"Mama has already come to her Maker where she is safer." This was Harlene Bautista's text message to her friends and colleagues in show business.
Harlene, together with her brothers Herbert and Hero, is now grieving over the death of their mother, Rosario "Baby" Maclang Bautista.
According to www.abs-cbnnews.com, Rosario Bautista, 60, died of heart failure and complications due to diabetes last Monday, March 3, at the De Los Santos Medical Center in Quezon City.
She also suffered from kidney trouble and was undergoing weekly dialysis before she succumbed.
Mrs. Bautista was a very responsible mother to her children, especially in guiding their careers. And to give back to their mom all her hard work for them, the three siblings told ABS-CBN News that they did everything to grant their mother's every wish. Hero even said, "We gave her all what she wanted before she died. We love her so much."
Recalling their last happiest moment with their mom, the birthday party organized for her last year, actor turned politician Herbert said, "I know she's happy because practically everybody was there on her birthday."
Harlene's husband, actor Romnick Sarmienta, described his experience with his mother-in-law. He told ABS-CBN News, "She was very kind. She was like a real mother to me."
Actor-director Herminio "Butch" Bautista stayed by his wife's side until her last breath.
Her remains lay in state at the Arlington Memorial Chapel in Quezon City.