Tributes pour in as industry mourns passing away of ‘icon’ Eddie Garcia

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) — Tributes poured in Thursday as the nation, especially the entertainment industry, mourned the passing away of film and television legend Eddie Garcia.

Garcia, who was in comatose for days, passed away Thursday at 4:55 p.m. due to complications from a neck fracture. He was 90.

Speaking to CNN Philippines, veteran actress Gloria Romero paid tribute to her friend and colleague, saying the industry lost an “icon.”

“We lost a very good actor, a director, an icon. Napakasipag niya po. Masyadong mahal niya ang industry,” the award-winning actress told CNN Philippines’ News Night.

[Translation: We lost a very good actor, a director, an icon. He was very hardworking. He really loved the industry.]

“He's never late on the set,” The 85-year-old actress noted. “He loves what he's doing. The industry is going to miss him for sure.”

Romero and Garcia starred in the 2018 romantic drama film “Rainbow’s Sunset.”

Garcia’s fans, fellow artists, and netizens also paid tribute to “Manoy.”

Even Vice President Leni Robredo expressed her grief over the veteran actor's passing.

"Lubos akong nakikiramay sa pamilya at mahal sa buhay ng isang kapwa taga-Bicol, si Manoy Eddie Garcia, isa sa ating haligi ng industriya ng telebisyon at pelikula," she said in a tweet.

[Translation: I extend my condolences to the family and the loved ones of a fellow Bicolano, Manoy Eddie Garcia, a pillar of the film and television industry.]

Senator Tito Sotto, also an actor, reminisced how Garcia was active in the late action king Fernando Poe Jr.'s presidential bid in 2004

"I'm suddenly reminded of our 2004 campaign. As FPJ was onstage, Manoy Eddie would creep in and make the crowd more jubilant. Ronnie will now see him as he creeps into Heaven and meet his old buddy." he said in a message.

Alam ko sa sabihin ni Ronnie sa kanya... 'Bakit ang tagal mo sumunod?'" Sotto added.

[Translation: I know what Ronnie will tell him, 'Why didn't you follow me faster?'"]

Poe's daughter, Senator Grace Poe, also posted a tribute to Garcia on Facebook, saying she would miss the actor dearly.

Other politicians, including outgoing Senator JV Ejercito, and Manila City Mayor-elect Isko Moreno, also took time to remember the screen legend.

“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,” Moreno said in a statement.

[Translation: As a former member of the Filipino film industry, he was a huge inspiration because of his talent and intelligence in his craft. We salute you for the greatness you have shared with this industry.]