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Aiko, Geneva, And Jennica Mourn The Passing Of Family Members Due To COVID-19
PHOTO BY Instagram/Geneva Cruz, Jennica Garcia, Aiko Melendez
  • Aiko Melendez, Geneva Cruz, and Jennica Garcia are among those who’ve lost their loved ones due to COVID-19. As of April 19, 2021, the death toll has reached 16,048 since the pandemic started more than a year ago.

    Geneva’s Mama Marilyn was her “constant support”

    Geneva Cruz’s mother Marilyn passed away also on April 19. On that same day, the singer shared the sad news on Instagram. She said in the caption, “With hearts broken and full of sorrow, our family would like to let you know that our Mom, Marilyn Cruz, is now in heaven.”

    She added, “We will forever remember each of you who prayed and helped in whatever way you can. She is gone too soon, and no one can ever replace her in our hearts. See you on the other side, Mama.”

    Geneva, who’s a mom herself to two kids, said in her earlier post that her Mama Marilyn had hypertension and diabetes, “that’s why she’s been hit a bit hard.” She also described her mother as the one “who raised me, supported me, and has been the best grandma to my children.”


    In another post, Geneva announced that her mother was “not anymore in critical care” and had “more energy compared to two nights ago.”

    A few days later, though, Mama Marilyn’s condition faltered, making Geneva wonder in despair, “How can she not be okay today when she was okay yesterday?! I don’t understand this!!! She’s supposed to be getting better.”

    Geneva eventually lost her mother and had this to say: “Mama, I’m not sure how to live my life without you. You’ve been my constant support physically and emotionally since I was a child and nonstop for the last seven years; I’m not sure I can function without you.

    “We may not have romantic partners, but we had each other. I depend on you so much. I don’t know what to do. I love you, mama. Please help me be strong.”

    Jennica’s Lola Sandra told “the BEST stories”

    On March 31, Jennica Garcia posted a pair of photos with her grandmother with a heartfelt message. She said, “Lola, I still have so many questions. Lola, this month of March is so difficult for me.”

    She went on narrating what her grandmother went through: “I know you tried your best to beat COVID and I want to say that I am happy still because you are now next to Christ but Lola it’s so hard. I want to spend more time with you. I am in disbelief that I lost you to COVID.

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    “Sobrang lakas mo pa, Lola. You are only 70 years old. My heart is in so much pain for losing you. I will miss your stories about faeries and duwendes.

    "I remember how you sighed when you realized I was a big girl already and is no longer interested in the world of fairytales and I remember your joy when I was already an adult and brought you precious stones because it opened the doors again for your many stories of the wonders of the unknown.

    “I would listen to you with my kids, their mouths wide open. You tell the BEST stories Lola. You had a one of a kind childhood and you are the person that I know to be most in touch with your intuition.

    "I love you so much, Lola. Please watch over me and my children from heaven. Please remember that we always NEED you…”


    Two days later, Jennica’s mother and fellow actress Jean Garcia wrote her own eulogy for their dearly departed. Jean’s manager Manny Valera told PEP.ph that the actress’s mother Sandra Panganiban Garcia tested positive to COVID-19 when admitted to a hospital in San Juan in late March. 

    Aiko considers her stepdad Dan as “my one and only Daddy”

    When Aiko Melendez’s U.S.-based stepfather Dan Castaneda passed away on February 21 (Manila time), the actress paid tribute through a series of Instagram posts on that day.

    She said, “Dad, you will always be here for me and my kids…You will be missed…Till we meet again.” And then, she admitted being helpless, saying in the caption, “How??? Help me, Dad.”

    The following day, Aiko wrote a lengthy and emotional post, which she called “an open letter to myself.”

    She narrated that she was about six years old when her mother Elsie married her stepfather Dan, that’s why “basically more than half of my life he was the father I never had.” Her biological father is the late actor Jimi Melendez.


    Aiko described her Daddy Dan as a “selfless man” and “too good with everyone around him.” She added that her stepfather “wants us all to take COVID-19 seriously” and “to be extra careful with the people we mingle with kahit pa kaibigan mo ’yan.”

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