Eddie Garcia

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Eddie Garcia
Born Jesús García Verchez
(1929-05-02) May 2, 1929 (age 86)
Sorsogon, Sorsogon, Philippine Islands[1]
Nationality Filipino
Other names Manoy
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1949–present

Eduardo "Eddie" Verchez García (born Jesús García Verchez on May 2, 1929)[1][2] [3] popularly known as Manoy[3][4] is a Filipino film actor and film director.

With over 300 films as of 2011,[5] he is the Filipino actor who has appeared in the most number of movies.[6]

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,[1][2][3][7] he spent his early life in the municipality of Juban.[5] He served with the Philippine Scouts during World War II and was stationed as a military policeman in Okinawa, Japan before joining show business.[2][6]


Garcia started acting in the movie Siete Infantes de Lara in 1949.[2][5][6]

He directed his first movie "Karugtong ng Kahapon" in 1961.[5]

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.[4]

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

Since 2013, Garcia 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 Garcia 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 upcoming Family Drama Little Nanay.



Year Title Role Network
2015 Little Nanay Don Miguel Vallejo/G Pop GMA Network
The Half Sisters Eduardo Guevarra-McBride
Nathaniel Moises Domingo ABS-CBN
Wansapanataym Presents: Yamashita's Treasures Haring Dimetrius
2014 Give Love on Christmas:The Gift Giver Ernest Aguinaldo
Sana Bukas pa ang Kahapon Magno Ruiz
2013 Honesto Lemuel Galang
Toda Max Engineer Manny Boy
Little Champ Champion (voice)
Juan Dela Cruz Julian "Lolo Juls" Dela Cruz
2012 Aso ni San Roque Supremo / Police Director Danilo Aragon GMA Network
Third Eye Lolo Gimo TV5
Legacy Don Romualdo Alcantara GMA Network
2011 Iglot Celso Samar
Rod Santiago's The Sisters Mayor Enrique Zialcita TV5
Babaeng Hampaslupa Edward Wong
2010 Jillian: Namamasko Po Various GMA Network
Koreana Chang Hee Jung
Pilyang Kerubin Mang Potpot (Angel of Death)
Pinoy Records Presents: Pinoy Extreme Talent Guest Judge
2009 Talentadong Pinoy Guest Judge TV5
Pangarap Kong Jackpot Lolo Hugo NBN
Mars Ravelo's Darna Father Mateo GMA Network
Carlo J. Capara's Totoy Bato Coach Fredo
2008/2009 LaLola Don Aguirre Lobregat
2008 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sing-sing II Panyong ABS-CBN
Carlo J. Caparas' Joaquin Bordado General Russo GMA Network
2007 Asian Treasures Professor Wakan U. Matadtu / Supremo / Datu Makatunaw
Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang
2006 Majika Markadan
2005 Mars Ravelo's Darna Mambabarang
2004 Marinara Haring Carpa
2003 Narito Ang Puso Ko Felipe San Victores
2002 Kung Mawawala Ka President Leandro Montemayor


Year Title Role Film Production
1949 Kahit ang Mundo'y Magunaw
1950 Huling Patak ng Dugo Sampaguita Pictures
Siete Infantes de Lara MC Productions
Kilabot sa Makiling
1982 Get My Son Dead or Alive Maj. Ricardo Parraguas Tagalog Ilang Ilang Productions
1984 May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo Lauro Essex Films
May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga
1989 Kahit Iputok mo Walang Api Tomas Alejandro Diamond Films
1989 Ako ang Batas Gen. Tomas Karingal Seiko Films
1990 HEPE Isasabay kita sa Paglubog ng Araw Joselito Marasigan Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
1990 Hukom 45 Judge Enrico Corpuz Viva Films
1991 Boyong Manalac: Hoodlum Terminator Boyong Manalac Viva Films
1991 Mayor Latigo Meliton Geronimo Octoarts Films
1992 Alyas Ninong Valentin Zapanta Octoarts Films
1992 Andres Manambit: Angkan sa Matatapang Andres Manambit Viva Films
1993 Galvez: Hanggang Sa Dulo ng Mundo Hahanapin Kita! Judge Efren Galvez Regal Films
1993 Maestro Toribio Maestro Toribio Octoarts Films
1994 Ultimatum Cpl. Ariston Mamaril Viva Films
1994 Marami Ka Pang Kakainin ng Bigas Ping Viva Films
1995 Melencio Magat: Dugo Laban sa Dugo Melencio Magat Regal Films
1996 Duwelo Ramon Aguila Regal Films
1996 Moises Arcangel: Sa Guhit ng Bala Moises Arcangel MAQ Productions
1996 Emong Salvacion: Oras Ka nang Magtago sa Pinanggalingan mo! Emong Salvacion MAQ Productions
1997 Mariano Mison NBI Mariano Mison Star Cinema
1998 Sambahin ang Ngalan Mo! Don Ramon MAQ Productions
1999 Tigasin Greg Marcial Star Cinema
2003 Masamang Ugat Viva Films
2011 The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin Benjamin "Ben" Santos VI Star Cinema
Viva Films
2011 Ang Panday 2 Amang Daluyong GMA Films
2013 Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill, the Arturo Porcuna Story Atty. Dante Sagalongos Viva Films
2014 The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin Benjamin "Ben" Santos VI Star Cinema
Viva Films
2014 Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo Museum curator Philippians Productions
2015 Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby (Short Film) TBA Roadrunner Network, Inc.


  • 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)[5]

Personal life[edit]

Garcia has always been private on his personal life. He considers his acting profession and private life as separate.[2][3][5] 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] Garcia maintains a healthy lifestyle through exercise,[2] vitamin supplements,[12] and healthy diet, stressing he prefers fish and vegetables more than meat.[3][5]

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]

Garcia 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]

Garcia 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).[4]

Garcia 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]

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]

Garcia 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]

Other awards[edit]

He earned his first Best Actor in a Drama Series award at the 2002 Star Awards.[4]

Featured lists[edit]

In August 2014, Garcia 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 Jesús García Verchez's Birth Register: Part 1 and Part 2
  2. ^ a b c d e f Agbayani, Claire (6 December 2002). "The Simple Truth About Eddie Garcia". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Mendoza, Abby (29 March 2013). "The longevity of Eddie Garcia". Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP). Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d Buan-Deveza, Reyman (2008-07-25). "Eddie Garcia stars in indie film 'Fuchsia'". ABS-CBN News Online. Retrieved 2008-08-09. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Tariman, Pablo A. (30 April 2011). "The ageless Eddie Garcia". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  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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