MANILA -- (UPDATE 2) Veteran actor Domingo “Menggie” Cobarrubias passed away Thursday morning, his wife said in a Facebook post.
“Goodbye my love. Thank you for 30 wonderful years. I love you. Dear God please give me the strength to be able to face this very difficult moment of my life,” Cobarrubias’ wife Gina Jorge Cobarrubias confirmed.
“Thank you everyone for the immense love and support. Marami talagang nagmamahal sa asawa ko,” she added in another post.
The actor’s wife did not mention the cause of death of her husband.
However, Cobarrubias' niece Patricia Prudon earlier revealed on Facebook that their family has yet to get confirmation if her uncle died of COVID-19. In the same post which has already been deleted as of writing, Prudon said Cobarrubias passed away due to complications from pneumonia.
According to an entry by Romulo Joey Baquiran about Cobarrubias at the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, the veteran actor began his career in theater as Guronggurong in "The Heart of Emptiness is Black" (1974).
He then went on to star in numerous stage productions such as "Ang Bundok" (1976); "Pagbibinyag sa Apoy at Dugo" (1975 and 1985); "Dapithapon"; "Sakada"( 1975); "Pitong Taon"; "The Boys in the Band" (1977); "Batibot" (1980); "Ang Kismet" (1981); "A Hatful of Rain"; "Refuge and Strength (2000); "The Forsaken House"; "Ang Tagak"; "Isa Pang Soap Opera" (2012); and "Ang Dukesa ng Malfi” (2013).
On television and in the big screen, Cobarrubias appeared in over 100 productions, including "Sakada" (1976); "Jaguar" (1979); "Angela Markado" (1980); "Mga Uod at Rosas" (1982); "Soltero" (1984); "Orapronobis" (1989); "Sabado Nights" (1996); "Hiling" (1997); "Deathrow" (2000); and "Mano Po" (2002).
Meanwhile, among Cobarrubias’ last projects with the Kapamilya network were “Make It with You” and “Last Fool Show.”
Following his demise, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and its family of artists mourn his death.
“Paalam, Menggie. We send our love and sympathy to Menggie's family and loved ones. To fellow artists and cultural workers, when all this is over and when we can embrace each other again we will gather to remember and celebrate Menggie's life,” the CCP said in a statement.
(Ed's Note: An earlier version of this story said the veteran actor died of COVID-19, which was based on a post by his niece, Patricia Prudon, which has since been deleted. We apologize for the confusion.)