- Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has expressed his grief over the passing of his sister, Armida Siguion-Reyna
- Enrile recalled his memory with Armida when they were still young
- The former senator also urged the young Filipinos not to forget Armida and her legacy
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Veteran actress Armida Siguion-Reyna has died at the age of 88 on Monday. KAMI learned that her brother, former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, has paid a tribute to her sister.
Through a statement, Enrile has expressed his grief over his sister’s passing. However, he said that he is relieved that Armida can now peacefully rest after battling with an illness, as reported by ABS-CBN News.
"Malungkot ako at malungkot kaming lahat ng mga kapatid ko sa pagpanaw ni Armida. Ikinalulungkot ko na siya'y nagkasakit at bagamat ginamot ay pumanaw pa rin,” Enrile said.
"Sa kabila nito, masaya na rin ako na makakapagpahinga siya," he added.
The former senator also shared his memories of his sister Armida when they were still young. Enrile also lauded his sister’s legacy in Philippine show business.
"Naging malapit na malapit kaming magkapatid. Naaalala ko pa noong araw ay sinasamahan ko siya pumunta ng party, at kahit may baha sa Maynila, ipinagmamaneho ko siya," he said.
"Hinangaan ko ang kanyang desisyon na pumasok sa pelikula. Malaki ang kanyang naging kontribusyon sa larangan ng showbiz at isinulong niya ang wika natin sa kanyang mga kanta. Ipinagmamalaki ko na naging tanyag siya," he added according to a report by CNN Philippines.
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Enrile ended his statement by urging young Filipinos not to forget his sister’s legacy.
“Ang hinihingi ko lang sa mga Pilipino - lalo na sa kabataan - ay na 'wag na 'wag ninyo siyang kalimutan," he said.
KAMI reported earlier that the great Armida was announced dead by her sister, Irma Potenciano. There were reports going around that said Armida had succumbed to cancer. However, there was still no confirmation from the family regarding the cause of her death.
Born on November 4, 1930, Armida Siguion-Reyna was a well-known singer and actress for her portrayal in movies like “Sa Pagitan ng Dalawang Langit”, “Ikaw Pa Lang Ang Minahal”, and “Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit”.
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