The local entertainment industry deeply mourns the passing of the two-time FAMAS award-winning and Gawad Urian titlist, the veteran actress Anita Linda this morning, June 10.
Director Adolfo Alix Jr. confirmed the news via Facebook, where he penned a heartfelt tribute to Anita, “This is a very sad day for me. I am trembling as I gather my thoughts… She is like my lola and part of my family.”
He directed some of the actress’ recent works, including several indie films, the prized Adela (2008) and Presa (2010).
Anita, 95, is survived by her children Francesca Legaspi and Fred Osburn. She died at 6:15 AM earlier.
The Filipina acclaimed artist first step into the spotlight when she was still in High School, where she landed the roles for Biyernes sa Quiapo with Jaime dela Rosa, and Aksesorya with Leopoldo Salcedo.
Since then, Anita has become a staple in most Filipino films. In fact, she was hailed Best Actress at the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival, Best Actress by the Young Critics Circle, and Best Actress at the Gawad Tanglaw Awards.
Proving that her talent is timeless, she was the oldest actress to ever win a FAMAS for her role in Ang Babae sa Bubungang Lata for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 74.
Moreover, Anita was recognized by the Film Development Council of the Philippines for valuable contribution in Philippine Cinema scene.
We join the industry in prayers for her soul’s eternal rest.