I always admired Apeng Daldal for his "clean, honest, fun---nothing obscene and no backstabbing" jokes. I first saw him, as a kid, in the TV show, The Big Show and later, Libis ng Baryo and Tindahan sa Kanto, all telecast on Channel 11. That was in 1964. Though underrated, I would rate him an above-par comedian probably in the league of Dolphy and Chiquito. Apeng, a fast talker and good ad-libber, was best remembered for his two protruding front teeth. Those teeth were his biggest asset and became his stepping stone to stardom.
Born on October 12, 1928 in San Luis, Pampanga, Apeng (Serafin Gabriel in real life) spent his early years in
A funny person in real life, he entered vaudeville and stage shows in the late 40s and 50s doing comedy skits in the Opera House. With Mar Lopez and Bebing Santos, they formed a trio they called “Top Three,” then Opera’s top drawer. From vaudeville and stage shows, he ventured into television. He was discovered by Johnny Wilson and had his first TV appearance in “The Big Show,” with Cris De Vera.
Bandong Pugante (1964)- Stars Eddie Rodriguez, Cecilia Lopez, Aida Roxas, Vic Andaya, Apeng Daldal and Joe Sison/ Directed by Joseph De Cordova
He soon entered the movie world appearing in supporting roles --- his first movie appearance- Libis ng Baryo (1964) with Susan Roces, followed by Bandong Pugante (1964) with Eddie Rodriguez, Babaeng Kidlat (1964) with Dolphy, before being given a major role in 1965 in Sampaguita Pictures’ Magic Bilao and Walis ni Tengteng, both smash hits. His first starring role was Maskulado (1965). There’s no stopping Apeng from here on. He did Mistiko Meets Mamaw, Tatlong Mabilis, Tatlong Mabilis sa Hongkong, Pogi Dozen, Baticobra at Flying Salakot, among others.
Talented as ever, Apeng also wrote scripts for 70s TV shows like Ayos Lang, Pare Ko on Channel 9 (with Nova Villa and Rod Navarro); The Nida-Lita Show on Channel 9 (with Nida Blanca and Lita Gutierrrez); Barok-an Subdivision on Channel 13 (with Yoyo Villame). He can be heard in the radio during the afternoon and evening timeslots. He was a mainstay in several successful TV shows, among them Trio Los Bobos in the 70s and Cafeteria Aroma in the 8os.
On February 9, 1992, Apeng died of emphysema at the age of 64 after battling the disease for years. He was survived by his wife, the former Elma Modesto (she will be turning 76 this August 10) and eight children.
Tatlong Mabilis (1965)- Stars Bentot, Cachupoy and Apeng Daldal/with Rey Taylo, Vilma Valera, Ruby Regala and Stella Suarez/ Directed by Jose Miranda Cruz
Tatlong Mabilis sa Hongkong(1965)- Stars Bentot, Cachupoy and Apeng Daldal/with Mila Montanez, Stella Suarez, Chona Delgado and Eva Darren/ Directed by Jose Miranda Cruz
The Son of Dyango Meets Dorango Kid (1967)- Stars Bino Garcia, Eli Salas, Renato Del Prado, Apeng Daldal, Popoy, Anna Ledesma and Merle Fernandez/ Directed by Wilthor
Dobol Dribol (1979)- Stars Nora Aunor, Robert Jaworski, Dely Atay-Atayan, APeng Daldal, Pugak/ Story and screenplay by Apeng Daldal/ Directed by Jose Dagumboy
Kamakalawa (1981)- Stars Christopher De Leon, Chat Silayan, Techie Agbayani, Raul Aragon, Apeng Daldal/ Directed by Eddie Romero