Veteran actress Armida Siguion-Reyna dies at 88

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 11) — Veteran singer-actress Armida Siguion-Reyna passed away on Monday. She was 88.

The news was confirmed by her half-brother, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, in his radio program on Radyo Inquirer.

Enrile said the actress suffered from pneumonia and had colon problems.

In a statement, Enrile said he and the rest of his siblings were saddened by their sister's death.

"Malungkot ako at malungkot kaming lahat ng mga kapatid ko sa pagpanaw ni Armida. Ikinalulungkot ko na siya'y nagkasakit at bagamat ginamot ay pumanaw pa rin. Parati ko siyang binibisita. Sa kabila nito, masaya na rin ako na makakapagpahinga siya," he said.

[Translation: I and my siblings are saddened by Armida's passing. I am sad that she got sick and despite having undergone treatment, still passed away. I always visited her. In spite of this, I am happy that she is now resting.]

Enrile said he was proud of Siguion-Reyna's decision to enter show business where she made great contributions.

"Malaki ang kanyang naging kontribusyon sa larangan ng showbiz at isinulong niya ang wika natin sa kanyang mga kanta. Ipinagmamalaki ko na naging tanyag siya," he said.

[Translation: She made great contributions to showbiz and promoted our language in her songs. I am proud of her success.]

Enrile urged Filipinos, specially the young, to remember his sister.

Siguion-Reyna's family still has to issue an official statement.

The actress was best known for her musical television show Aawitan Kita decades ago.  She also served as chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.