Rico Bello Omagap

Omagap

The extremes are what whet his literary appetite and he derives inspiration from the ugliest things or from the most beautiful; the former makes him put out tales of woe – about such social ills as poverty, crime and delinquency, and graft and corruption – while the latter induces him to indulge in the bright and sound side of life – love, joy, ecstasy.

RICO BELLO OMAGAP emerges as a horror-story writer when the negative extreme transcends the bounds of reality, by then he translates into symbolic fantasy common miseries at once weird and horrendous and in forms one remembers having had come across in the mystery thrillers of Edgar Allan Poe: the corrupt he represent as vampires, the material they greed for as blood, and ignorance and apathy as darkness and midnight.

More than just a story writer, Omagap is likewise a commentator to the literary side on our redoubtable society. He craves and cries for reforms in protests so subtle and so silent and loses himself in the process in a world unreal that, unwittingly, he often entertains more than informs the people he aims his voice at.

The influences of Poe, Omagap’s favorite writer, on his works can be glimpsed from his perplexing characters and the mystifying incidents they involve themselves in. His stories transgress the ordinary and delve into the impossible, yet not implicitly improbable to wit: Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Lola Sinderela, Babaing Walang Mukha and Berdugo sa Hatinggabi.

Topping the list of favorites, of course, is Kulay Dugo ang Gabi, Omagap’s horror masterpiece brought to life on screen by Amalia Fuentes and Ronald Remy as vampires; retitled the Blood Drinkers.

 Of his writing technique, Omagap said: “I interpret my stories through emotions. I follow no writing methods and I write as I feel.” At the height of creativity, he can compose bulks of tales in one day’s time and can write and think smoothly even in a fast-moving train. Too, he utilizes no rough drafts and writes straight from the typewriter.

Omagap confessed to having a predilection for contemporary plots, this is apart from the grotesque one he so loves to dabble in. His concern is not only for the lost in his way. Omagap also has a compassion for lonely people and he aspires of someday gathering them together for he believes that getting the lonely in association could bring about enormous happiness.

In the Omagap family tree nearly every member has one way or another something to do with art. Eldest in a brood of 4 children, he has an artist for a brother, a sculptor for a father, a dress-designer for a mother. He started writing in school and in English, later shifted to the vernacular when he found our own tongue more expressive than the foreign.

“I first broke into print in 1951 with an amateurish story entitled Ang Mahiwagang Lumang Kumbento, whose plot dealt with the usual struggle between good and evil,” Omagap recalled.

“My mission in life”, he said, “is to correct the wrong by written moralization that is why I never fail to inject religion into my stories to remind my readers of the prodigious power of God.”

