Marky Cielo became a
household name when he won the Sole Survivor title in StarStruck: The Nationwide Invasion (2006). He made a mark in
showbiz with his superb dancing skills.
The news about his
death yesterday, December 7, shocked the Kapuso fans. He was young, optimistic,
and had a promising career ahead of him.
To the people of
Mountain Province, he was a ray of sunshine. In a world dominated by artista with mestizo features, it was
refreshing to see a probinsiyano who was proud of his Igorot roots. When Marky
emerged as the biggest winner in GMA-7's reality-based artista search, the
Cordillera region rejoiced.
To his colleagues,
his cheery attitude was contagious. In the tribute of SiS, Glaiza de Castro, Marky's leading lady in about five
television projects, noted his "kakulitan" and how sincerely he supported her. Lovi Po,
Marky's love interest in La Lola,
recounted the young actor's funny antics. Benjie Paras, who got to work with
Marky in BoysNxtDoor, described him
as "mabait na bata."
To his fellow StarStruck graduates—Mark Herras,
Rainer Castillo, Yasmien Kurdi, Ryza Cenon, Mike Tan, Aljur Abrenica, and Mart
Escudero—he was a "true friend" and a "brother."
To his fans, he
was an "inspiration." The guy just wanted to try what it is like to lead a
"buhay artista," and he did for more than two years. He became Zaido Green to
the kids. He was also Eric Valderama, his role in Kaputol ng Isang Awit, to 20-something viewers. He played different
roles in about 18 television projects, and before he could establish his name
as an actor, death claimed him.
The real cause is hazy at this point. His family said he
died while he was sleeping. But the Antipolo Doctor's Hospital cited the reason as "confidential."
Some showbiz insiders speculate that it was suicide. Others go as far as
saying, "It was prompted by love."
But what cannot be refuted is the fact that Marky Cielo touched our lives in one way or another. His favorite quote, which was posted in his igma.tv profile, sums up how he led
his life: "Just always give your best, grab all the chances ‘cause you'll never
know if it'll be your last."
To recount his brief but colorful years in showbiz, view the GALLERY.