MANILA — The world of Philippine showbiz mourned on Thursday the passing of Eddie Garcia, a screen icon and director whose career spanned 70 years.
Colleagues and friends of Garcia took to social media to remember and pay tribute to the veteran actor. Here are some of them, including their respective messages:
Sen. Grace Poe, the daughter of screen veteran Susan Roces and the late film icon Fernando Poe, Jr. or FPJ. The two were contemporaries and close friends of Garcia.
Vice Ganda, the comedy superstar who shared the big screen with Garcia in the 2014 film “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin.”
Heart Evangelista, who co-starred with Garcia in the 2012 TV drama “Legacy.”
Jun Robles Lana, the director of Garcia’s 2012 comedy-drama film “Bwakaw,” about a gay man who comes out of the closet in his twilight years.
Juan Miguel Severo, who wrote Garcia’s last film “Hintayan ng Langit,” about elderly ex-partners (with Gina Pareno) who meet in purgatory.
"'Di gaya ng sa pelikula namin ang paniniwala ni Tito Eddie sa kabilang buhay. Sabi niya noon, sa tingin niya, kapag wala ka na ay wala nang kasunod. Wala rin siyang pakialam kung maaalala ba siya ng mga naiwan o hindi. Siguro ang kasunod, Tito Eddie, ay pagdiriwang sa buhay na ipinahiram mo sa lahat ng ginampanang papel. Ang kasunod ay alaala ng industriya at tagasubaybay na iniwan. At hangga’t may nanonood ng ‘yong mga pelikula, sa amin, hindi ka magwawakas. Maraming salamat sa natatanging ambag, Tito Eddie. Pag-ibig namin, kapantay ay langit."
Dan Villegas, the director of “Hintayan ng Langit.”
Dimples Romana, who co-starred with Garcia in the Christmas-theme miniseries “The Gift Giver” in 2014.
Jodi Sta. Maria, who starred alongside Garcia in the 2005 film “Birhen ng Manaoag.”
Film director Joel Lamangan
“He is a great actor. He is the epitome of the word professionalism.”
Eric Ramos, who wrote “Rainbow’s Sunset,” the acclaimed 2018 film that starred Garcia as an elderly gay man who comes out at age 84 to his children.
“He was the epitome of professionalism. He was all praises for the script of ‘Rainbow’s Sunset.’ He told me it was one of the best scripts that he had come across in his whole career.”
Paulo Avelino, who co-starred with Garcia in 2014 primetime drama “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon.”
Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, who shared the screen with Garcia in the 2006 film “Till I Met You.”
Actress Anne Curtis
Actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith
Michelle Vito, who appeared alongside Garcia in the 2014 primetime drama “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon.”
Isko Moreno, Manila Mayor-elect and former actor
"Ipinapaabot ko po ang lubos kong pakikiramay sa pagpanaw ng dekalibreng aktor na si Eddie Garcia. Bilang dating miyembro ng industriya ng pelikulang Pilipino, isa po siyang malaking inspirasyon sa lahat, dala ng kanyang mahusay na talento at talino sa larangan na ito. Saludo po kami sa galing na ipinamalas niya sa industriyang ito. We will surely miss you, Manoy. Marami pong salamat sa lahat. Rest in peace po."
Actor Gerald Anderson
Zsa Zsa Padilla, who co-starred with Garcia in a number films and who had been a close friend of the screen icon. Padilla’s former long-time partner was the late Dolphy, Garcia’s contemporary in showbiz.
Singer Ogie Alcasid
Liza Dino-Seguerra, chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines
Bibeth Orteza, writer-director and a close friend of Garcia.