Tuesday, January 12, 2016

RIP David, Kuya Germs, Susan and Natalie

2016 has just started but even in this short period of time, the country and the world says goodbye to some very influential people:

David Bowie, the legendary artist known primarily for his music, succumbed to cancer just two days after turning 69. He had just released his album, Blackstar, on his birthday and people feel that this was a parting gift to his fans (and the world) since he knew he didn't have too long to live, as he had been battling liver cancer for 18 months already. While he was a prolific singer/songwriter and is known for songs like Let's Dance and Heroes, my favorite is his collaboration with Queen: Under Pressure.

German "Kuya Germs" Moreno passed away at the age of 82 last Friday, January 8, due to cardiac arrest. Kuya Germs was an icon and an institution in the Philippine showbiz industry as he paved the way for many stars to build their careers through shows like GMA Supershow and That's Entertainment. In more recent years, he became famous for his tagline "Walang Tulugan" in the late night show Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman.

Susan Calo Medina is known by many for hosting the local TV show Travel Time. This show has been on air for the last 27 years, making it the longest-running travel show in the country, and also the most awarded. She died of a heart attack on Thursday, January 7. She was 73.

And just one day before new year, singer Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat King Cole, passed away from congestive heart failure. A nine-time Grammy Award winner, she is known by many for songs like Inseparable, Someone that I used to love, Miss you like crazy, Starting over again, and her "Unforgettable" duet with her father.

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