4] with whom he had four children.


Blakdyak was found dead inside his condominium unit in Sampaloc, Manila on November 21, 2016. His head was covered with a plastic bag, but the circumstances leading to his death are unclear.[5]


Studio albums[edit]

Album Tracks Year Records
Noon at Ngayon "Noon at Ngayon"
"Modelong Charing"
"Tugtog Tayo"
"Good Boy"
"Don't Do That Joey"
"Hayop na Combo"
1997 Viva Records
Magic Kapote "Good Vibration"
"Magic Kapote"
"Dahil Sa'yo"
"Shaken Reggae"
"Asin at Paminta"
2000 Viva Records
Bumbay "Summer Reggae"
"Bilin ni Lola"
2005 Viva Records
Blakdyak's Tribe "Sino Ba"
"Iska Talong"
"Beep Beep"
"May Tama"
"Tumawa ng Tumawa"
"Bilog na Naman ang Buwan"
"Hot Mistiso"
"Bahay Kubo"
2007 Viva Records



Title Role Year
Alyas Boy Kano Michael 1992
Squala Overdose 1998
Gangland Banjo 1998
Dahil May Isang Ikaw Himself 1999
Asin at Paminta Himself 1999
Weyt a Minit, Kapeng Mainit[6] Ado 2001
S2pid Luv[7] Bin 2002
Masikip Sa Dibdib: The Boobita Rose Story Himself (Last Film Appearance) 2004


  1. ^ Sibonga, Glen P. (October 9, 2009). "Blakdyak returns to the music scene with a new album and his own reggae band" (in Filipino). Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Unite, Betheena Kae; Ramos, Neil (November 22, 2016). "Blakdyak found dead". Manila Bulletin News. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Blakdyak's wife in shock over husband's death: 'Dapat may gig siya tonight'". GMA News Online. November 21, 2016. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Gabinete, Jojo (April 3, 2018). "Misis ng singer-comedian na si Blakdyak, pumanaw na rin" (in Filipino). Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Kaamiño, Hajji (November 21, 2016). "Singer-comedian Blakdyak found dead". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Bautista, Mario E (November 11, 2001). "Why Janno can't wait a minute |". Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Asis, Salve V (April 19, 2002). "Judy Ann/Sharon movie, pinipigilan! |". (in Filipino). Retrieved October 14, 2018.