Eddie Garcia ‘epitomized strength and sex appeal,’ says Lea Salonga
MANILA, Philippines — As the world of show business mourned the passing of Eddie Garcia, tributes poured for the industry giant whose career spanned seven decades.
Among them was Tony Award winner actress Lea Salonga who took to Instagram to praise the veteran actor.
“Rest In Peace to one of our industry’s giants. Besides talent, you epitomized strength and sex appeal,” Salonga said.
“That you remained a force for as long as you’ve been active speaks volumes to your work ethic and professionalism. You will not be forgotten,” she added.
Garcia passed away on Thursday at age 90. Last June 8, he suffered a neck fracture after tripping on a cable wire on the set of an upcoming teleserye.
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Another celebrity who mourned his passing was Judy Ann Santos who hoped this would serve as a reminder to networks on the importance of safety during tapings.
“Sana sa nangyaring to, maging bukas ang isip ng mga networks sa tamang pag aalaga, pagbigay ng sapat na kaalaman sa lahat ng taga production pagdating sa mga ganitong sitwasyon.. maaring naiwasan sana,” Santos wrote in an Instagram post.
“Hanggang sa huli ibinukas mo ang mata ng industriya.. kung paanong dapat pahalagahan at wag balewalain ang kaligtasan ng bawat taong nagtatrabaho sa produksyon,” she added.
She also said it is such a shame she did not get to work with the veteran actor who was often praised by his colleagues for his professionalism.
“Nakakalungkot… nakakahinayang na hindi ko nagawang makatrabaho ang isang napaka proffesional at batikang artista.. pero naggawa kong makamayan at makausap ng maraming beses.. maraming salamat tito eddie.. mananatili kang nag iisa sa industriyang ito,” Santos said.
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