Eddie Garcia

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For the American football player, see Eddie Garcia (American football).
This name uses Philippine naming customs. The matronymic is Verchez and the family name is García.
Eddie García
Eddie García (right of photo)
Born Eduardo Verchez Garcia
(1929-05-02) 2 May 1929 (age 87)
Sorsogon City, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Other names Manoy
Years active 1948–present

Eduardo Verchez García (born May 2, 1929) popularly known as Eddie Garcia or Manoy is a Spanish Filipino film actor and film director.

With over 300 films as of 2011,[1] he is the Filipino actor who has appeared in the most number of movies.[2]

He is also the only person in the Philippines inducted into the FAMAS Hall of Fame in three categories: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director.[3]


Born to Antonio García and Vicenta Verchez on May 2, 1929 in Sorsogon, Sorsogon,[4][5][3][6] he spent his early life in the municipality of Juban.[1] He served with the Philippine Scouts during World War II and was stationed as a military policeman in Okinawa, Japan before joining show business.[5][2]


García started acting in the movie Siete Infantes de Lara in 1949.[5][1][2]

He directed his first movie Karugtong ng Kahapon in 1961.[1]

He is known for portraying roles of either the main villain, the lead or a supporting character. He is also known for his trademark humorous lines which he says mostly in action films or comedy films.[7]

As of March 2011, he has appeared in approximately 400 movies and TV shows.[8]

Since 2013, García is currently a part of ABS-CBN.[9] He first appeared on Juan dela Cruz,[10] and later on Honesto. In 2014, he is part of the cast of Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon. In 2015 García return to GMA Network after staying in ABS CBN for 2 years his first project with GMA Network is to be a part of the long time drama The Half Sisters and the Family Drama Little Nanay. In 2016 Garcia once again return to ABS-CBN as Don Emilio in FPJ's Ang Probinsyano reuniting with Coco Martin and Albert Martinez.



