Palace saddened by death of ex-MTRCB chief Armida Siguion-Reyna
By Prince Golez
Malacanang has expressed its condolences on the death of former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board chief Armida Siguion-Reyna.
Suigion-Reyna, also a veteran singer-actress, passed away at 88 due to cancer.
“The entertainment world has lost one of its pillars. The Philippines, particularly the music, television, and film industries had been immense in terms of the contributions of the late Armida Sigiuion-Reyna,” spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
In a media briefing, Panelo cited her notable accomplishments such as the self-produced musical TV show “Aawitan Kita” that aired for more than three decades, as well as her numerous kundiman classics.
“Now if you look at her biography, fear was not in her vocabulary. And, if you have witnessed how this woman faced her detractors as well as her critics, immediately you will know that this woman was one who had an independent mind of her own and a principled citizen at that,” according to him.
Siguion-Reyna, he added, had demonstrated this kind of character all throughout her career as chairwoman of the MTRCB where she defended artistic liberties in cinema.
Panelo concluded that the “Anak-Dalita” singer’s voice, whether singing kundimans or advocating free expression, will be missed.