We pay our final respect to the stars who have passed away in 2017 and the legacies they have left behind. We will surely remember these celebrities and personalities for their outstanding dedication to their career, professions, and craft.
They might be gone but definitely not forgotten.
Here are the famous personalities who passed away this year of 2017.
1. Isabel Granada
The 41-year-old actress died on November 4 in Doha, Qatar. She was in coma for almost two weeks after collapsing on October 24.
The doctors at the Hamad General Hospital said brain aneurysm caused her death.
2. Franco Hernandez
Hashtag Franco met his untimely death in a drowning accident in the waters of North Lamidan in Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental, last November 11.
3. Cornelia “Angge” Lee
She was a showbiz veteran known in showbiz as Tita Angge, a talent manager and radio commentator.
She was bedridden for a year after suffering a heart attack on March 5, 2016. She died on March 2, 2017.
She was the manager of Sylvia Sanchez, Smokey Manaloto, Mickey Ferriols, among others.
4. Romeo Vasquez
He was the father of the late Liezl Martinez with his ex-wife, Amalia Fuentes, who once held the title Queen of Philippine Cinema.
Romeo was confined at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Los Angeles, California, fighting liver cancer when he suffered a stroke, according to a report.
He was a matinee idol and leading man of famous actresses like Amalia, Susan Roces, Barbara Perez, and Vilma Santos.
5. Tony Calvento
The veteran journalist passed away on October 9 due to massive organ failure, according to his son.
He was a multimedia journalist for print, radio, television.
6. Soxie Topacio
Film director Soxie Topacio succumbed to lung cancer at the Delos Santos Medical Center on the night of July 21, two years after he was diagnosed in August 2016.
7. Emmanuel “Maning” H. Borlaza
Another revered local director who passed away in 2017 was Emmanuel “Maning” H. Borlaza.
He suffered a heart attack on October 12 at the age of 81.
8. Chinggoy Alonzo
Chinggoy Alonzo, a veteran actor, lost his fight against colon cancer on October 15 at the Chinese General Hospital in Manila.
The TV, movie, and theatre actor was 67.
9. Baldo Marro
Former action star turned stunt director Teodoro Galan Baldomaro, popularly known in showbiz as Baldo Marro, died last October 22 at the age of 69 from health complications.
10. Alfie Lorenzo
Veteran talent manager and entertainment columnist Alfie Lorenzo died last August 1 at age 78 after a heart attack.
11. Herminio Bautista
Former Quezon City Councilor Herminio “Butch” Bautista passed away last February 12 at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City. He was 82.
12. Willy Cruz
Renowned Filipino composer Wilfredo “Willy” Cruz was in coma after a stroke and never recovered. He died a week later on April 17 at the age of 70.
Some of his classic pieces were “Bituing Walang Ningning,” “Pangarap Na Bituin,” “Never Say Goodbye,” “May Minamahal,” “Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas,” “Doon Lang,” “Sana Maulit Muli,” “Init Sa Magdamag,” “Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap,” and “Sana’y Maghintay Ang Walang Hanggan.”
13. Zeny Zabala
The popular kontrabida in films died on August 8 from kidney failure. She was 80.
Zeny started her career in the mid-1950s and would become known throughout her acting career as a villainess beyond compare.
14. Amelyn Veloso
CNN Philippines news anchor Amelyn Veloso succumbed to liver cancer last August 24. She was 43.
Amelyn started as anchor in The Big News on ABC-5 in 1999.
15. Joe Taruc
The veretan radio anchor who most of the people considered to be one of the pillars of Philippine radio, passed away on September 30 at the age of 70.
The radio broadcaster was an industry veteran and for 40 years a driving force in the success of DZRH.
A popular radio commentator on national issues, he anchored DZRH’S long-running public affairs radio program Damdaming Bayan and Pangunahing Balita.
He is also the father of GMA-7 reporter Jay Taruc.
16. Mario Hernando
The sudden death of noted film critic and entertainment columnist Mario Hernando on September 5 deeply bereaved his friends and colleagues both in print journalism and showbiz.
As a journalist, he was for a long time the Weekend editor of the broadsheet Malaya. He also wrote articles on movies for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Philippine Star.
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