The local movie industry mourns the passing of one of its pillars, Anita Linda, who passed on today, June 10, at the age of 95.
The legendary actress reportedly succumbed to heart failure after several days of suffering from difficulty in breathing. She also had late stage dementia.
Considered as the country’s oldest active actress, who served the entertainment industry since 1934, the nonagenarian actress starred in nearly 400 movies, her last being Circa, which was a Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino entry in 2019.
Her love for her craft, dedication and contribution to the film industry was all reciprocated with numerous awards and recognition from different award-giving bodies.
Love messages, remembrances, and eulogies for the iconic actress from film industry friends, colleagues, and admirers started to pour in on social media.
Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chair Liza Diño-Seguerra recalled on her Facebook post the “once in a lifetime” moment she had with the Filipino film legend actress.
“Last year, I posted my memorable encounter with her,” Chairwoman Liza narrated on her FB post. "A once in a lifetime chance na makadaupang palad sya...this was what she said to me.”
The FDCP Chair then shared the good words Anita told her during that precious moment.
“’Liza, life has been good to me. Matanda na 'ko, malabo na ang mga mata ko, hindi na ako masyadong makarinig. Pero hanggang ngayon, nandito pa rin ako. Ayokong iwanan ang buhay dahil masarap mabuhay.’
"It was such a humbling experience to have been able to spend a moment with one of our country's living treasures.
“To Miss Anita Linda, the industry is blessed to have you po. Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us.
“Your words will forever be in my heart. Paalam po. Hanggang sa muli...”
Veteran actress-scriptwriter Bibeth Orteza also paid tribute to the nation’s gem by sharing how Anita Linda politely turned down her appointment at the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board way back in 1998.
“FPJ recommended only two people to the Erap government, in 1998. One of them was Anita Linda, whom we all fondly called ‘Tita Alice,’ her real name being Alice Lake, after her aunt, Alice Lake, a Hollywood star from the silent film era.
“Thus was Tita Alice appointed one of the 15 movie industry people in the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, following PD 1986, in Sec. 2, that 'at least fifteen (15) members of the BOARD may come from the movie and television industry to be nominated by legitimate associations representing the various sectors of said industry.’
"Since at that time we lived just a village apart in the Alabang area, the new MTRCB chairman Armida Siguion-Reyna asked me to send to Tita Alice a copy of PD 1986, the law that created the MTRCB, for her perusal.
“The good woman called, a few hours later, saying no matter how much she wanted to be with the board, she had to turn the position down, as there, also in Sec. 2, it said, that 'No person shall be appointed to the BOARD, unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, not less than twenty-one (21) years of age, and of good moral character and standing in the community.'
“My mother-in-law appreciated Tita Alice's telling the truth, for she could have kept her citizenship a secret, if she wanted to. She was greatly respected in the industry, no one was likely to expose her. But, in her very words —‘Hindi ko hihiyain si Ronnie, na nagrekumenda sa akin. Paki-sabi kay Armida, maraming salamat.’”
Bibeth also thanked the late actress for her honesty, integrity, and inspiration.
“Salamat din sa iyo, Tita Alice, sa maganda mong halimbawa. Nawa'y balana ang magtangkang makaabot sa lahat ng iyong nakamtan, mananatili kang inspirasyon sa amin.”
On her Instagram post, award-winning actress Alessandra De Rossi recalled some of the beautiful moments she had with Anita Linda whom she calls as her classmate.
“Hirap ako magjoke lately. Sabi ko pass na muna ako. Tapos.... Anita???! Why?!
“I call her Anita, my classmate, joke ko lagi sa kanya na bff na kami nung elementary, sadyang magaling lang ang doktor ko at sya ay laging puyat.
“No dull moments pag magkakasama, lalo na pag naglipstick sya, riot yun! Kaya pag nagkita kami, she'll say, 'naglipstick akong red, classmate, dahil alam kong lolokohin mo na naman ako!' and tama sya.”
The Kita Kita lead star also shared the good advice the late actress told her.
“Some beautiful words she said to me, 'never lose your sunshine, you never fail to make us happy just by being who you are. That is rare. Nakakapagod sa shooting, pero pag nandito ka, masaya kami. don't ever change. just be yourself. don't let anyone or anything take that away from you.'
Alessandra continued: “Anita, ang hirap maging masaya ngayon sa mga panahon na ito. Madilim. But your laughter and your beautiful words will be my eternal sunshine and pride. Tinayo mo ako today. Hindi ko pa kaya magjoke ha? Sinusubukan namin ni @aalixjr pero nagkakaiyakan lang kami. But babangon din kami. Para sayo.”
She also thanked Director Adolfo for including her in all his movies dedicated to the late actress.
“Thank you direk for being our classmate’s hero. Sa lahat ng pelikula mong inalay sa kanya, nandoon ako. Salamat! Classmates forever from Mababang Paaralan ni Diegong Akyat!
“Mahal na mahal kita. Hahanap ako ng liptick na pulang-pula. Try ko. Rest now. Mabuhay ka, Anita!” Alessandra concluded.
Here are more industry colleagues who paid their last respect to the late great Anita:
JUAN MIGUEL SEVERO
Rest in peace, Anita Linda. Thank you for the legendary seven decades you devoted to Philippine Cinema.— Juan Miguel Severo 🏳️🌈 (@TheRainBro) June 10, 2020
Anita Linda has passed away this morning at 6:15 AM. She was 95.— Francine Prieto-Shotkoski (@NorWEIRDgian) June 10, 2020
The entertainment industry will miss you. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the arts. Your contributions to the movie and television industries will always be remembered. — CinemaBravo
Bless her soul! Aside fro being a great actress she was also a wonderful human being! 😢— Edu Manzano (@realedumanzano) June 10, 2020
JASON PAUL LAXAMANA
JANUS DEL PRADO
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