GMA-7 reporter, host, and director Cesar Apolinario dies at the age of 46, Friday, December 13, but the cause of death is not yet disclosed.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our Kapuso, Cesar Apolinario, Jr., who peacefully joined his Creator today, December 13, 2019,” GMA Network said in a statement.
“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.”
His wife Joy and their children survive him.
GMA-7 and Apolinario’s family are yet to state the reporter’s cause of death.
Cesar Apolinario dies at 46, cause of death not yet disclosed
Cesar Apolinario began his career with the Kapuso Network as a cameraman-researcher after he finished a degree in Communication Arts at the University of Santo Tomas.
He then became a television reporter, before further making his mark with documentaries on I-Witness, Brigada, and Born to Be Wild.
Among his most popular shows is I-Juander, which highlights the stories of ordinary Filipinos.
He then entered film directing, creating the movie “Banal,” an official entry into the 2007 Metro Manila Film Festival starring Paolo Contis, Alfred Vargas, and Christopher De Leon. He won Best Director at the Gabi ng Parangal.
Apolinario also directed another feature, “Puntod,” which starred a young GMA-7 star Barbie Forteza.