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Karl Suarez Roy

15 March 2012

Karl Suarez Roy was one of the icons of Pinoy rock.  The lead singer of bands such as Advent Call, P.O.T. and Kapatid, Karl has built a career that spanned three decades.  He passed away 13 days before his 44th birthday on 13 March 2012, Tuesday, from a cardiac arrest arising from pulmonary edema.   The Philippine music industry mourns his loss.

Karl is related to respected names in music and law:  Kevin Suarez Roy is Karl’s younger brother and is the front man for the band Razorback.  Atty. Jose de Jesus Roy was Karl’s grandfather and is a pillar of local politics, serving as a Congressman for Tarlac and a Senator of the Philippines.  Atty. Jose “Judd” M. Roy III is Karl’s cousin and is the former Dean and former President of PLM College of Law.  He is currently serving as a member of the defense panel of Chief Justice Renato Corona in his impeachment trial.

The earliest of his ancestors we could trace are Karl’s great-grandparents:  Macario L. Roy (born in 1874 and died in 1951 in Moncada, Tarlac) and Marciana de Jesus.  View his family tree here.

Via Kapatid on Flickr (

The surname Roy is of Scottish origin. It comes from the Gaelic word “ruadh” which means “red”.   It is hypothesized that this surname originated from a nickname.  It’s original bearer must have had red hair or had ruddy complexion or wore red clothing.  In other countries, “roy” may also be a variant of “rey” which means “regal” or “of royal manner”.  The name is widely used in England, Scotland, France and India.  The name is not common in the Philippines.  Could it be that Karl’s Castillian profile hints a yet-unknown Caucasian ancestry?

Research Notes

1. Bruce Roy. “Roy-Royes Family Links“. Date accessed: 15 March 2012.

2. Concepcion, Pocholo.  “Rock star Karl Roy, one of local music’s best acts; 43“. Inquirer On-Line. Date published: 14 March 2012. Date accessed: 15 March 2012.

3. Francisco, VJ.  “Congressman Roy“.  The Lawyers’ Journal, Volume 15.  Indiana:  Indiana University, 1950.  Date digitized: 09 August 2010.  Date accessed: 15 March 2012.

4. “Karl Suarez Roy“.  Geni.  Date accessed: 15 March 2012.

4. “Jose J. Roy“.  Philippine Senate Official Web Site.  Date accessed: 15 March 2012.

5. “Roy Family Crest and Name History“.  Date published: 01 December 2011.  Date accessed: 15 March 2012.

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