Title Year Role Network
Ang Probinsyano 2016 Don Emilio Syquia ABS-CBN
Little Nanay 2015 Don Miguel Vallejo / G Pop GMA Network
The Half Sisters 2015 Eduardo Guevarra-McBride GMA Network
Nathaniel 2015 Moises Domingo ABS-CBN
Wansapanataym Presents: Yamashita's Treasures 2015 Haring Dimetrius ABS-CBN
Give Love on Christmas:The Gift Giver 2014 Ernest Aguinaldo ABS-CBN
Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon 2014 Magno Ruiz ABS-CBN
Honesto 2013 Lemuel Galang ABS-CBN
Toda Max 2013 Engineer Manny Boy ABS-CBN
Little Champ 2013 Champion (voice) ABS-CBN
Juan Dela Cruz 2013 Julian "Lolo Juls" Dela Cruz ABS-CBN
Aso ni San Roque 2012 Supremo / Police Director Danilo Aragon GMA Network
Third Eye 2012 Lolo Gimo TV5
Legacy 2012 Don Romualdo Alcantara GMA Network
Iglot 2011 Celso Samar GMA Network
Rod Santiago's The Sisters 2011 Mayor Enrique Zialcita TV5
Babaeng Hampaslupa 2011 Edward Wong TV5
Jillian: Namamasko Po 2010 Zeldy GMA Network
Koreana 2010 Chang Hee Jung GMA Network
Pilyang Kerubin 2010 Mang Potpot (Angel of Death) GMA Network
Pinoy Records Presents: Pinoy Extreme Talent 2010 Guest Judge GMA Network
Talentadong Pinoy 2009 Guest Judge TV5
Pangarap Kong Jackpot 2009 Lolo Hugo NBN
Mars Ravelo's Darna 2009 Father Mateo GMA Network
Carlo J. Capara's Totoy Bato 2009 Coach Fredo GMA Network
LaLola 2008/2009 Don Aguirre Lobregat GMA Network
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sing-sing II 2008 Panyong ABS-CBN
Carlo J. Caparas' Joaquin Bordado 2008 General Russo GMA Network
Obra 2008 GMA Network
Asian Treasures 2007 Professor Wakan U. Matadtu / Supremo / Datu Makatunaw GMA Network
Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang 2007 GMA Network
Majika 2006 Markadan GMA Network
Mars Ravelo's Darna 2005 Mambabarang GMA Network
Marinara 2004 Haring Carpa GMA Network
Narito Ang Puso Ko 2003 Felipe San Victores GMA Network
Kung Mawawala Ka 2002 President Leandro Montemayor GMA Network
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Title Year Role Film production
Kahit ang Mundo'y Magunaw 1949
Huling Patak ng Dugo 1950 Sampaguita Pictures
Siete Infantes de Lara 1950 MC Productions
Kilabot sa Makiling 1950
Ang alamat ni Julian Makabayan 1979 Catholic Parish Priest Ian Film Productions and White Gold Films
Get My Son Dead or Alive 1982 Maj. Ricardo Parraguas Tagalog Ilang Ilang Productions
May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo 1984 Lauro Essex Films
May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga 1984 Lauro Essex Films
Kahit Iputok mo Walang Api 1989 Tomas Alejandro Diamond Films (Eddie Garcia's First Action Film Role)
Ako ang Batas 1989 Gen. Tomas Karingal Seiko Films
HEPE Isasabay kita sa Paglubog ng Araw 1990 Joselito Marasigan Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
Hukom 45 1990 Judge Enrico Corpuz Viva Films
Boyong Manalac: Hoodlum Terminator 1991 Boyong Manalac Viva Films
Mayor Latigo 1991 Meliton Geronimo OctoArts Films
Alyas Ninong 1992 Valentin Zapanta OctoArts Films
Andres Manambit: Angkan sa Matatapang 1992 Andres Manambit Viva Films
Galvez: Hanggang Sa Dulo ng Mundo Hahanapin Kita! 1993 Judge Efren Galvez Regal Films
Maestro Toribio 1993 Maestro Toribio OctoArts Films
Ultimatum 1994 Cpl. Ariston Mamaril Viva Films
Marami Ka Pang Kakainin ng Bigas 1994 Ping Viva Films
Melencio Magat: Dugo Laban sa Dugo 1995 Melencio Magat Regal Films
Duwelo 1996 Ramon Aguila Regal Films
Moises Arcangel: Sa Guhit ng Bala 1996 Moises Arcangel MAQ Productions
Emong Salvacion: Oras Ka nang Magtago sa Pinanggalingan mo! 1996 Emong Salvacion MAQ Productions
Mariano Mison NBI 1997 Mariano Mison Star Cinema
Sambahin ang Ngalan Mo! 1998 Don Ramon MAQ Productions
Tigasin 1999 Greg Marcial Star Cinema
Masamang Ugat 2003 Viva Films
The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin 2011 Benjamin "Ben" Santos VI
Ang Panday 2 2011 Amang Daluyong GMA Films
Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna Story 2013 Atty. Dante Sagalongos Viva Films
The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin 2014 Benjamin "Ben" Santos VI
Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo 2014 Museum curator Philippians Productions
Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby (Short Film) 2015 TBA Roadrunner Network, Inc.
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  • Crisis (2005)
  • Abakada Ina (2001)
  • Hinukay Ko na ang Libingan Mo (1991)
  • Imortal (1989)
  • Kung Kasalanan Man (1989)
  • Kung Aagawin mo ang Lahat sa Akin (1987)
  • Saan Nagtatago ang Pag-ibig (1987)
  • Huwag Mong Itanong Kung Bakit? (1986)
  • Magdusa Ka (1986)
  • Palimos ng Pag-ibig (1986)
  • Kailan Sasabihing Mahal Kita (1985)
  • Friends in Love (1982)
  • Forgive and Forget (1982)
  • Cross My Heart (1982)
  • Sinasamba Kita (1982)
  • P.S. I Love You (1981)
  • Atsay (1978)
  • Pinagbuklod ng Langit (1969)
  • Blackmail (1966)
  • Deadline Agosto 13 (1966)
  • Sabotage (1966)
  • G-2: Taga-usig ng Kaaway (1965)
  • Kalaban ng Sindikato (1965)
  • Historia de Un Amor (1963)
  • Karugtong ng Kahapon (1961)[1]

Personal life[edit]

García has always been private on his personal life. He considers his acting profession and private life as separate.[5][3][1] A seasoned actor, he lives a relatively simple life without any luxury cars and expensive equipment, enjoying only target shooting as a sport.[8][11] García maintains a healthy lifestyle through exercise,[5] vitamin supplements,[12] and healthy diet, stressing he prefers fish and vegetables more than meat.[3][1]

His family is among the descendants of Spanish Pinaminomons settlers.[13] He is a former member of the Philippine Scouts in Okinawa during World War II. The Philippine Military Academy Marangal (Honorable) Class of 1974 also adopted him as one of their honorary classmates, alongside First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.

He has a daughter living in San Diego, California by the name of Lisa Ortega. Not much are known about his spouse or his family. Throughout his career, he has been known for his professionalism, and has evaded intrigues and controversies linking him to any of his fellow co-stars,[10] unlike his contemporaries who are known for their various relationships with other women.

He was also good friends with fellow veteran actors Dolphy and Fernando Poe Jr. He also witnessed the last moment of FPJ. Earlier that year during the 2004 presidential elections, he and Dolphy were campaigning alongside FPJ.

