Radio Drama, Film, and Television Scriptwriter, Director, and Voice Talent

December 25, 1947 – January 21, 2022

Salvador “Direk Badong” Royales was a pillar of Philippine radio drama, a scriptwriter, director, and voice talent. He was a recipient of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Golden Dove award for Best Radio Drama for “May Pangako ang Bukas” (2000) and the Best Screenplay award from the Film Academy of the Philippines for “Kapag Langit ang Humatol” (1990).

He hailed from Naga, Camarines Sur. He pursued an economics degree at Manuel L. Quezon University in Manila, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in commerce-accounting.

He was only 16 when he began his career as a voice actor. He wrote and directed the radio drama series “Inay” which first aired on DZGE in Naga City and later on DZRH.

Royales developed his craft at DZRH, joining the station in 1980 after passing auditions under drama vanguards Froilan Villegas and Tani Cruz.

His first big break was writing “Yaya Maria,” which established the 1:00 p.m. slot as primetime for radio dramas. He was, however, best known for his long-running drama series “Mr. Romantiko” (since 1999).

Royales also entered filmmaking, earning fame for his films Patikim ng Pinya (1996), Mundo Man ay Magunaw, Isinakdal Ko ang Aking Ina (1997), Sana Mahalin Mo Ako (1988), and Baril Ko ang Uusig (1990). He also wrote for the primetime television dramas Maalaala Mo Kaya (1991) and Anna Luna.

Royales was head of the DZRH Drama Division and project manager of Manila Broadcasting Company when he passed away at the age of 74. He lived in Sto. Nino Gutad, Floridablanca, Pampanga.

Artist Angelo Carreon Mamay posted this tribute for Royales on social media: “Sa katunayan, malaki po ang naitulong niya sa pag-aartista ko. Naging regular ako sa DZRH drama recording dahil sa tulong niya… Sino ba naman ang hindi malulungkot o maiiyak nang husto dahil sa napakabuting tao na ito?

“Trinato ako bilang anak niya sa industriya, laging ginagabayan, at todo-bigay sa akin ng mga technique sa tamang pag-arte sa harapan ng camera, maging sa radyo. Ngayon, pumanaw na siya. Hindi lang ako makapaniwala dahil sobrang lakas pa niya noong huling nagkita kami kasama ang DZRH family namin. Sobrang sakit lang kung iisipin, pero kailangan tanggapin. Paalam na po, Direk. Maraming salamat po ulit sa lahat ng naitulong mo sa akin. Hanggang sa muling pagkikita po natin.”

Royales’ creative work has touched the lives of ordinary Filipinos.

Mark V. Enriquez, an avid listener, shared this comment on the Facebook page of May Pangako ang Bukas: Minsan akong nagising nang 5:00 a.m. dito sa Italya, itong May Pangako ang Bukas ang naumpisahan ko ang unang araw ng linggo. (sa tuwing matutulog ako ay naka-on ang radyo ko sa Youtube sa DZRH para pag magising ako ay makakapakinig ako agad.) Nagustuhan ko ang istorya. Kaya tuwing magigising ako ng 4:30 a.m., inaabangan ko na tuloy itong May Pangako ang Bukas. Pagkatapos ng episode, saka ulit ako matutulog mula 5:30 hanggang 7:30 a.m. Napakaganda kasi ng mga istorya. … Bata pa ako, sa DZRH na ako nakikinig. Ngayon, 56 years old na ako, sa DZRH pa rin ako nakikinig… God bless po sa inyong lahat sa DZRH, marami kayong napapasaya, lalo na kaming nandito sa malayo.

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