Sonny Parsons

Jose Parsons Agliam Nabiula Jr., more commonly known as Sonny Parsons (June 13, 1958 – May 10, 2020), was a Filipino actor, singer, director and politician in the Philippines. He was a member of Hagibis, an all-male sing-and-dance group in the late 1970s to the early 1980s, who were coined as the Filipino version of the Village People. He was a councilor in Marikina. He died on May 10, 2020 from a heart attack.

Sonny Parsons
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Parsons in 2013
Born
Jose Parsons Agliam Nabiula Jr.

(1958-06-13)June 13, 1958
Marikina, Philippines
DiedMay 10, 2020(2020-05-10) (aged 61)
Batangas, Philippines
Other namesJun, Sonny
OccupationActor, singer, film director and former politician
Years active1979–2020

Singing careerEdit

In the late 1970s to 1980s, Parsons was a member of the Manila sound group Hagibis together with Bernie Fineza, Mike Respall, Joji Garcia and Mon Picazo. Their hit songs included "Legs", "Babae", "Lalake" and "Katawan" (a theme song in Palibhasa Lalake, a Philippine TV sitcom series), among others. In 2001, Hagibis reunited and released one album under Star Records. He performed in a series of concerts at various venues such as in Hobbit House (Ermita), Hobbit East (Antipolo), Bodega City (Quezon Ave) and Cowboy Grill (Malate), among others. In 2011, he was a special guest in the Philippines leg of the greatest hits tour of Bobby Kimball (original lead singer of Toto).

Acting careerEdit

In 1981, the Hagibis members made a film titled Legs Katawan Babae with Laarni Enriquez, Myrna Castillo and Jess Lapid, Jr., and directed by Tony Ferrer. When Hagibis split up in the 1980s, Parsons became an actor, director and a politician. He appeared in many action films in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He starred with Ronnie Ricketts in the 1989 action film UZI Brother 9mm which was directed by Francis 'Jun' Posadas. His first TV guesting was in the 1991 soap opera Agila which starred Val Sotto, Aurora Sevilla and Roy Alvarez. He produced, directed and starred in the film Bala Para Sa Katarungan for Regal Films in 1997. Parsons played a guest role as a main villain to Coco Martin in the 2017 action-drama TV series FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.

Personal lifeEdit

Parsons was the founder and president of the Allied Forces of the Philippines Civilian Volunteers (AFPCIV), a reputable Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) whose mission is focused on humanitarian response and anti-crime operations throughout the Philippines. In a robbery incident, he pursued and killed most of the bad elements.[1]

DeathEdit

Parsons died on May 10, 2020 due to heart attack while riding his motorcycle in Batangas on his way to Quezon province.[2]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

FilmEdit

Title Year Cast Director
Bala Para Sa Katarungan 1997 Elizabeth Oropesa, Joanne Quintas, Hazel Espinosa Sonny Parsons
Paracale Gang 1996 Jay Manalo, Ramon Christopher Gutierrez, Kier Legaspi, Rufa Mae Quinto, Jessa Zaragosa Armando De Guzman Jr.
Capt. Rassul Alih... Hindi Sa 'Yo Ang Mindanao 1993 Melissa Mendez, Lani Lobangco, Paquito Diaz, Fred Moro Sonny Parsons, Jerry O. Tirazona
Aguinaldo 1993 Lito Lapid, Dan Alvaro, Sunshine Cruz, Aiko Melendez William Mayo
Paranaque Bank Robbery: The Joselito Joseco Story 1993 Gary Estrada, Donita Rose, Jean Garcia, Roi Vinzon Argel Lopez
Itumba Si Angel Delgado 1992 Vic Vargas, Eddie Fernandez, Aurora Sevilla, Tetchie Agbayani, Lovely Rivero Nilo Saez
Turing Gesmundo, Kapitan Langgam 1992 Vic Vargas, Rhey Roldan, Bobby Benitez Robert Talby
Arrest: Hold-up Gang 1992 Kristel Romero, Carol Dauden, Berting Labra Leonardo Pascual
Sgt. Ernesto Baliola: Tinik Sa Batas 1992 Efren Reyes, Jr., Aurora Sevilla, Shirley Tesoro Ricardo 'Bebong' Osorio
Digos Massacre 1991 Tony Ferrer, Jeorge Estregan Jose "Kaka" Balagtas
OXO VS Sigue-Sigue 1991 Carol Dauden, Jorge Estregan, Dick Israel, Bobby Benitez Dante Pangilinan
Nazareno Apostol: Boy Ahas 1990 Marithez Samson, Dick Israel, Charlie Davao Jerry Tirazona
Walang Sinasanto Ang Bala Ko 1990 Efren Reyes, Jr., Aurora Sevilla, Maita Sanchez, Mark Gil Lito Nocon
Uzi Brothers 9mm 1989 Ronnie Ricketts Francis 'Jun' Posadas
Batang Cebu .45 1989 Marithez Samson, Charlie Davao, Nick Romano Jerry Tirazona
Get Commander Jack Moro: Bangsa Moro Army 1989 Marianne dela Riva, Raoul Aragon, Maritess Samson, Romy Diaz Eddie Nicart
Salisi Gang 1989 Glenda Garcia, Berting Labra, Dick Israel, Marithez Samson Leonardo Pascual
Kailan.... Dapat Lumaban 1989 Cristina Gonzales, Raoul Aragon, Romy Diaz, Rez Cortez Jerry Tirazona
The Fastest Gun Alive Of WPD – as Sgt. Mariano Niñonuevo 1988 Eddie Garcia, Marianne dela Riva, Paquito Diaz Ronnie San Juan
Shoot To Kill: Boy Bicol Ng Angeles 1988 Aurora Sevilla, Max Alvarado, Paquito Diaz, Bobby Zshornack Jerry Tirazona, Johnny Capistrano
Sgt. Ernesto 'Boy' Ybañez: Tirtir Gang 1988 Eddie Garcia, Vivian Foz, Romy Diaz, Carol Dauden Willie Milan
Ambush 1988 Ronnie Ricketts, Beverly Vergel, Bobby Zshornack, Raoul Aragon Carlo J. Caparas
Apat, Lima, Anim 1988 Jinggoy Estrada, Cristina Crisol, Sarsi Emmanuelle, Robin Padilla Francis "Jun" Posadas
Mga Lihim Ng Kalapati 1987 Isadora, Vic Vargas, Ricky Belmonte, Tanya Gomez Celso Ad. Castillo, Tata Esteban
Sparrow Unit 1987 Bong Revilla, Ronnie Ricketts, Jorge Estregan, Jr., Dick Israel, Debbie Miller Ben Yalung
Condemned 1984 Nora Aunor, Gina Alajar, Gloria Romero, Rio Locsin, Dan Alvaro, Ricky Davao Mario O'Hara
JR 1983 Gabby Concepcion, Rowell Santiago, Luis Gonzales, Josephine Estrada Pablo Santiago
Legs Katawan Babae 1981 Mike Respall, Bernie Fineza, Joji Garcia, Mon Picazo Tony Ferrer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.philstar.com/metro/2002/07/19/168763/former-action-star-kills-2-robbers
  2. ^ "Sonny Parsons of Hagibis dies at 61". Manila Times. May 10, 2020. Retrieved May 10, 2020.

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