Years after combating the effects of a major stroke in 2004, legendary action star Paquito Diaz finally passed away in his hometown of Daraga, Albay last night, March 3, PEP.ph reports. He was 73 years old.
And so we lost an action icon who all these years has lived the character of the consummate Filipino villain – a thick mustache, an even thicker cigar, half-buttoned long sleeves, bright jewelries, and a rough voice. No skills necessary, just a gun and an ego.
His career was often allied with Fernando Poe Jr’s., working as a villain in a slew of films such as Totoy Bato and its sequels, May Isang Tsuper ng Taxi (1990), and Kahit Konting Pagtingin (1990). His final film before health troubles came would be Pakners (2003), which was also FPJ’s last.
Paquito, of course, was one of the last few remnants of classic Filipino action flicks, most of whom have already passed on or have gone instead into politics, leaving this valued genre elapsed altogether. Try as they might, the oldies just didn’t have it anymore.
At least Paquito has a living legacy. His son Joko Diaz was also a regular staple in the Pinoy action scene until only seven years ago, getting top billing in films such as Sugo ng Tondo and Anak ni Boy Negro. To date, Joko is doing TV work, playing supporting roles in several primetime teleseryes.
Had he been healthy enough to carry on with his career, it would have been a huge honor to have him featured in our magazine, most notably in our “Last Action Heroes” feature in January 2010 and “Bad Ass Boys” story last November. We could even have made a "Last Action Villains" feature for him alone.
And for all of this Paquito, we reckon you are da man in a society of antagonist characters. Your appearance alone has become a template of what a villain should look like, and your final fighting years would only indicate how much of a tough guy you truly are.
So on behalf of the FHM nation, we bid you farewell. Rest in peace sir!
WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO