Nagluluksa ang Philippine movie industry sa pagpanaw ni Marichu “Manay Ichu" Vera-Perez Maceda.
Binawian siya ng buhay ngayong Lunes ng umaga, September 7, sa edad na 77.
Kinumpirma ng pamilya Maceda ang pamamaalam ni Manay Ichu sa pamamagitan ng isang opisyal na pahayag:
"With great sadness, the Maceda Family announces the passing of our beloved Mother, Maria Azucena “Marichu” Vera-Perez Maceda.
"She succumbed to cardio respiratory failure on September 7, 2020.
"In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to MOWELFUND."
Malaki ang kontribusyon, malasakit, at pagmamahal ni Manay Ichu sa Philippine movie industry."
Hindi lamang movie producer si Manay Ichu dahil isa siya sa mga nagtatag ng Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Movie Workers Welfare Foundation (MOWELFUND), Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), Experimental Cinema of the Philippines (ECP), Philippines Motion Pictures Producers Association (PMPPA), at Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
Siya ay anak ng Sampaguita Pictures producer na si Jose Vera-Perez.
Si Manay Ichu ang maybahay ng yumao na ring former Senator Ernesto Maceda.
Naulila niya ang kanyang mga anak na sina Emmanuel, Ernesto Jr., Erwin, Edmond, at Edward, ang incumbent representative ng 4th District ng Maynila.
Nakahimlay sa kasalukuyan ang labi ni Manay Ichu sa Arlington Memorial Chapels sa Araneta Avenue, Quezon City.
SENATOR GRACE POE REMEMBERS MANAY ICHU
Kaagad bumuhos ang mensahe ng pagdadalamhati at pakikiramay sa mga naulila ni Manay Ichu.
Isa sa mga unang nagbigay-pugay sa pumanaw na movie producer ay si Senator Grace Poe, na kilalang malapit sa pamilya Vera-Perez.
Ang mga magulang ni Senator Grace na sina Susan Roces at ang yumaong si Fernando Poe Jr. ay lumabas sa mga pelikula ng pag-aaring film production ng pamilya ni Manay Ichu, ang Sampaguita Pictures.
Kinilala ni Senator Grace ang kontribusyon ni Manay Ichu sa larangan ng pelikula, at inalala rin niya ang kanyang kabataan kapiling ang namapayapang ina-inahan.
Pahayag niya, "Tita Marichu was a fearless and selfless advocate of artists and the film industry.
"Spanning decades, she devoted herself to promoting and protecting the rights of filmmakers, producers, directors and actors. She was an active member of the Film Academy, the Mowelfund and the MMFF.
"Marichu was a shoulder to cry on for many. A champion of the marginalized and oppressed. An activist with a heart.
"She took care of me in my youth and accompanied me to visit colleges abroad. She also accompanied me and my future husband when we went on dates in San Francisco.
"During that time, Tita Marichu was also in San Francisco, because her son was performing with Kundirana. I remember, she cooked the best pochero, for the whole kundirana choir. She did it because that’s how she was with her children. Thoughtful and supportive.
"Tita Ichu was there for my family, especially during the saddest days when my father passed away.
"She was our constant companion, and she never waivered in her resolve to seek justice for the 2004 elections. She tirelessly collected all documents to prove FPJ’s victory.
"She is a woman of great courage and integrity and compassion. She is the tita everyone wished they had.
"I am one of the lucky ones to have known a woman like Marichu."
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