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Panelo expresses Palace condolences; admiration for Armida

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By Genalyn Kabiling

The late acclaimed artist Armida Siguion-Reyna, a fearless and principled woman, will be missed by Filipinos, Malacañang said Tuesday.

ARMIDA SIGUION-REYNA

ARMIDA SIGUION-REYNA

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo mourned the death of Siguion-Reyna and offered sympathies to her families and friends.

“The entertainment world has lost one of its pillars and the Palace expresses its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the former Movie and Television Review Classification Board (MTRCB) Chairperson Armida Siguion-Reyna,” Panelo said.

“Her voice whether singing kundimans or advocating free expression will be missed by many of us so we pray for the eternal repose of her soul and may perpetual light shine upon her,” he added.

Siguion-Reyna, a distinguished singer, actress and film producer, passed away last Monday. She was 88.

Panelo paid tribute to Siguion-Reyna for her “immense” contribution to the local music, television and film industries.

He admitted being a fan of Siguion-Reyna, saying he watched the television program “Aawitan Kita” that she hosted and produced on television for more than 30 years. “In fact, that particular show popularized kundiman songs which lately have been aired on radio, songs like ‘Anak Dalita’ and ‘Dahil Sa ‘yo,'” he said.

The Palace official likewise admired Siguion-Reyna’s courage especially when faced with challenges and detractors.

“Now if you look at her biography, specifically that biographical book, fear was not in her vocabulary, and if you have witnessed how this woman faced her detractors as well as her critics, immediately you will know that this woman was one who had an independent mind of her own and a principled citizen at that and she had demonstrated this kind of character all throughout her career,” he said.

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