Veteran actress Amalia Fuentes passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 79.
The news was confirmed by her grandchildren Alfonso, Alyanna and Alissa Martinez in social media posts.
"It is with great sadness that I together with my siblings Alyanna and Alissa, inform you that our Grandmother, Amalia Amador Muhlach has taken her last breath this morning in the Philippines. She is now reunited with her husband Joey Stevens, our mother Anna-Lissa Martinez and her ex-husband, our Lolo Bobby. We have prayed for nothing but peace for her and now she can finally rest. Our family only asks that you respect our privacy during this time and join us in praying for her soul," Alfonso, son of actor Albert Martinez and Amalia's daughter, the late Liezl Martinez, wrote on Facebook.
Alyanna also posted the same message on Instagram then shared a photo of the young Amalia with her daughter Liezl, her child with former husband, actor Romeo "Bobby" Vasquez.
"My beautiful Lola is now reunited with my mama. rest well Lola. I love you so much," Alissa wrote on Instagram.
Albert, meanwhile, posted a photo of his late wife Liezl with Amalia, with just a simple caption: "Amalia Fuentes 1940 - 2019 Rest In Peace."
Fuentes' nephew, actor Niño Muhlach, bid goodbye to his aunt on Facebook, posting a video clip of his son Alonzo serenading her.
"Rest in Peace Tita Nena. We will miss you!" he wrote.
The veteran actress died in her home in New Manila, Quezon City, according to showbiz columnist and talent manager Lolis Solis in an interview on Dobol B sa News TV aired on GMA News TV.
Fuentes suffered a stroke a few years ago.
She has been bedridden for the past two years and was being cared for by a caregiver and a nurse 24/7, Solis said.
The family will release details of the wake as soon as these have been ironed out.
Once named the "Elizabeth Taylor of the Philippines," Fuentes made a number of films starting in the 50s.
Among her movies were Ibulong Mo sa Hangin (1966) and Pag-ibig Mo Buhay Ko (1973) for which she won Best Actress awards from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) and Manila Film Festival, respectively.
Fuentes also became a member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board. —KG, GMA News