OUR deepest condolences to the family of Clarita Villarba Rivera, better known by her screen name, Mila del Sol, who passed away recently. She is the aunt of my friend Lolly Rivera-Acosta, being the younger sister of Lolly’s dad Angel Rivera.
Mila del Sol’s son, Sonny Tambunting, announced her passing recently.
Following is a statement from Mila del Sol’s grandson, former Parañaque Rep. Gus Tambunting (through Parañaque Rep. Joy Tambunting – 2nd District, Parañaque City) and in behalf of the whole clan:
“It is with a heavy heart that I share that my beloved grandmother, Ms. Mila del Sol, our Lulay, ang Reyna ng Pinilakang-Tabing, passed away this morning (Nov. 10) at 1:10 a.m. She was 97 years old. She passed away in the home of her eldest son and my father, Sonny Tambunting.
Though we mourn her passing, we are comforted in knowing that the one who called her from this life, our Lord, loves her more than we could ever love her. She has returned home.
It has been an honor and privilege to carry the legacy of Lulay. With the simple goal of buying her mother a pair of slippers and through the grace of our Lord, Lola Mila rose from the poverty of her younger years to become the queen of the Golden Age of Philippine Cinema.
She went on to star in over 40 feature films. Being the link of the pre-war and the post-war era, Lola’s contributions to laying down the foundations of Philippine cinema has allowed her to be recognized as a true cornerstone of the industry. Before her passing, she was the only living movie star from the Golden Age of Philippine Cinema in the 1930s and 1940s.
Her deep love for her family and her desire to serve those who made her a big movie star sparked the formation of Mila del Sol’s Superior Maintenance Service – the biggest janitorial firm in the country today which is entering its 56th year.
More than anything, Lulay was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. Lulay loved her six children, two of whom have already gone ahead of us, 17 grandchildren, and more than 30 great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
She is survived by her four children, Sonny Tambunting, former TV host Jeanne Young , Ancel Romero and Leo Romero.
Nakita niya ang limang henerasyon ng kanyang pamilya – ang kanyang henerasyon, ang kanyang mga anak, ang kanyang mga apo, ang kanyang mga apo sa tuhod, at ang kanyang mga apo sa talampakan. She was blessed to live a long life, a life well lived, and a life full of love. She lived a blessed and charmed life.
All of us will forever be indebted to Lulay. Our family will surely miss Lulay’s love and affection. Throughout her life, she continued to impart wisdom and spread her zest for life to those closest to her, because she was truly an image of beauty both inside and out, both on and off screen.
Isa sa pinakamalaking karangalan ko ay maging panganay na apo ng aking Lulay na si Mila del Sol. Hindi lang siya isang magaling na artista na nagpasaya sa ilang henerasyon at isang magaling na negosyante na nakapagbigay ng libo-libong trabaho sa ating mga kababayan.
Ang mas mahalaga dito, para sa amin, ay siya ay naging isang mapagmahal na anak, kapatid, ina at lola. She loved us and taught us how to love each other. We love you Lulay and we will miss you dearly.
Our family asks for your prayers for the eternal repose of Lola Mila’s soul. As we observe the health protocols, we ask our friends to give us the opportunity to grieve in private. Maraming Salamat po.”
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