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Actor JM Canlas dies at 17

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JM Canlas, the talented young actor known for his roles in the films "Kiko Boksingero" and "ANi," passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2023. (Photo/s: Facebook)

Manila, Philippines – In a devastating announcement, actor Elijah Canlas’ younger brother, JM Canlas, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2023, at the age of 17. JM Canlas, who gained recognition for his roles in the films “Kiko Boksingero” and “ANi,” was a talented individual with diverse interests in acting, sports, music, singing, debating, and gaming. 

“It is with the heaviest heart and deep sorrow that our family announces the death of our bunso, Jamile Matthew Madiclum Canlas, earlier this morning. He was 17,” Jerom said in his post Thursday.

“Jm, as he was known to many, was a talented actor, athlete, musician, singer, debater, and gamer. He was always a proud Filipino with a bias and compassion for the poor and oppressed. But most of all, JM will forever be remembered as an incredible young man, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, student, and friend,” he wrote.

While the cause of JM’s death was not immediately disclosed, Jerom shared that the young actor had been grappling with mental health challenges. Despite the difficult circumstances, Jerom encouraged everyone to celebrate JM’s life and cherish the memories they shared with him.

“In his adolescence, JM struggled with his mental health,” Jerom said in his post. “If you are experiencing current distress and are in need of URGENT ATTENTION, please proceed to the emergency room of the hospital nearest you.”

“Let us celebrate his short but wonderful life, as he would want us to,” Jerom stated.

JM’s wake will be held from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6 at St. Peter Chapel, Quezon Avenue. 

The entertainment community mourns the loss of JM Canlas, a promising actor who left a profound impact on his audiences. The family has yet to release further details about memorial services or tributes. May JM be remembered as an extraordinary young man and his memory lives on in the hearts of those he touched.

The news of JM Canlas’ passing at the tender age of 17 came as a shock, leaving behind a void in the hearts of those who knew and worked with him. Colleagues, friends, and fans poured out their grief and shared touching tributes, remembering him as a gifted artist with a passion for his craft.

Renowned for his roles in films like “Kiko Boksingero” and “ANi,” JM’s performances exuded a rare authenticity that captivated audiences. Beyond his acting prowess, he was a multi-talented individual, excelling in various pursuits, including sports, music, singing, debating, and gaming.

Beyond his acting talent, JM Canlas was a versatile individual, excelling in various areas, including sports, music, singing, debating, and gaming. He was known for his unwavering Filipino pride and his compassionate nature, always advocating for the rights of the underprivileged.

As a proud Filipino, JM Canlas demonstrated a profound compassion for the less fortunate, highlighting his dedication to social causes close to his heart. Those who knew him will always remember him as an incredible son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, student, and friend.

As the world mourns the loss of this bright young star, JM Canlas’ legacy will continue to shine as a beacon of inspiration, reminding us of the fleeting nature of life and the importance of cherishing every moment. – 

If you or someone you know requires assistance, don’t hesitate to seek help from the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH). They offer crisis hotlines that can be reached toll-free at 1553 for Luzon landlines, and at 0917-899-USAP (8727), 0966-351-4518, and 0908-639-2672. Further information is available on their website: (

Additionally, you can reach out to Hopeline PH at the following contact numbers: 0917-5584673, 0918-8734673, 88044673. More resources are accessible at, and you can also connect with them on Facebook at Hopeline PH.

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