Condolences pour in for Mega Magazine founder Sari Yap

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) — Messages of condolences poured in for Mega Magazine founder Sari Yap, who succumbed to cancer early Monday.

Yap's death was confirmed by Mega Magazine in a Facebook post.

"Just as the heavens are draped in an overcast of gray, with rains threatening to fall as if it were tears above, it is with a heavy heart we mourn the passing of our founder and guiding light, Sari Yap, who peacefully joined our creator at 2:07 AM today, in the presence of her family who survives her," it said.

Some personalities took to social media to pay tribute to Yap.

On Twitter, television host and actress Anne Curtis, who had graced the covers of the magazine several times, said she "will always treasure the memories we made in South America for Making Mega together."

TV host Bianca Gonzales shared on Instagram her experience working with Yap. Gonzales once led teen-oriented magazine Meg.

"Thank you for everything you taught me and my whole team, Sari. For all your ahead-of-its-time insights, for all the disagreements and sermons, for sharing your wisdom, and most of all for believing in me. Today is truly a sad day. Rest in love," she said.

In a Facebook post, TV host and socialite Tim Yap also expressed his grief over Sari's death. He described Sari as a friend who is "always open... the most honest, and always reaches out to help."

Tim also shared his last meeting with Sari.

He said Sari "was given 3 months to live but ended up battling cancer for 3-4 years."

"A true fighter, indeed you are Sari... And while her body was battling the big C, she continued to heal others with her strength, her determination and her faith," he said.

Sari founded Mega Magazine, considered to be the country's top fashion magazine, after finishing her post-graduate study in Spain. The magazine then grew to become One Mega Group, which currently operates different media brands such as MEGA, Lifestyle Asia, TRAVEL, MEG, MyHome, BluPrint, Condo Living, Appetite, Inside Showbiz, and Celebrity Mom