Dr. Sally Gatchalian, the sister of television host Ruby Rodriguez, has passed away after reportedly battling the novel coronavirus.
Ruby confirmed the sad news via an Instagram post on Thursday, March 26.
My sister, Manang sally, this is our Christmas 2019 family picture. Finally were complete. We will only remember you with Happy memories, laughing and sleeping, your johnson outfits and all, how u love bling bling, your Kuaff hair everday, your Kdrama addiction ( u got me hooked up too) i will make u kwento what i have seen last, our sunday lunches, our "bonding trips" that you and I only do( other siblings kasi nasa US) lots of happy and fond memories! I love you so much my big sister❤️❤️❤️ smile say hi to Mom Dad and manong robert. Be at peace do not worry about us anymore. Have fun in heaven! Love you so much!!!
"We will only remember you with happy memories, laughing and sleeping, your Johnson outfits and all, how you love bling bling, your Kuaff hair everday, your K-drama addiction (you got me hooked up too). I will make you kwento what I have seen last, our Sunday lunches, our 'bonding trips' that you and I only do (other siblings kasi nasa US). Lots of happy and fond memories! I love you so much my big sister," she said.
"Smile. Say hi to Mom, Dad, and Manong Robert. Be at peace, do not worry about us anymore. Have fun in heaven! Love you so much!" she added.
Gatchalian, the head of the Philippine Pediatric Society and assistant director at the Research Insitute for Medical Tropical Medicine, had tested positive for COVID-19, according to Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines president Dr. Rustico Jiimenez. She is reportedly the ninth Filipino doctor to pass away from the pandemic, after cardiologists Raul Jara and Israel Bactol, anesthesiologist Gregory Macasaet, Pampanga provincial health chief Marcelo Jaochico, and Pangasinan's Dr. Henry Fernandez.
In the comments, fellow celebrities extended their condolences to Ruby, including Judy Ann Santos, Joey de Leon, Alessandra de Rossi, Angeline Quinto, Danica Pingris, Arlene Muhlach, and Pia Guanio.
The Philippines as of Thursday, confirmed 38 deaths and 26 patients who recovered out of its total 636 cases of the disease. Currently, the entire mainland of Luzon is placed under an enhanced community quarantine to contain the pandemic. The lockdown will end on April 12.