Sharon Cuneta took to social media to pen a message for her late friend Cherie Gil.
The Megastar shared that she was with Cherie in New York during the latter's final hours.
"I flew to New York early yesterday with a heavy heart, still forcing it to hang on to that sliver of hope of God performing a miracle and allowing you to pull through this. I am eternally grateful to Him for giving us the few hours we spent together... the love and words yet again exchanged in person. The knowledge that the friendship forged when we were very young was stronger and would only keep getting so," she wrote.
In her post, Sharon shared her final conversation with Cherie before she passed away, which was a few hours after she visited the late actress.
"You told me about your tree to heaven outside of your apartment window which I didn’t get to see. We said 'I love you' and I said I’d see you again today and you raised both arms and gave me the thumbs up with both hands. Then barely eleven hours after I left you, I was awakened by his call saying you had passed... I leave New York now with a much heavier heart than ever before... because now I am leaving YOU with the knowledge that I will NEVER see you again... I cannot process it," Sharon remarked.
The actress said that it will never be the same without Cherie.
"I will never be the same without you. I told you that you had to fight, please, because you couldn’t leave me and that you were my partner, that there is no one like you... You said yes. But God took you home, took all your pain away. I will never get to feed you ice chips again. Or share most everything else with you," she stated.
Sharon said that she is taking comfort knowing that she was with Cherie's family during her final moments.
"Your kids are strong and love you so much. Mike and I won’t have to keep our talks about you a secret anymore like we did while taping our show. But I don’t know how we would want to. I thank God I was with your Dad and Mom and R and all your kids to 'see you off' - but I am not happy," she wrote.
The Megastar added, "My heart is in pieces again and now I dunno how to put it back together anymore -because among the many loved ones I have lost these past few years, you were and always will be one of my most loved... a most important part of my life and my history. Of my heart."
Concluding her message, Sharon expressed her gratitude and love for Cherrie.
"I love you so very much. It is the end of an era now that you’ve left us. What will I do without you now, Love? My true screen partner, a true friend, ninang of Simone. I miss you so terribly and know it will only get worse. Be at peace in God’s loving arms, my Cheech. I’ll see you again someday. I will love you with all my heart, forever. Thank you for everything," she posted.
Sharon and Cherie starred in several movies together, notably in the 1985 classic Bituing Walang Ningning.