Enrile on sister Armida Siguion-Reyna: ‘Don’t forget her’
MANILA, Philippines — “Huwag ninyong kalimutan siya dahil isinulong niya yung wika natin sa kanyang kanta — yung ‘Aawitan Kita’,” former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said of his half-sister, singer-actress Armida Siguion-Reyna, who died on Monday at 88.
[Don’t forget her. She promoted our language through her song “Aawitan Kita.”]
Enrile, who would be turning 95 on Thursday, Feb. 14, talked about her sister’s ailment after his Monday Radyo Inquirer program, “Itanong Mo Kay Manong Johnny.”
“Malungkot ako at malungkot kaming lahat at pumanaw yung aming kapatid. At siya’y nagkasakit about two weeks ago. Nagkaroon siya ng pneumonia. Pumasok sa ospital sa St. Luke’s sa Bonifacio. Ngunit hindi lamang yung pneumonia niya ang nakita’t nagkaroon siya ng problema sa colon. Tinanggal ‘yon, inoperahan, pero medyo kumalat na,” he said.
[I’m said. We’re all sad that our sister died. She got sick about two weeks ago. She got pneumonia and she went to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City. There they found out that not only did she have pneumonia she also had a problem in her colon. That was removed through surgery. But the disease had spread.]
“Sabi ko sa aking mga pamangkin at aking mga kapatid, talagang ganyan ang buhay,” Enrile went on. “Lahat tayo ay may sakit [pagdating ng panahon]. Iyan eh di mo magagamot yan dadating ang panahon mo,” Enrile said.
[I told my nephews and nieces and my siblings, that’s how life is. We will all get sick sometime. And the time will come when you can’t cure that.]
According to Enrile, a Mass will be celebrated at the Manila Memorial Park and the wake will be at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.
He asked fans and colleagues of the singer-actress to offer their prayers for the repose of her soul.
“Sana po kayo na nakakakilala sa aking kapatid, at naging kasama niya sa showbiz lalo na, at tsaka yung mga nakasama niya sa kantahan ay ipagdadasal para siya ay tumahimik kung saan man siya dadalhin ng Panginoon,” he said.
[I hope that those who knew my sister, especially those who was with her in showbiz and who were her colleagues in singing, would pray for the repose of her soul, wherever they Lord may take her.]
A Filipino music icon, Siguion-Reyna produced and hosted the award-winning show “Aawitan Kita” and last appeared in a family drama,“Filipinas,” which was directed by Joel Lamangan, in 2003.
She was also known for the musical albums “Aawitan Kita,” as well as “Armida”and “Sa Lungkot at Saya… Aawitan Kita.”
Siguion-Reyna’s family will release a formal statement on Tuesday regarding the passing of the veteran singer and actress. /atm
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