Awards and nominations[edit]

García has received numerous awards throughout his career. Despite this, he remains level-headed, stressing he doesn't make movies aiming for awards.[11][14]

FAMAS Awards[edit]

García is the most awarded and nominated person in the long history of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards. He garnered a total of 34 nominations (13 for Best Supporting Actor, 10 for Best Actor and 11 for Best Director). Out of these, he got 6 Best Supporting Actor wins, 5 Best Actor wins and 5 Best Director wins, 3 Hall of Fame Awards, 1 Lifetime Achievement Award and the Fernando Poe, Jr. Memorial Award. He was awarded his first FAMAS Award in 1957 and his last FAMAS, a Hall of Fame for Best Actor, in 2003.

He is the only performer in Philippine movie history to win three consecutive FAMAS Awards: Best Supporting Actor Awards for Taga sa Bato (1957), Condenado (1958) and Tanikalang Apoy (1959).[7]

García is also the first actor to be inducted in the FAMAS Best Supporting Actor Hall of Fame of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences in 1974.

Luna Awards[edit]

Three Luna Awards for Best Director for the movies Magdusa Ka in 1986, Saan Nagtatago and Pag-ibig in 1987, and Abakada Ina in 2001 were conferred upon him by the Film Academy of the Philippines.[15]

He was bestowed the Best Actor award for the movie Death Row in 2000.[15]

MMFF-P Awards[edit]

The Metro Manila Film Festival Philippines Award for Best Director was conferred to him for the film Imortal in 1989.[15]

He was awarded the Best Actor for the movie Mano Po in 2002.[15] He was on Saved By The Bell "No hope with Dope"

Gawad Urian Awards[edit]

He earned the Urian Award for Pangunahing Aktor (Best Actor) for the movie Death Row in 2000.[15]

The Natatanging Gawad Urian award was bestowed upon him in 2006.[15]

Lifetime achievement awards[edit]

In 1998, he earned the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Lifetime Achievement Award.[15]

He was also awarded the first Dolphy Lifetime Achievement Award - Ulirang Alagad ng Sining during the Entertainment Press Society’s Golden Screen TV Awards in 2013.[16]

International film awards[edit]

García earned his first international film award at the 55th Asia-Pacific Film Festival as the lead actor for the movie Bwakaw in December 15, 2012, garnering the Best Actor award,[14][17] the only Filipino so far to win the award (as of 2016).

Other awards[edit]

He earned his first Best Actor in a Drama Series award at the 2002 Star Awards.[7]

Featured lists[edit]

In August 2014, García was included in two lists: Inside Showbiz magazine's list of five best of the living Filipino actors,[18] and the Philippines' Yes! Magazine's list of 2014’s 100 Most Beautiful Stars.[19]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Tariman, Pablo A. (30 April 2011). "The ageless Eddie Garcia". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Zulueta, Lito B. "EDDIE GARCIA: Actor, director, icon, Philippine cinema's one-man totem pole". Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP). MPP. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Mendoza, Abby (29 March 2013). "The longevity of Eddie Garcia". Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP). Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Jesús García Verchez's Birth Register: Part 1 and Part 2
  5. ^ a b c d e Agbayani, Claire (6 December 2002). "The Simple Truth About Eddie Garcia". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Mateo, Pilar (26 July 2012). "Eddie Garcia: 'One of these days, I'll follow Dolphy, and I have everything prepared'". Interaksyon.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Buan-Deveza, Reyman (2008-07-25). "Eddie Garcia stars in indie film 'Fuchsia'". ABS-CBN News Online. Retrieved 2008-08-09. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b Sicam, Ed (23 March 2011). "Eddie Garcia, 89, works non-stop for 62 years". Yahoo! Celebrity Philippines. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Sarraga, Ed (2 February 2013). "Eddie Garcia Now a Certified Kapamilya Actor". Philippine News. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Belen, Walden Sadiri M. (8 November 2013). "Why Eddie Garcia Has No Intrigues Or Controversies" (in English and Tagalog). Bulletin Entertainment Online. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Eddie Garcia Has Got It All Figured Out" (in English and Tagalog). Manila Bulletin. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Eddie Garcia: I'm still alive". ABS-CBN News. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Asian Journal USA". 
  14. ^ a b Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (18 December 2012). "Eddie Garcia named Best Actor; gets standing ovation at 55th Asia-Pacific Film Festival". Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP). Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g "Awards: Winners". Film Academy of the Philippines. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Calderon, Ricky (23 February 2013). "Gloria Romero, Mel Tiangco, Nova Villa, Eddie Garcia get special lifetime achievement citations in Golden Screen TV Awards". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Tseng, Ada (21 January 2013). "Man's Best Friend: Interview with Bwakaw director Jun Robles Lana". University of Southern California: Asia Pacific Arts. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  18. ^ Constantino, Ronald (25 August 2014). "Five best living actors". Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  19. ^ Constantino, Ronald (11 August 2014). "In praise of mature men". Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 

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