FROM RICKY LO'S COLUMN IN THE PHILIPPINE STAR:
Rico Bello Omagap writes ’30,’ he was 80
Komiks novelist Rico Bello Omagap died last Thursday, Jan. 20, of heart failure resulting from a kidney ailment at the Muntinlupa Hospital. He was 80. His death came barely a month after Pablo S. Gomez, another veteran komiks novelist, also wrote ’30.’
Omagap’s komiks novels have been made into movies, starting with Lola Sinderela (by Sampaguita Pictures), starring Lolita Rodriguez and Pancho Magalona, in the ‘50s. His other novels-turned-movies include Ang Mahiwagang Pag-ibig ni Lola Sinderela (LEA Productions, starring Amalia Fuentes and Nestor de Villa), Mga Prince Charming ni Lola Sinderela (AM Productions, with Amalia, Bernard Bonnin, Bernard Belleza and Romano Castelvi), Ang Uliran…Imelda (Pilar Pilapil, Boots Anson-Roa and Amalia Fuentes), Kulay Dugo Ang Gabi, Sumigaw Ka Hanggang Gusto Mo, Kahit ang Mundo’y Magunaw, etc.
Susan Roces starred in some Omagap stories including Sino Ang Maysala? (with Romeo Vasquez) and Florinda which Susan herself produced under her own Rosas Productions and which was later adapted as a TV drama by ABS-CBN.
Omagap’s father was a sculptor and her mother was a dressmaker.
The wake is at his home on Block 1 Lot 36, Maryland Homes, Purok 3, Landayan, San Pedro, Laguna.