Published Works

  • Akin Ka…Ngayong Gabi!, Wow Komiks (1976-1977)
  • Always in my Heart, Planet Komiks (1971)
  • Alyas Tigre, Sampaguita Komiks (1963-1964)
  • Anak ng Impakta, Lagim Komiks (1962-1963)
  • Anatalia, Sampaguita Komiks (1957-1958)
  • Ang Anino sa Luksang Salamin, Tagalog Klasiks (1965)
  • Ang Espadang Umaawit, Fantasia Komiks (1962)
  • Ang Halimaw sa Intramuros, Kilabot Komiks (1971-1972)
  • Ang Lawin, Kilabot Komiks (1962-1963)
  • Ang Mababangis, Fantasia Komiks (1962-1963)
  • Ang Nakangiting Bangkay, Kilabot Komiks (1965-1966)
  • Ang Nobya Kong Igorota, Tagalog Klasiks (1956-1957)
  • Ang Palasyo ng Mandaragat, Diamante Komiks (1961)
  • Apat na Mukha ni Eva, Kilabot Komiks (1962-1963)
  • Apoy sa Magdamag, Aliwan Komiks (1964-1965)
  • Baby Face, Extra Komiks (1958-1959)
  • Barbara, Lagim Komiks (1966-1967)
  • Baul ng Kababalaghan, Kilabot Komiks (1969)
  • Bella Condenada, Kilabot Komiks (1963)
  • Bilanggo ng Pag-ibig, Tagalog Klasiks (1956)
  • Chiribiribin, Sampaguita Komiks (1966)
  • Cuatro Vidas, Hiwaga Komiks (1955-1956)
  • Dalagang Biyuda, Tagalog Klasiks (1955-1956)
  • Dambanang Apoy, Lagim Komiks (1967)
  • Dante Satan, Lagim Komiks (1963-1964)
  • Dardanella, Prinsesa ng Kadiliman, Kilabot Komiks (1967)
  • Daria, 17 Magazine (1970)
  • Drakulita, Lagim Komiks (1960-1961)
  • Dugo ng Vampira, Lagim Komiks (1968-1969)
  • El Cobarde, Espesyal Komiks (1952)
  • Engkantadong Paraiso, Tagalog Klasiks (1953)
  • Escarlata, Lagim Komiks (1967-1968)
  • Fantasia, Tagalog Klasiks (1957-1958)
  • Florinda, Tagalog Klasiks (1972)
  • Greeko, Anak ng Lindol, Fantasia Komiks (1966-1967)
  • Hamak na Diyosa, Rico Lagim Komiks (1971)
  • Hokus-Pokus, Pilipino Komiks (1955-1956)
  • Joy to the World, Ligaya Komiks (1967-1968)
  • Kahit ang Mundo’y Magunaw, Pinoy Komiks (1974-1975)
  • Kamay ni Dimas, Ditektib Komiks (1962)
  • Kilabot sa Kurutan, Ligaya Komiks (1965-1966)
  • Kulay Dugo ang Gabi, Hiwaga Komiks (1964-1965)
  • Kulay Dugo ang mga Labi, Lagim Komiks (1966)
  • Labintatlong Daliri, Fantasia Komiks (1964)
  • Lagrimas, Ligaya Komiks (1962-1963)
  • Lasong Walang Kamandag, Tagalog Klasiks (1954)
  • Linda Mora, Hiwaga Komiks (1959)
  • Linda Sinderela, Tagalog Klasiks (1954)
  • Luha ng Birhen, Espesyal Komiks (1953-1954)
  • Luha sa Altar, Sweethearts Komiks (1968-1969)
  • Lulutang Ka sa Dugo, Lagim Komiks (1966)
  • Madonna, Continental Komiks (1970-1971)
  • Magic Guitar, Fantasia Komiks (1966-1967)
  • Mga Anghel sa Lansangan, Tagalog Klasiks (1959)
  • Mga Pating sa Parang, Sampaguita Komiks (1964-1965)
  • Mga Walang Gulat, Tagalog Klasiks (1965)
  • My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Universal Komiks (1970-1971)
  • Nasaan Ka, Inay?, 17 Magazine (1970)
  • Novi Encantada, Lagim Komiks (1964-1965)
  • Pamana ni Bathala, Ligaya Komiks (1960-1961)
  • Paraisong Kristal, Sampaguita Komiks (1961)
  • Pobresita, Hiwaga Komiks (1958-1959)
  • Prinsesa sa Lansangan, Hiwaga Komiks (1970-1971)
  • Putik sa Putik, Pilipino Magasin (1967-1968)
  • Roma Amor, Pilipino Reporter (1977-1978)
  • Rosa Vendetta, Ligaya Komiks (1961)
  • Sa Bawa’t Patak ng Luha…Isang Awit, Ligaya Komiks (1967-1968)
  • Salaginto at Salagubang, Ligaya Komiks (1966-1967)
  • Sanggumay, Mabangis na Bulaklak, Sampaguita Komiks (1965)
  • Shimajar, Hiwaga Komiks (1953)
  • Sindihan Mo na ang mga Kandila, Augusta, Pilipino Komiks (1975)
  • Sumigaw Ka Hanggang Ibig Mo!, Pinoy Komiks (1974)
  • Tangisan Mo, Pag-ibig Ko, Lovelife Komiks (1997-1998)
  • Tatlong Kabaong, Ligaya Komiks (1961)
  • The Fantastic & Sexy Macho Dancers, Silahis Macho Komiks (1984-1985)
  • Thunderboy, Kilabot Komiks (1966)
  • Tiger Lily, United Komiks (1966)
  • Tigmak sa Dugo at Luha, Hiwaga Komiks (1966-1967)
  • Toyang Talangka, Pilipino Funny Komiks (1979-1980)
  • Tuwing Magbibilog ang Buwan, Pilipino Reporter (1978)
  • Uhaw sa Dugo, Universal Komiks (1969-1970)
  • Ursula, Pilipino Magasin (1968-1969)
  • Valentino, Tagalog Klasiks (1955)
  • Vampirella, Lagim Komiks (1971)
  • Venus at Adonis, Fantasia Komiks (1965-1966)
  • Yakapin Mo ang Lupa…Halikan Mo ang Langit, OFW Super-Stories (2007)

Publications