Pumanaw na ang philanthropist, actress, writer, theater production at costume designer na si Celia Diaz-Laurel.
Namaalam si Celia kahapon, July 12, dahil sa kumplikasyon sa stroke. Siya ay 93 years old.
Si Celia ang biyuda ni former Philippine Vice President Salvador "Doy”"Laurel (November 18, 1928-January 27, 2004).
Isinilang si Celia noong May 29, 1928.
"Our star is home where she rightfully belongs," bahagi ng obituary para kay Celia ng walong anak na naulila niya, kabilang ang singer-actor na si Cocoy Laurel at singer na si Iwi Laurel.
Ito ang kabuuan ng obituary ng kanyang mga anak:
"Celia Diaz Laurel, wife of former Vice President Salvador Doy Laurel, thespian, arts advocate, philanthropist, passed away last night, July 12, at 8:30 p.m. from complications of a stroke.
"She was 93 and had lived a long, beautiful life that touched many others.
"Last May 29, Celia launched her book My Lives Behind the Proscenium, on Facebook Live, a book dedicated to the characters to whom Celia attributed her growth as a person, a woman, and actress.
"Even with eight children—Victor (Cocoy), Stella, David, Larry, Suzie, Iwi, Lynnie, and Kristipi—and a busy politician husband, Celia has written several books; became an accomplished painter with a book chronicling her many works; a stage actress; and later in life, as a production and costume set designer. She would go on to have 50 portrayals on stage, with nearly 80 plays she costume- and production- designed.
"She contributed greatly to the country’s flourishing arts and culture scene, where she would be one of the pioneers."
Naging bahagi si Celia ng Philippine movie industry dahil sa mga pelikulang ginawa niya noon.
Kabilang dito ang Lollipops and Roses and Burong Talangka, ang 1975 movie ng kanyang anak na si Cocoy at ng superstar na si Nora Aunor; at ang Love Song, ang unang pelikula ni Marianne Dela Riva noong 1973.
Ang Victor Laurel Productions ni Cocoy ang producer ng mga nabanggit na pelikula.
Hindi lamang si Cocoy ang anak ni Celia na pumasok sa showbiz.
Apo niya ang aktres na si Denise Laurel at anak niya si Iwi, ang singer na umawit sa 1984 classic hit song na "Special Memory."