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    GMA News reporter Cesar Apolinario passes away at 46

    MANILA, Philippines – Film director and veteran journalist Cesar Apolinario passed away on Friday, December 13. He was 46.

    Rest in peace, Cesar Apolinario!
    Rest in peace, Cesar Apolinario! Photo Credit: Facebook/cesarapolinario

    The sad news was confirmed by Steve Dailisan, his former colleague on GMA Network.

    “Rest in PEACE, mentor and colleague @CesarApolinario. No more pain just LOVE and lasting happiness in the arms of God.”

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    "He was more than a colleague, he was a friend. There are no words. Godspeed and rest in peace @CesarApolinario," GMA journalist Raffy Tima tweeted.


    GMA-7 also released statement to confirm the untimely passing of Apolinario:

    We are deeply saddened by the passing of our Kapuso, Cesar Apolinario, Jr., who peacefully joined his Creator today, December 13, 2019.

    An award-winning broadcast journalist, writer, and director, Cesar will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues, especially those in GMA News and Public Affairs and in the film industry, where he devoted the best years of his life.

    A loyal Kapuso, his dedication to his craft as a news reporter, producer, and public affairs host will continue to serve as an inspiration to all.

    We join his entire family and loved ones in praying for his eternal repose.

    Apolinario's home network, meanwhile, did not reveal details of the cause of death. He is survived by his wife and three children.

    The GMA News reporter was in critical condition since last Wednesday, entertainment journalist Mell Navarro shared on Facebook, citing information from his close friends.

    Apolinario’s career centered on pursuing communication arts. Despite his family’s poor status, poverty did not hinder his aspiration to excel and be of service to the marginalized sector of society.

    Apolinario graduated with a degree in Communication Arts at University of Santo Tomas. He started his career at RPN Channel 9 as a part-time writer, reporter and cameraman for a program called “HelpLine sa 9.” In 1999, he transferred to GMA-7 and worked as cameraman-researcher for ‘I Witness.’ In 2001, His journalistic skills found favor at CNN where he has become a regular contributor for the CNN World Report.

    He is known for compelling documentaries on I-Witness, Brigada, and Born to Be Wild. He was the co-host of Susan Enriquez on GMA News TV's magazine show iJuander.

    Aside from being a reporter and documentary producer, he is known for directing movies such as “Banal” (2008), “Estasyon” (2009), “Puntod” (won as Indie Movie of the Year in PMPC Star Awards for Movies for 2009), and “Dance of the Steel Bars” (2013, co-directed with Marnie Manicad) starring Dingdong Dantes and Hollywood actor Patrick Bergin.

    — The Summit Express

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