- The love story of romantic couple Ralph Landicho and Raquel Panganiban, which was supposed to culminate in a wedding, ended when COVID-19 reared its ugly head
- Landicho contracted the deadly disease three days before the scheduled wedding on August 31 and died six days later, or exactly three days after the scheduled wedding
- His sister, Roxanne Landicho, posted a moving tribute to Ralph, from his proposal, to prenup footages, his hospitalization and eventual death, up to his funeral
- That post has now gained more than 12K shares and over 35K reacts
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What should have been a happy day full of greetings of Best Wishes soon turned into gloomy expressions of condolences when the groom-to-be, Ralph Waldo G. Landicho, contracted COVID-19 three days before his wedding.
Landicho died in the hospital six days after contracting the deadly virus, or three days after the scheduled wedding.
After Ralph’s death, Roxanne Landicho, Ralph’s sister, made a moving tribute for her brother.
The video included his romantic proposal to his fiancée, Raquel Panganiban, their goofy prenup shoot, Ralph in the hospital, and his funeral, showing the grief-stricken Raquel.
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In the heart-wrenching footage, the grief-stricken fiancée can be seen in a long white dress crying and shaking while holding Ralph’s portrait.
“Totoo ang COVID-19.???? Kelan ka maniniwala? Kelan ka mag iingat? Kelan mo aalagaan ang katawan mo? Kelan mo iisipin na mag ingat para sa sarili mo at para sa mga kapamilya mo? Ang akala namin na simula ng pagmamahalan na pang habang buhay, nanakawin lang pala ng pandemyang ito????” Raquel cried out in between loud sobs.
That post has gained, as of writing, more than 12K shares and over 35K reacts.
According to Roxanne, her brother and Raquel, have been dating for four years.
Both work overseas, with Ralph working as a seafarer, though the couple went home in June to their hometown in Tiaong town in Quezon Province for the wedding.
They were scheduled to get married last July 31, though that never materialized because three days before that date, Ralph turned up positive for COVID-19. He passed away on August 3 and was cremated on the same day.
Raquel revealed that Ralph consumed around 20 oxygen tanks at the hospital in less than one day.
In a separate Facebook post, Raquel wrote her tribute for Ralph.
“Alam ko na mahal na mahal mo ako,at alam mo din na mahal na mahal kita. Di ko alam papaano ako. Hanggang dulo ng hininga ko mamahalin pa din kita. Walang papantay sayo! Samahan mo pa din ako sa lahat ng Pangarap natin. Nagpapakatatag ako para sa pamilya natin both sides. Isa kang mabuting Anak, Manugang, kuya, Pamangkin, Pinsan, Kaibigan, Katrabaho. Alam ko na mahal na mahal mo sila,” Raquel wrote.
She then ended her post expressing her deep love for her lost love.
“I love you now and forever! Go on my love!” Raquel wrote in her post.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked homes, destroyed livelihoods, and put the economies of dozens of countries, including the Philippines, in a slump. It also took away loved ones in a sudden and deceitful manner. The deadly disease also deprived loved ones of the chance to say their final goodbyes as patients often remain isolated as government restrictions mandate that the only people who can come near them are health workers. Like a final stake driven through the heart, government regulations require that those who die from COVID-19 should be cremated within 24 hours of their deaths, thereby depriving the family again of at least holding a traditional wake where family members and friends could pay their final respects and goodbyes.
COVID-19 does not spare anyone, including celebrities. Several days ago, popular Filipino Dota caster Aldrin Paulo "Dunoo" passed away due to COVID-19. Dunoo died on August 27 and the news was announced on Facebook by TNC Predator. He said that it was with a heavy heart that they announced the passing of one of their shoutcasters. Dunoo was also regarded as a Filipino casting legend, and was described by other casters as an amazing friend.
More recently, popular comedienne Noemi Tesorero, more popularly known as Mahal, also passed away due to COVID-19. This was confirmed on social media by her sister, Irene Tesorero. Mahal rose to fame after portraying several comedy roles in both TV and movies.