Singer-actor Iñigo Pascual is grieving the death of his avid fan after succumbing to Leukemia, he confirmed on Instagram early Wednesday. She was 15.
If i could only feel your hug one more time.. if i could only hear you laugh again.. i cant believe this is happening... Maraming Salamat Arnie. I will carry you in my heart forever, with every performance and every song I write... kahit na konting panahon lang kitang nakilala sobrang laki ng epekto mo sakin at hinding hindi ko makakalimutan yun. Mahal na mahal kita Arnie. Sorry kung di ako umabot. Sorry kung hindi kita natawagan man lang... Mamimiss ka namin ng Loveties ng sobra sobra... Lord, maraming salamat at binigyan nyo kami ng pagkakataon na makilala at makasama si Arnie... till we meet again... 🙏🏼 i love you Arnie @arnieespina
The 21-year-old star has known the late Arnie Espina since they were introduced in a webisode of One Music’s Wander Jam back in September last year. Tagging along his fellow singer Migz Haleco, Iñigo paid a surprise visit to his sick fan in the hospital, during which they sang together Arnie’s personal favorite, ‘Dahil Sa ‘Yo’.
“If I could only feel your hug one more time... if only I could only hear you laugh again... I can’t believe this is happening,” he said. “Maraming salamat, Arnie. I will carry you in my heart forever, with every performance and every song I write. Kahit na konting panahon lang kitang nakilala, sobrang laki ng epekto mo sa ‘kin at hinding hindi ko makakalimutan ‘yun.”
“Mahal na mahal kita, Arnie,” he added.
This comes a mere few weeks after Iñigo arranged a benefit concert for Arnie that was attended by his very own dad, seasoned actor Piolo Pascual, among other performers.
Last night was very special.. I just want to thank everyone who helped to make all of it happen! Salamat sa lahat ng mga pumunta kagabi! Salamat sa mga nagdonate. Salamat sa mga kaibigan ko sa industria na tumulong, thanks for sharing your time and talent. I was kinda hesitant at first when we thought about doing this because everything was last minute. We had no proper preparations for all of it, but we believed that it was possible. To come together and putting your differences aside showed and proved that anything is possible when we lead with our hearts. We are all claiming and praying for Arnie’s complete healing, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. 🙏🏼 • Madami akong kelengan pasalamatan, if only i could thank each and everyone of you personally! • Arnie, maraming salamat sa inspiration. Laban tayo! #ThisOnesForArnie
Iñigo has previously told the press that meeting Arnie has given him a sense of purpose as a singer.
“When we sang together yung 'Dahil Sa’Yo,' the song kind of had a different meaning,” he said. “‘Di ko inisip na ganun ‘yung meaning niya dati, parang, woah, this is why I like to do music.”
Meanwhile, Arnie was just as thankful for Iñigo for having touched her life.
“‘Yun po ‘yung time na feeling ko wala akong sakit,” she said in a previous interview with Push. “‘Yung ang saya saya lang, ‘yung time na ‘yun parang wala, sa sobrang saya po, ‘yung time na ‘yun nanghihina ako tapos dumating siya.”
Arnie, binigyan mo ng bagong meaning ang kantang to. Salamat sa inspirasyon Arnie. Ikaw ay isa sa mga taong nagpapaalala saking kung bakit ko ginagawa ang ginagawa ko. Nagpapsalamat ako sa Diyos dahil nakilala kita. Arnie, gaya ng sabi ng lyrics.. Magiging matapang tayo at lalaban tayo ah. @arnieespina • I want to encourage young people to go out there and help anyone they can. Make people smile. It’ll give life a whole different meaning. When you are put in the position to reach out, use it. Appreciate life, appreciate the simple joys. • Salamat @onemusicph at sa Pamilya Loveties! •Watch the full ep of my WanderJam ep. On One Music’s youtube channel!