Singer-activist Susan Fernandez succumbs to cancer


Susan Fernandez, known as the Nightingale of progressive political circles, passed away today at the Medical City hospital in Pasig City. She was 52.


The voice of the "Nightingale" will be heard no more.



At 1:50 p.m. today, July 2, singer Susan Fernandez passed away at the Medical City hospital in Pasig City. She was 52.



PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) received a text message detailing the last moments of the singer. "Hinintay lang ni Susan si Lester [Demetillo, a fellow singer]. When he sang 'Both Sides Now,' her heartbeat was 70. Nang second stanza, bumagsak sa 18, then 0. She's at peace now, our dear friend Susan Fernandez."



The lovely singer—who was also a sociology professor, an activist, and an advocate of women's issues—was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March 2008. Since then, numerous benefit concerts have been staged for the well-loved Susan by various cause-oriented groups.



Susan was given a tribute during the Ako Mismo concert held last June 12 at The Fort Open Grounds, Taguig City. She is hailed as a pioneer in Filipino alternative music and dubbed as the Nightingale of the Philippine progressive political movement.


She is survived by her estranged husband Alexander Magno and their children Kalayaan and Sandino. She left behind Habi at Himig, a CD released independently in 1990, which was made up of original Pilipino songs, including the feminist anthem "Babae Ka."


Her ashes will be at the Christ the King Church in Greenmeadows starting noontime tomorrow, July 3, until noontime this Sunday, July 5.


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