Nerissa Cabral

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Nerissa Cabral is a popular komiks writer, fictionist in the Philippines. Her works are mostly in the romance, drama, and fantasy genres. She currently writes prose in pocketbooks and magazines.

Early Life and Education

Cabral was born in Tondo, Manila, where she drew the materials for her stories, on 14 July 1943. She is the daughter of Fernando Carbral Sr., a doctor, and Consuelo Gregorio. She married Antero Espino with whom she has four children. Cabral studied a secretarial course at the Philippine College of Commerce (now Polytechnic University of the Philippines). Inspired by a story of the komiks legend Mars Ravelo, she turned to writing komiks at the age of 21, with two big names in komiks guiding her: Tony Velasquez and Antonio Tenorio.

Works on Film and TV

Her first illustrated story was Bisperas ng Kasal, a story that appeared in Espesyal Komiks, 1962. In 1966, Mars Ravelo, then managing Pilipino Komiks, Inc., asked her to produce a serial. The result was Sa Bawat Tiktak ng Orasan, Kamatayan which was her first komiks serial and was also serialized in Espesyal Komiks and was illustrated by Nestor Leonidez.

About 30 of her work have been filmed, among them were Inagawan Ako ng Aking Ama, Karugtong ng Kahapon (1975), Modelong Tanso(1980), Paano ba ang Mangarap? (1983), Karibal Ko ang Aking Ina (1982), Beloved (1985), Bituing Walang Ningning (1985), Bukas Luluhod ang mga Tala (1984), Palimos ng Pag – ibig (1986), Ang Bukas Ay Akin (1989), Tinik Sa Dibdib (1985), Hindi Nahahati ang Langit (1985), Kung Tapos Na Ang Kailanman (1990), and Kumukulong Dugo (1991).

Some of her best works were adapted into TV series like Bituing Walang Ningning (2006), Walang Kapalit (2007), Palimos ng Pag – ibig (2007), at Paano Ba Ang Mangarap? (2009).


The movie Paano ba ang Mangarap? (1983) won for Cabral a Best Story award from the 32nd Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards in 1983. In 1979, the Catholic Mass Media Awards awarded her novel, Nawawalang Munting Anghel, which was published in Liwayway, the Best Komiks Novel Award. And in 1990, the Guillermo Mendoza Foundation adjudged her Most Popular Movie Writer of the Year.

To date, Cabral has written and published some 600 illustrated short stories, about 150 short stories in prose, 200 komiks novels, and 50 romance novels in pocketbook form. She also have about a dozen serials running simultaneously in several komiks magazines.

Cabral also wrote pocketbook novels when the komiks industry declined in the 1990s. She is still active writing komiks and novels. She is also the publisher and editor of La Primera Publishing House.