Ama Quiambao dies at 65

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Posted at Jul 06 2013 04:50 PM | Updated as of Jul 07 2013 12:50 AM

Ama Quiambao -- File photo

MANILA, Philippines -- Veteran actress Ama Quiambao, who is know for her roles in the films "Himala" and "Diablo," passed away on Friday night. She was 65.

Quiambao died at 8:09 p.m. Friday, according to her younger sister Lui Quiambao-Manansala.

"She was surrounded by all members of her family and close relatives. Let us pray for the eternal rest of her soul... Let us all remember Ama with fondness as a colleague, a mentor and a friend," Lui said in a post on Facebook.

The veteran actress' wake, Lui added, will be held at Arlington Memorial Chapels in Quezon City.

Quiambao suffered from a heart attack last week during the premiere "Pamamanhikan," one of the plays in the ongoing Virgin Labfest.

A theater actress until her first film role in the Ishmael Bernal classic "Himala" in 1982, Quiambo went on to star in several other movies.

Last year, Quiambao won her first Best Actress award for her part in Mes de Guzman's "Diablo," an entry to the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.