Pumanaw na si Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta, ang ina ng Megastar na si Sharon Cuneta at lola ng actress-TV host na si KC Concepcion.
Si KC mismo ang nag-anunsiyo ng pagpanaw ng kanyang Mita—ang tawag niya sa kanyang Lola Elaine—sa pamamgitan ng kanyang Twitter account ngayong hapon, November 5.
Hi. I just lost the love of my life today. My Mita will forever be the BEST GRANDMA EVER. She will forever be with me. I love you, my Mita.— KC Concepcion (@kc_concepcion) November 5, 2014
My grandma will forever be my inspiration. She loved life, gave us all beautiful adventures. She knew me more than I knew myself. #SuperLola— KC Concepcion (@kc_concepcion) November 5, 2014
Bago ito ay humingi ng dasal ni KC sa kanyang followers dahil sasailalim daw ang kanyang lola sa isang “make-or-break situation.”
Hi pls send ur prayers up for my grandma. She’s in a make-or-break situation with an operation she has to undergo this morning. Love u all x— KC Concepcion (@kc_concepcion) November 4, 2014
Ilang minuto lamang ang nakalipas ay nag-post si KC sa kanyang Instagram account ng larawan ng kanyang Lola Elaine, kung saan sinabi nitong ang kanyang lola ang kanyang “sunshine.”
Si Elaine, 79, ay dating beauty queen, singer, at actress.
May dalawa siyang anak sa yumaong Pasay City mayor na si Pablo Cuneta—sina Chet at Sharon.
Siya ay kapatid din ng veteran actress na si Helen Gamboa-Sotto.
Nakatakdang iburol ang mga labi ni Mommy Elaine sa Santuario de San Antonio, sa Forbes Park, Makati City, simula ngayong gabi.
“I WILL MISS HER.” Noong Lunes, November 3, sa Kris TV ng ABS-CBN, naiyak si KC nang mapag-usapan ang tungkol sa Pasko.
Naisip daw kasi ng Kapamilya star ang kanyang Mita na dalawang buwan nang nasa ospital.
Aniya, “I miss her. Usually siya talaga ang nag-aayos ng decorations sa bahay at saka pinaplano na niya kung ano yung lulutuin, so nakaka-miss.
“Alam kong she’s really struggling, na fighting talaga to be well.
"She’s doing so well talaga. I love you so much, Mita."
SHARON’S LONG FACEBOOK POST. Noon namang September 28, may mahabang Facebook post si Sharon tungkol sa pag-aalala niya sa ina.
Aniya, "I know I’ve been away for a while. Sorry. So much has been happening all at the same time. Am overwhelmed (nanaman). Am tired. And my brother called me the other night to tell me to not talk but to listen to him first. He said he was worried about me and my heart (yes, my dear heart.).
"And that I should think of myself first and of my children and that I’ve been such a good daughter and prayed all I could, done all I could...And that it is all really in God’s hands now. I had to breathe. Am not done exhaling yet.
"Mom had surgery yesterday (Friday, actually) -- they had to put a hole in her throat so she could breathe and that darn tube she hated so much could finally be removed - well, from her mouth at least.
"Now there’s one in that hole in her throat! Haaayyy... She developed an infection and the cause was bacteria that had grown in said darn tube, as well as in her stent! She had fever for 48 hours before her operation.
"Before that, they tried removing the tube after weaning her from it slowly, letting her breathe on her own and watching if she could do so without difficulty. Unfortunately, whenever they tried, her heart rate went up... there was so much stress and I guess she was a bit scared...
"Hence, the "traecheotomy" (Now I know that cannot be the right word or spelling!). I couldn’t see her today. I was soooooooooooooo stressed na myself. Our family will go to her tomorrow (later). I hope that she’ll be awake so I could see her eyes and her smile again.
"But the good news is that -- ay wait pala -- this is one thing that has been contributing to my rising stress levels in a major way: you just never know, because one day it’s good news, the next, it isn’t... Haaayyy nanaman... -- her nurse said that yesterday, when Mommy woke up from her operation, she seemed to be feeling better na. But that masungit na and angry na siya because she really is not used to being cooped up in a tiny room in the MICU of a hospital... Plus her doctors have put a limit on the frequency of visits and number of her visitors. She must be hating that so much. She hates being alone. She loves getting dresed up and made up and hanging out with her sisters or friends or us. I hate it too -- knowing that she hates her present situation. I both want to go to her often and do not.
"When I spoke to her doctor after yesterday’s procedure, I just ’gave.’ Started crying and didn’t expect that there would be so many tears... Especially since he gave me good news naman. I am just really so, so tired -- physically (like there’s an alien growing inside of me and if it grows a bit more, it’ll make me explode as it comes out of me! Ngee..!) because I am so nerbiosa now and get gulat so easily. Always scared and not feeling like myself. I don’t even look at my phone for fear that I will see a message from her nurse and it won’t be good. Then I am tired mentally -- because no matter where I am and what I am doing, even if it is a happy moment I am enjoying, my mind veers towards my Mommy. Usually worrying about her. And then, emotionally, I am just drained. Because -- well, I seem to have an oversupply of emotions! So they go either way -- extremely high up there (!) when happy but extremely low down here (?) also when sad! Maryosep. Talagang when it rains, it pours. Parang I’m forever holding my breath?
"I pray that my prayers are answered soon... I pray that...my "surprises" -- including -- and BEST of all -- the TWO major surprises I am "preparing" (for) come sooner that expected!
"Please, please may I ask you to keep praying for my Mommy? We’ve been kind of "touch and go." It’s that dang rollercoaster ride again. At least it doesn’t seem as bad as the first time when my world almost turned upside down because I thought I was losing her! But still... Please help us pray for her recovery...She needs to be home with us...
"Thanks again so much, everyone. Hope everything somehow goes back to normal soon (me also)... And I hope you are all well!"