Marky Cielo became ahousehold name when he won the Sole Survivor title in StarStruck: The Nationwide Invasion (2006). He made a mark inshowbiz with his superb dancing skills.
The news about hisdeath yesterday, December 7, shocked the Kapuso fans. He was young, optimistic,and had a promising career ahead of him.
To the people ofMountain Province, he was a ray of sunshine. In a world dominated by artista with mestizo features, it wasrefreshing to see a probinsiyano who was proud of his Igorot roots. When Markyemerged as the biggest winner in GMA-7's reality-based artista search, theCordillera region rejoiced.
To his colleagues,his cheery attitude was contagious. In the tribute of SiS, Glaiza de Castro, Marky's leading lady in about fivetelevision 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 withMarky in BoysNxtDoor, described himas "mabait na bata."
To his fellow StarStruck graduates—Mark Herras,Rainer Castillo, Yasmien Kurdi, Ryza Cenon, Mike Tan, Aljur Abrenica, and MartEscudero—he was a "true friend" and a "brother."
To his fans, hewas 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 tothe kids. He was also Eric Valderama, his role in Kaputol ng Isang Awit, to 20-something viewers. He played differentroles in about 18 television projects, and before he could establish his nameas an actor, death claimed him.
The real cause is hazy at this point. His family said hedied 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 assaying, "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 ledhis life: "Just always give your best, grab all the chances ‘cause you'll neverknow if it'll be your last."
To recount his brief but colorful years in showbiz, view the GALLERY.