MANILA, Philippines - A day after Christmas, veteran komiks novelist Pablo S. Gomez passed away. He was 81.
Gomez died at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Sta. Teresita Hospital in Quezon City after suffering a heart attack. His body is at St. Peter Mortuary Chapel, also in Quezon City, and is set to be cremated on December 30.
According to a family member, Gomez was deeply affected by the untimely death of his sister, Leonora, who passed away on Christmas Eve.
Gomez made his name in the komiks industry in the 1950s, and among his works that made it to the silver screen are Guy and Pip, Rosa Mistika, Magdusa Ka, Machete, Hilda, Kurdapya, Torkwatta and Susanang Daldal.
He was also a recognized screenwriter of films which starred the late Fernando Poe Jr., hailed as the King of Philippine Cinema, such as Tulad ng Eseng ng Tondo, Probinsyano, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Sta. Quiteria, Kalibre 45 and Mahal San Ka Nanggaling Kagabi?
On top of these, Gomez was the man behind ABS-CBN television series Wansapanataym and Kampanerang Kuba.
Just recently, his works were brought to life yet again by ABS-CBN in film and television -- Petrang Kabayo and Juanita Banana, respectively.
Mutya, another one of Gomez' masterpieces, is part of the network's show lineup for next year. -- abs-cbnNEWS.com, report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News