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Alessandra de Rossi mourns death of ‘BFF’ and ‘classmate’ Anita Linda

/ 12:28 PM June 10, 2020
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(L to R) Actresses Alessandra de Rossi and Anita Linda with director Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr. Image: Instagram/@msderossi

Actress Alessandra de Rossi grieves the death of veteran actress Anita Linda who died today, June 10, at the age of 95.

De Rossi recalled some of her best moments with Linda when taping and shared why she considers the veteran star her “classmate.” The 35-year-old actress also revealed Linda’s last words to her, on her Instagram post today.

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“I call her Anita, my classmate, joke ko lagi sa kanya na [BFF] na kami nung elementary, sadyang magaling lang ang doktor ko at [siya] ay laging puyat,” de Rossi said. (I always joke with her about how she was my best friend forever [BFF] when we were in elementary, but my doctor just so happens to be great, while she was always staying up late.)

De Rossi disclosed that there was never a dull moment when she was with Linda. Although the shooting might be tiring, de Rossi and the rest of the crew were happy whenever Linda was around. The “Kita Kita” star also reminisced on how it was a “riot” when Linda used to wear her red lipstick.

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“Kaya pag nagkita kami, she’ll say, ‘naglipstick akong red, classmate, dahil alam kong lolokohin mo na naman ako!’ and tama [siya],” de Rossi recalled. (When we meet, she would say, “I wore my red lipstick, classmate, because I know you are going to poke fun at me again!” and she was right.)

Linda also imparted wisdom to de Rossi before her passing. De Rossi recalled the last words of her “classmate” to her.

“[Never] lose your sunshine, you never fail to make us happy just by being who you are,” Linda said. “That is rare.”

“Anita, ang hirap maging masaya ngayon sa mga panahon na ito. Madilim,” De Rossi said. “But your laughter and your beautiful words will be my eternal sunshine. Tinayo mo ako today.”

(Anita, it is hard to be happy during these times. It is dark, but your laughter and your beautiful words will be my eternal sunshine. You raised me up today.)

Director Adolfo Alix Jr. is also mourning Linda’s death. The veteran actress passed away at 6:15 a.m. today, as per his Instagram post. He also expressed his condolences to her family and children.

“This is a very sad day for me,” Alix said. “I am trembling as I am gathering my thoughts.”

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Linda’s daughter, Francesca Legaspi, has confirmed her mother’s passing in earlier reports. The cause of Linda’s death was not disclosed.

De Rossi and Linda worked together in the 2012 award-winning film “Sta. Niña”, which also stars Coco Martin. The actors’ performances in the film were recognized at the Asean International Film Festival Awards (AIFFA Award) as Linda won Best Supporting Actress, while De Rossi bagged the Best Actress award. JB

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