Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Actress Zorayda Sanchez is dead

One of the better comediennes I know. I used to see her sa may Crossing (Mandaluyong). Plain looking and very down to earth. She didn’t want to be recognized. Nag je jeep lang cya going somewhere.

I must commend her sa pagapapalaki nya sa anak nya who is now a medical student at UP (UP, really rocks!). She singlehandedly raised her child well while doing some writing, acting and teaching jobs. I wish I’ve known her personally.

My condolences to her family. She’s in a better place now.

Reports reaching say that veteran comedian, actress and writer Zorayda Sanchez has passed away.

One report said that Sanchez had been suffering from breast cancer for some time. Her wake is reportedly being held in Angono, Rizal.

Sanchez became a popular comic icon in the 1980s when she became a mainstay in the TV gag show "Goin' Bananas" which starred actors Christopher de Leon, Johnny Delgado, Jay Ilagan, Edgar Mortiz and Al Tantay.

Sanchez along with another comedian, Whitney Tyson, became household names as the gags emphasized their unconventional looks--Sanchez for her facial features and Tyson for her dark skin.

Sanchez was also a writer, stage actress and university professor. She also starred in several movies, mostly comedies, including the iconic "Bagets" movie where she played a teacher.

Her film credits include: "Feel na feel" (1990); "Hotdog" (1990); Tiyanak (1988); Petrang Kabayo at ang Pilyang Kuting (1988); "Bakit kinagat ni Adan ang mansanas ni Eba" (1988); Ready, Aim, Fire (1987); Takot ako eh! (1987); Working Girls 2 (1987); and Bagets (1984).


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