Legendary actress Mila del Sol passed away

Heidi Hsia
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10 Nov – Legendary Filipina actress Mila del Sol has recently passed away.

As reported on PEP, del Sol, dubbed as the Queen of the Golden Age of Philippine Cinema in the 1930s to 1940s, was revealed to have passed away on 10 November, as announced by her grandson, former Paranaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting.

He wrote, "It is with a heavy heart that I share that my beloved grandmother, Ms. Mila del Sol, our Lulay, passed away this morning at 1:10am. She was 97 years old. She passed away in the home of her eldest son and my father, Sonny Tambunting. Though we mourn her passing, we are comforted in knowing that the One who called her from this life, our Lord, loves her more than we could ever love her. She has returned home."

He added that it has been an honour and privilege to carry the legacy of his grandmother, whom he said rose from poverty to be the queen of the Golden Age of Philippine Cinema - who have starred in numerous films including "Giliw Ko", "Orasang Ginto", and "Ibong Adarna" - with the simple goal of buying her mother a pair of slippers.

"She went on to star in over 40 feature films. Being the link of the pre-war and the post-war era, Lola's contributions to laying down the foundations of Philippine cinema has allowed her to be recognised as a true cornerstone of the industry. Before her passing, she was the only living movie star from the Golden Age of Philippine Cinema in the 1930s and 1940s."

He added that del Sol's deep love for her family and her desire to serve those who made her a big movie star sparked the formation of Mila del Sol's Superior Maintenance Service - the biggest janitorial firm in the country today, which is entering its 56th year.

"More than anything, Lulay was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. Lulay loved her 6 children, 2 of whom have already gone ahead of us, 17 grandchildren, and more than 30 great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She is survived by her 4 children, Sonny Tambunting, former TV host Jeanne Young , Ancel Romero, and Leo Romero," he added.

(Photo Source: Gus Tambunting Facebook)