John Regala, who died on Saturday (3 June), was the son of character actor Mel Francisco and Ruby Regala. Learn more about John Regala family and parents below.
John Regala died of cardiac arrest caused by liver and kidney problems at a Quezon City hospital. The actor’s wife confirmed that he had been in the critical care unit for the last three weeks.
John, who ventured into the Filipino film industry with the 1989 television series “That’s Entertainment,” garnered significant recognition in the industry.
John last appeared on a television screen in 2016. Due to his health problems, he had not been working. In 2020, he was hospitalized due to liver cirrhosis. He was suffering from gout and diabetes as well.
While John Regala’s professional life and health issues have been well-documented, there are still many things to explore about his upbringing, parents and family. Here’s everything we know about the matter.
John Regala Family And Parents
John Regala was born on 28 May 1965. His parents, Mel Francisco and Ruby Regala, welcomed him in Manila, Philippines. Both of his parents were actors.
John Regala was born John Paul Guido Boucher Scherrer. The actor appears to be the only child of his mom and dad. As the son of the actor and actress, his parents’ careers and accomplishments must have inspired Regala to pursue his career as an actor.
Talking about his family’s origin, it has been reported that John’s father came from the Padilla clan. The Padilla clan is families comprising Filipino sportsmen, politicians, and entertainers.
The relationship timeline of John’s mom and dad is a bit blurry. It is unclear how long Mel and Ruby were married. But their bond was not long-lasting.
Nevertheless, John was close with his father and mother. His parents supported him when he started his career in the 80s.
Meet John Regala Father Mel Francisco
Mel Francisco, whose real name was Adolfo Padilla Scheerer Jr. The former character actor was born on 24 January 1943 in the Philippines. As mentioned above, he was from the Padilla clan.
Adolfo was a character actor better known by his stage name Mel Francisco, and was a household name in the Filipino entertainment industry from the sixties through the eighties.
Some of Mel Francisco’s notable movies or series include The Strip Teaser (1970), Mansanas sa Paraiso (1965), Eagle Commandos (1967), Bala Ko Ang Hahatol (1985), and Pusakal At Mga Yagit (1986).
John Regala’s father died of cardiogenic shock on 25 July 2021 in a hospital. Mel Francisco’s then-partner, Jeraldine Mirasol, broke his death news to the local media outlet.
Jeraldine also confirmed that Mel’s death certificate showed he tested negative for Covid-19 infection.
Get To Know John Regala Mother Ruby Regala
Like his father, John Regala’s mother was also involved in the film industry. Ruby was a well-accomplished actress. The late actress’ real name was Susan Gregorio.
Susan Gregorio was better known by her stage name Ruby Regala. John’s mother passed away due to a brain tumor on 12 January 2020 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, United States.
Her remains were brought to her home in Phillippines a month later. The actress is now buried in St. Peter’s Chapel-Commonwealth, Quezon City.