By Christian Dee
MAYNILA – Pumanaw na sa edad na 89 ang tinaguriang Reyna ng Kundiman na si Sylvia La Torre noong Huwebes, Disyembre 1.
Sa isang Facbook post, inanunsyo ni Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, apo ng singer, ang pagpanaw ni La Torre bandang alas-7:02 ng umaga.
Buong post ni Anna:
“RIP to my grandmother, Ms. Sylvia La Torre Perez de Tagle.- First Lady of Philippine Television, Queen of Kundiman and Tandang Sora Awardee, devoted wife of Dr. Celso Perez de Tagle, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, caring auntie, and affectionate friend, died peacefully in her sleep on December 1st at 7:02 am. At the time of her death, she was with her husband, of 68 years and her children, Artie, Bernie and Che-Che.
“My grandmother was my first inspiration when it came to singing and acting. She was my first vocal coach and taught me all of her kundimans.
“Thank you for passing on your love of music to me and I will surely continue your legacy. Gone too soon but always in our hearts. Your song has ended but your melody will linger on. Love you Mama Cita,” sulat ni Anna.
Nagpaabot din ng pakikiramay sa pamilya si Broadway star Lea Salonga.
“Ohhhhhh noooooooo!!! I thought she was one of the folks that would live forever!!! I’m so sorry, Anna… sending condolences and hugs,” sulat ni Salonga.