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50’s matinee idol Jose Mari Gonzales passes away

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Jose Mari Gonzales, the father of former actress and now Tacloban mayor Cristina Gonzalez Romualdez and Ana Margarita Gonzales, passes away Tuesday at the age of 80 years old.

Veteran showbiz writer Aster Amoyo shares the news in her Facebook account stating that Gonzales’ cause of death is Pneumonia and cardiac arrest.

“His wake starts tomorrow at the Heritage Memorial Chapel in Taguig City up to Friday. Interment to be announced later. Let us pray for the repose of his soul.” She added in her post.

Cristina also shared her message for her dad in her Facebook account.

“Goodbye Dad! You have been a Blessing to Mom, me, Jolong, Mike, Anna, Chemari and to our whole family. I am blessed to have you as my father. So many good memories with you and Mom since we were little never failing to take us with you on your trips out of town. Being quite strict to us but within reason. I have learned so much from you. You will always be in our hearts! We love you Dad!” she said.

Jose Mari entered the world of showbiz during the 1950’s and was part of Sampaguita Pictures where he became a very well known leading man.

Some of his films include Ulilang Anghel (1958), Tawag Ng Tanghalan (1958), Mga Anghel Sa Lansangan (1959), Handsome (1959), and Baby Face (1959).

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