Domingo Cobarrubias, who was professionally known as Menggie Cobarrubias, died in a hospital in Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, Philippines at 8:20 a.m. on March 26, 2020. The Filipino actor was 68.
Cobarrubias died while the world is suffering from the unprecedented attack of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It has yet to be confirmed if he died of the deadly virus although the reported cause of his death was cardiac arrest.
After suffering from fever days ago, Cobarrubias was sent by his family to a hospital. He was sent home by the hospital, telling him his fever was manageable.
However, the actor developed pneumonia as soon as he got home and was rushed to another hospital where he died. He was tested for COVID-19 but the result was yet to be released.
The last film Cobarrubias starred in was “Just a Stranger,” in which he played Gov. Roy. Released in 2019, the romantic drama starred Anne Curtis opposite Marco Gumabao.
Among the other 2019 films Cobarrubias starred in were “Bato: The Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa Story,” “Last Fool Show,” “Maledicto,” “Finding You,” “Misterio de la Noche” and “Tabon.” In the same year, he appeared in the TV shows “Sahaya,” “Dear Uge” and “Pepito Manaloto” on GMA Network and “The Killer Brider” on ABS-CBN.
In 2020, Cobarrubias played President Ricardo San Jose in “Beautiful Justice.” Starring Yasmien Kurdi, Gabbi Garcia and Bea Binene, the television drama action series aired on GMA Network from September 9, 2019 to January 24, 2020.
An alumnus of the University of the Philippines, Cobarubbias won his first ever acting award in 1980. For his performance in “Jaguar,” he was named the Best Supporting Actor in Gawad Urian Awards.
Released in 1979, “Jaguar” was written by Jose F. Lacaba and Ricardo Lee based on the book by Nick Joaquin and was directed by the late Lino Brocka. Among Cobarubbias’s co-stars in the crime drama film were Phillip Salvador, Amy Austria, the late Johnny Delgado and Anita Linda, one of the oldest living actor in the Philippines.
It took more than three decades later before Cobarubbias received his second acting award. For his role in the Lemuel Lorca film “Mauban: Ang Resiko,” he was declared the Best Actor in the QCinema International Film Festival in 2014.
Here is a clip from the 2019 “Dear Uge” episode Cobarubbias appeared in: