While first time mothers thrived this 2017, the industry also mourned a couple of deaths from among its ranks.
1. Donna Villa
Director Carlo J. Caparas’ better half and former actress and producer Donna Villa succumbed to cancer early this 2017.
READ: Film producer Donna Villa dieas at age 57
2. Soxie Topacio
Director-comedian Soxie Topacio also shocked many with his passing after years of battling lung cancer. Direk Soxie is known for his critically-acclaimed movie Ded Na Si Lolo, which became an official Philippine to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010.
READ: Soxie Topacio isang taong nakipaglaban sa lung cancer
3. Gil Portes
Award-winning director of the opus Merika and Andrea Paano Ba Ang Maging Isang Ina? Featuring Superstar Nora Aunor and Miss X starring Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos Gil Portes also joined the creator this year. However, the cause of his death remains unknown to the public even until this day.
READ: Gil Portes passes away at 71
4. Pepsi Herrera
Celebrities likewise mourned one pillar of the fashion industry as renowned fashion designer Pepsi Herrera, who happens to be Kim Chiu’s business partner, passed away due to a massive heart attack.
READ: Celebrity fashion designer Pepsi Herrera passes away
5. Cornelia “Angge” Lee
One of the showbiz industry’s formidable personas, Cornelia “Angge” Lee also succumbed to a heart attack a year after battling an earlier heart attack and being comatose.
READ: Talent manager Cornelia ‘Tita Angge’ Lee passes away
6. Alfie Lorenzo
Judy Ann Santos’ former feisty talent manager Alfie Lorenzo joined the creator this year after also suffering from a heart attack.
READ: Talent manager and movie scribe Alfie Lorenzo passes away
7. Willy Cruz
Classic OPM composer Willy Cruz left timeless hits “Bituing Walang Ningning” and “Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas,” among others, when he passed away this year for still unidentified reasons.
READ: Composer Willy Cruz passes away at 70
8. Romeo Vasquez
Veteran actor and Albert Martinez’s father-in-law Romeo “Bobby” Vasquez, meanwhile, passed away in the US. Romeo is best known for his portrayal of Lauro Vizconde in the 1993 film The Vizconde Masssacre.
READ: Veteran actor Romeo Vasquez passes away
9. Tony Calvento
Known for his feisty commentary and his now-defunct investigative program titled Calvento Files, broadcast journalist Tony Calvento was laid to rest this year at the Heritage Park.
READ: Journalist Tony Calvento passes away
10. Chinggoy Alonzo
Wildflower star Chinggoy Alonzo bid the show adieu earlier than expected after ending his years of battle and finally succumbing to colon cancer.
READ: Veteran actor Chinggoy Alonzo passes away after battling cancer
11. Isabel Granada
One death that totally shocked the industry was the untimely demise of the former That’s Entertainment actress Isabel Granada days after going into a comatose due to aneurysm. The actress who was then in Qatar suffered an attack while on a meet and greet event.
READ: Isabel Granada passes away
12. Franco Hernandez
Another untimely death that surprised the public was that of Hashtags member Franco Hernandez. Franco, who was on vacation in Davao Occidental with his non-showbiz girlfriend and co-Hashtags member Tom Doromal, drowned after falling off from the motor boat that they were riding on got hit by a strong wave.
READ: Hashtag Franco Hernandez passes away