Pumanaw na ang ina ni Gary Valenciano na si Grimilda Santiago y Olmo, nitong Huwebes Santo, April 18 (Manila Time).
Binawian ng buhay si Grimilda sa Orlando, Florida, kunsaan siya matagal nang naninirahan. Siya ay 84 years old.
Sa pamamagitan ng Instagram post ni Gary bandang alas-siyete ng umaga, kinumpirma niyang kamakailan lang dinapuan ng sakit na pneumonia, congestive heart failure, at H1n1 Flu ang kanyang inang si Grimilda.
Sa edad nitong 84 ay hindi na raw kinaya ng katawan nitong labanan ang sakit.
Bahagi ng caption ni Gary: "Today at 12:42pm here in Orlando (12:42am in Manila) ...my mom was welcomed home in to the arms of her Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
"I know this may come as a shock for some of you, as she has always been seen as someone with a lot of life to live.
"She was always the life of any gathering, but last week was really tough on her as she had to battle it out against pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and H1n1 flu...all of which came almost at the same time on her 84yr old body.
"I want to thank the few that first became aware of what we were all facing these past few days and sent us encouraging messages of hope.
"Now the news is spreading that Mom, or Tita Grimi, or Mamita to others, has gone home."
Nagluluksa man si Gary, isang heartwarming tribute pa rin ang ibinahagi niya para sa kanyang ina.
Ipinost niya ang video nang mag-guest si Grimilda sa concert niya sa Araneta Coliseum noong 2008.
Nag-duet sila ng Spanish song na "Historia de Un Amor," na pinili ni Grimilda para sa kanyang special number kasama ang Mr. Pure Energy.
"On her 80th birthday 4 years ago these inspiring words were displayed on the reception table of her celebration...
"'Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.'
"Somehow this sums up how she lived...and how she loved.
"Her crazy comments, her jokes, her words of encouragement, her laughter, her habit of standing by the driveway waving goodbye to us until our car turns the corner, are just some of the things we all will miss."
Kasabay nito ay nagpasalamat si Gary sa mga kamag-anak at kaibigang nagpaabot nang pakikiramay sa kanilang pamilya.
"I’m sure my siblings have countless other things to add on to this list.
"But we thank you all...our friends, our neighbors, and most especially our cousins like the Valenciano, Martin and Anson families, who simply always responded to her words and actions of love, by loving her back in your most special of ways.
"A new season in our lives has begun. We now move on, forward to life with mom not being around us...but in us."
Sa huli, sinabi ni Gary na mananatiling malaking inspirasyon sa buhay niya ang kanyang ina.
"It will take some getting used to but I believe if we can practice to love each other the way she loved us, which was always as unconditional as can be, we will get by with more laughter, yes with some tears, with thankfulness, and gratitude for having had her with us for these many years.
"The hue of this picture of our family’s history may look painful and sorrowful...but because we allowed God to be in our midst, He took this event in His hands and turned it into a masterpiece.
"Thank you Jesus...yours is all the glory. And thank You for this most precious and priceless woman who you destined to become our mother."
Si Grimilda ay ipinanganak sa Aracebio, Puerto Rico at may lahing Italian.
Pero noong siya ay 12 years old ay nag-migrate ito sa U.S. kunsaan nakilala nito ang ama ni Gary na si Vicente Valenciano.
Nakilala rin si Grimilda bilang singer-actress sa Philippine-Spanish theater plays dito sa bansa noong 1960s to 1970s.
Base ito sa mga kuwentong minsan nang naibahagi ng misis ni Gary na si Angeli Pangilinan Valenciano sa pamamagitan ng Instagram posts.
Hiwalay na si Grimilda sa unang asawang si Vicente Valenciano.
Kinalaunan ay nakilala at ikinasal si Grimilda sa second husband nitong si Chiquiting Ortiz sa U.S.