|Actress Ara Mina with her late grandfather, former Quezon City Mayor Ismael "Mel" Mathay Jr. Photo from Ara Mina's Instagram account
MANILA – Actress Ara Mina was in "deep shock" after learning about the passing of her grandfather, former Quezon City mayor Ismael "Mel" Mathay Jr., on Christmas Day.
Sought for a statement after the news broke, Mina said: “I'm just in deep shock right now, can't find the right words to express how I really feel sa nangyari. Last night, I was just having so much fun with my Reyes family, then this morning I received this bad news.”
“Christmas is supposed to be celebrated with loved ones, and I can't do it now with my Mathay family as my lolo just passed away,” she added.
“I can't believe that every Christmas, this will be remembered. Such a sad Christmas memory.”
She also posted a picture of them on Instagram with the caption: “Today heaven has gained another angel. I will treasure the memories I have of you. You were one in a million, a great leader and most importantly the greatest loving, and caring grandfather to all of us. Thank you for all the love. We love you lolo! We will truly miss you.”
Mathay died after suffering a heart attack, according to his brother, Simplicio Mathay. He was rushed to Medical City but was declared dead on arrival at around 9 a.m.
Mathay's son, Chuck, said his father complained of feeling cold Wednesday morning before passing out.
The wake for Mathay will be held at the Christ the King Parish in Greenmeadows Avenue, Quezon City.
Mathay served as Quezon City mayor from 1992 to 2001. He also previously served as vice-governor of the Metro Manila Commission, the body that implements the vision of then First Lady Imelda Marcos.