A pillar of Philippine theater whose career spanned 70 years, Tony passed away on Friday night in the presence of his family and friends, as confirmed by Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas and playwright Floy Quintos.
The "lion of the theater" and founding artistic director of Dulaang UP was last seen in the MMFF 2018 entry "Rainbow's Sunset" together with late actor Eddie Garcia. He would later win the Best Supporting Award for his oustanding performance as Fredo.
Local stars such as Lea Salonga and Bela Padilla honored Tony as they posted their messages for the late actor on their respective social media accounts.
Rest In Peace, Tony Mabesa.— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) October 4, 2019
It’s a sad day for the industry today, as we say goodbye for now to sir Tony. I was blessed to be given the chance to work with Mr. Tony Mabesa...to witness his sharp wit and listen to his colourful memories ❤️ you will be missed, sir! pic.twitter.com/OIgyVjC2HN— Bela Padilla (@padillabela) October 5, 2019
Our MMFF Best Supporting actor of 2018, Sir Tony Mabesa, may you rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/xDeB0ro05o— Joanna Ampil (@JoannaAmpil) October 4, 2019
It so sad to hear Tony Mabesa passing and the beautiful Amalia Fuentes🙏🏼 RIP— ruby rodriguez (@rodriguezruby) October 5, 2019
Amalia, on the other hand, died on Saturday midnight due to multiple organ failure.
She was 79.
"Cardiac arrest po. Dinala siya sa St. Lukes three days ago tapos
nagkakaroon ng multiple organ failure and seizure. Sampung beses ko siya nakita huminga then wala na," confirmed Amalia's nephew, Niño Muhlach, in an interview with DZMM.
It was in 1956 when Amalia made her foray in showbiz as star of the film 'Movie Fan' opposite her on-screen partner, Juancho Gutierrez.
She was awarded twice by FAMAS for her outstanding performances in 'Ibulong Mo Sa Hangin (1966) and 'Pag-ibig Mo Buhay Ko' (1973).
Last 2015, Amalia courted headlines after suffering from a stroke while vacationing in South Korea.
See the celebrities who paid tribute to Amelia below:
You started it all for us. You have taught me so much in life. You were an inspiration. You treated me like your son. I’m at a loss for words. Go rest now. I know for sure that you are the happiest right now for you are at peace and most specially, reunited with ate Liezl. My growing up years was spent with you, tita. All my weekends, summer vacations, our trips to Baguio, in tali, in the states. Lahat na... Huling paalam, tita. Rest In Peace. You are with our creator now. Rest in HIS embrace. My dad, my mom, you ( my 2nd mom, ate liezl who’s always been a sister to me. I miss you all. I will miss you all forever.
Rest In Peace, Tita Nena. To the entire Muhlach clan, you are in my thoughts. Condolences to you all. https://t.co/TdObsJOXpX— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) October 5, 2019
Sending love, and caring thoughts to the Martinez and Mulach families for the loss of your Lola Nena. She was one of the Queens of Philippine Cinema and will remain one in the hearts of cineastes in the country.#AmaliaFuentes #RestInPeace #PhilippineCinema #MovieLegend https://t.co/FLQTG9fnps— Regine Tolentino (@reginetolentino) October 5, 2019