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Joey De Leon’s mother Emma passes away at 93

/ 04:29 PM February 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Comedian-host Joey De Leon’s mother Emma Manahan Ramos has passed away at age 93.

Keempee De Leon, Joey’s eldest son, announced the news in an Instagram photo: “2-10-19. 10 pm… Our last Sunday with our Dear Loving Mama Emma.”

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In the caption, Keempee wrote: “Lord, please Bless and Welcome Mama Emma in your Holy Kingdom. Sleep now mama.”

Joey also dedicated a post to his late mother, saying “Wala nang maka-quorum sa mahjongg ang ermats ko kaya nag-last jai-alai na kagabi! Love you Ma! Together again sila ni Papa Pepe! Play este, PRAY for us!”

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Wala nang maka-quorum sa mahjongg ang ermats ko kaya nag-last jai-alai na kagabi! Love you Ma! Together again sila ni Papa Pepe! Play este, PRAY for us!

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Jako and Jio, Joey’s other children, also paid tribute to their grandmother.

Jako posted side-by-side photos of an old and a recent picture with his Mama Emma.

“I, for one, will always grateful for you. Thank you Mama Emma for everything. I will never forget you. Love You,” Jako wrote.

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I will always remember your cotton white hair, down to the story of how you never colored it because apparently, once upon a time, Papa Pepe said that it looked good on you. I will always remember the genuine warmth and glee in your voice whenever you exclaim, “good evening!” as you walk through our front door on Sundays after hearing mass. I will always remember all the impromptu lessons, wisdoms and “pangarals” you would leave us, including that one time when you sat me down, and told me off – only to realize that you were referring to a totally different apo … because you really thought I was him. 😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And I will always remember our last conversation right before you fell ill … well, you first reminded me that I was very old. “Matanda ka na”, you repeatedly said. (And yes ma, I know. Haha) And right after that, you reminded me that it is important for us to be good to each other and to take care of one another, that we have to learn how to give and take, and that most importantly, we all have to be grateful in this life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I, for one, will always grateful for you. Thank you Mama Emma for everything. I will never forget you. Love You 🌹

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Jio, on the other hand, reminisced the last time he spoke with his Mama Emma.

He recounted,  “The last time I really got to speak with Mama Emma just a little over a week ago. She wasn’t a hundred percent but she was still joking around with me about her mahjong games and how I’d give her money to bet in her games.”

“She also said to be helpful to others, to not fight with my loved ones, and be thankful, so I’m thankful for you, Mama, for everything you’ve done and everything you’ve passed on,” he added. /gsg

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