Elizabeth Ramsey still manages to entertain the crowd at 83 during her final television appearance. Photo: ABS-CBN
MANILA - If one were to describe the final appearance of the late Elizabeth Ramsey on ABS-CBN in a word, that would likely be "laughter."
Last May 10, the 83-year-old Ramsey was a surprise guest during one of the episodes of the first season of the hit celebrity competition "Your Face Sounds Familiar."
It is not the perfect swan song by any means, but it was enough to remind Filipinos of their undying love for the country's "Queen of Rock & Roll."
"Ang inaasahan ko ngayong gabi ay ang bayad ko," she quipped after her electric performance of Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" delighted the studio audience.
"Biruin mo mag-guest ka pa eh 83 ka na. Pag-83 ka na humihingal ka na eh," she added.
Ramsey further proved that she hasn't lost any of her comedic touch when she traded banter with host Billy Crawford, who commended that she looked much younger than her age.
"Binabayaran na ako ng company dito, binola mo pa ako. Eh baka may gusto ka?" she replied.
One of her quips, however, appeared to have caught Crawford off guard. After welcoming her with a bouquet of flowers and greeting her a happy Mother's Day, Ramsey said: "Bakit mamamatay na ba ako?"
To which Crawford quickly replied: "Hindi, happy Mother's Day po. Bulaklak po para sa inyo."
Elizabeth Ramsey exchange a few jokes with host Billy Crawford. Photo: ABS-CBN
The May 10 episode turned out to be the perfect tribute to Ramsey when comedian Melai Cantiveros took to the stage with one of the best performances of the season.
"Usually whenever we see the performances, nagsusulat kami ng notes. But this time, wala akong naisulat kasi I don't want to miss any minute, any second of your performance. That performance was spotless," said singer Jed Madela.
The 27-year-old Cantiveros sang Ramsey's "Waray, Waray" dressed as the veteran performer. It earned her a first win of the season, which helped her on her way to becoming grand champion.
Elizabeth Ramsey praises Melai Cantiveros for her impersonation of her. Photo: ABS-CBN
Singers pay tribute
As news broke of Ramsey's death, several singers took to their social media accounts to express their condolences.
It included Broadway star Lea Salonga, singer Rhap Salazar, former beauty queen Miriam Quiambao, actor Derek Ramsay, and Leah Navarro.
"I am so saddened to find out that Elizabeth Ramsey passed away. She was such a wonderful human being with so much love. RIP," wrote Ramsay.