Stage and Film Actor

November 20, 1963 – December 30, 2020

Dionisio Tamayo, popularly known as ‘Bobby,’ was an indie film and theater actor.

He attended the Davao School of Arts and Trade (now University of Southeastern Philippines) from 1975 to 1979.

He appeared in numerous indie films, theater productions, and short films including “Apparition” (2012), “A Thief, a Kid & a Killer” (2014), “Maratabat” (2014), “Yolanda” (2015), “Bar Boys” (2017), “Kasilyas” (2018), “Banal” (2019), “Imahe” (2019), “Ani” (2019), and “Baon” (2019).

Tamayo also had roles in “Nakauwi Na” (2017), which won Best Short Film at the 39th Catholic Mass Media Awards in 2017, and Jerrold Tarog’s multi-award-winning film “Heneral Luna” (2015).

He won at least two Urduja Film Festival awards — in 2018, best supporting actor for a role in “Benny’s Confession,” and in 2019, best actor for a role in “Libing.”

Tamayo received a best supporting actor nomination from the Gawad Arts 2020 for his performance in the short film “Ang Bahagharing Uhaw sa Ulan” (2020), days before he was shot dead at the age of 57 by unidentified gunmen in his home.

The Gawad Sining Short Film Festival described Tamayo as “a humble and kindly actor despite his accomplishments in the film industry.”

Tamayo was also a talent for television and online commercials and was also active in the De La Salle-Colegio de Saint Benilde thesis film circle. In 2018, he starred in experimental film “Juan-Diablo-Pablo” helmed by Benilde alumni Ralph Pineda and Dyan Sagenes. The film made its world premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival in 2021.

A tribute from Pineda said: “Even if you’ve passed, the beauty of your craft is that you’ve immortalized yourself in dozens of characters and lives. Kahit man indie scene ka nakilala, malaking kawalan ka sa industriya.”

Sandro Del Rosario, a filmmaker, had this to say about Tamayo: “Your legacy will never be forgotten for it has definitely been ingrained in the hearts and minds of the friends, and family, and people that have been lucky enough to have met and worked with you.”

In a Kikodora.com tribute, actress Trixie Dauz remembered Tamayo as “a quiet man, dedicated to his craft, and genuinely kind to people around him.”

Apart from acting, Tamayo was also active in their community in Brgy. Graceville, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan where he was the chairman of a district in their subdivision.

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