MANILA, Philippines – Philippine cinema lost one of its greats on October 5 with the death of actress Amalia Fuentes at age 79.
In the wake of her passing, celebrities paid tribute to Fuentes. Among them were members of her family – many of whom were actors themselves.
In a touching message on Instagram, her nephew Aga Muhlach said: “You started it all for us. You have taught me so much in life. You were an inspiration.”
View this post on Instagram 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. A post shared by Agamuhlach317 (@agamuhlach317) on Oct 4, 2019 at 6:15pm PDT
Another nephew, former child star Niño Muhlach, posted a video of his son Alonzo serenading Fuentes with a song.
View this post on Instagram In loving Memory Amalia (Fuentes) Muhlach Aug. 27, 1940 - Oct. 5, 2019 A post shared by Niño Muhlach (@oninmuhlach) on Oct 4, 2019 at 2:03pm PDT
Fuentes’ son-in-law, actor Albert Martinez posted several photos of the actress, including one with her daughter, Albert’s late wife Liezl, who died in 2015. In the caption he simply wrote “Amalia Fuentes 1940-2019 Rest In Peace.”
View this post on Instagram Amalia Fuentes 1940 - 2019 Rest In Peace A post shared by Albert Martinez (@albertmartinezph) on Oct 4, 2019 at 5:09pm PDT
Martinez’s children, Alfonso, Alyanna, and Alissa, who announced their grandmother’s death, also posted their own tributes on their social media accounts.
View this post on Instagram It is with great sadness that I together with my siblings Alyanna and Alissa, inform you that our Grandmother, Amalia Amador Muhlach has taken her last breath this morning in the Philippines. She is now reunited with her husband Joey Stevens, our mother Anna-Lissa Martinez and her ex-husband, our Lolo Bobby. We have prayed for nothing but peace for her and now she can finally rest. Our family only asks that you respect our privacy during this time and join us in praying for her soul. A post shared by Alfonso Sumilang Martinez (@bears.of.paradise) on Oct 4, 2019 at 1:47pm PDT
Alyanna and Alissa shared old photos of Fuentes with their mother, saying that the two women are now reunited.
View this post on Instagram Mama & Lola reunited A post shared by Alyanna Martinez-Macam (@alyannamartinez) on Oct 4, 2019 at 3:14pm PDT
View this post on Instagram My beautiful Lola is now reunited with my mama rest well Lola. I love you so much. A post shared by Alissa Martinez (@alissamartinez) on Oct 4, 2019 at 2:26pm PDT
Musical theater star Lea Salonga offered her condolences to Fuentes’ family, saying “Rest in Peace, Tita Nena.”
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
Eat Bulaga! host Ruby Rodriguez mourned both Fuentes and theater veteran Tony Mabesa, who died a few hours before Fuentes, late on October 4.
It so sad to hear Tony Mabesa passing and the beautiful Amalia Fuentes RIP — ruby rodriguez (@rodriguezruby) October 5, 2019
Dancer and host Regine Tolentino sent her love to Fuentes’ family, and described her as “one of the queens of Philippine cinema.”
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