Sunday, July 25, 2010

Comedian Redford White passes away

Comedian Redford White passes away

Posted at 07/25/2010 10:29 AM | Updated as of 07/25/2010 2:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Actor-comedian Redford White passed away Sunday morning at his home in Caloocan City after losing his battle with cancer.
According to a certain Edwin Ringo of Barangay 177 in Maligaya Park Subdivision, Novaliches, White, who died at 6:47 a.m., had a brain tumor.
“Ayon sa ating tanod, namatay [siya] dahil sa sakit sa tumor sa utak,” Ringo told radio dzMM.
Singer-composer Jim Paredes, a close friend of the comedian, said White had been sick since February.
“I saw him yesterday (Saturday) to bring him Tita Cory's rosary given to her by Sr. Lucia of Fatima. We hugged the last time, exchanged 'love you, 'pre', had one good laugh, a few tears and an 'ingat 'pre' before I turned around and left his room,” Paredes said.
Redford White in ABS-CBN's "Kokey"
Born Cipriano Cermeno, the comedian, 54, was last seen on television in the ABS-CBN primetime programs “Kokey” (2007) and “Palos” (2008).
He was last seen on the silver screen in the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After (The Ungasis and Escaleras Adventure).”
Incidentally, his first television appearance in 1977 was in the “Iskul Bukol” television series.
He was also known as “Sol” in the comedy program “Buddy en Sol” where he starred alongside Eric Quizon. Their successful TV tandem also headlined the movies “Buddy en Sol (Sine ito)” and “Buddy en Sol: Praybeyt depektibs.”
The comedian also starred in various films such as “Tar-San,” “Ala eh... Con Bisoy! Hale-hale-hoy!: Laging panalo ang mga unggoy,” “Haba-baba-doo! Puti-puti-poo!” and “I Do, I Die (Diyos ko Day).”
His earlier films include “Hee-Man: Master of None,” “Billy the Kid and the Sunshine Gid,” “Wrong Rangers,” “Rambo Tan-go,” “Darakula,” and “Tartan.”
Writer Woodrow Serafin said his body will lie in state at 139 Sto. Niño de Maligaya Shrine, Maligaya Subdivision, Novaliches.
‘Honest and good man’
In a text message to ABS-CBN News, Quizon described White as “a good friend, a wonderful father, a loving husband and a faithful son of God.”
“Today is one of the saddest days of my life. A truly honest and good man has passed away. Red was my partner. My sol. We were One. I was the body, he was the soul. I was the vessel, he was the spirit,” he said, adding:
“He was a man who believed in the craft and valued his work. He was a professional and dedicated actor that everybody admired…. He is now one with his creator. We love you Red. We will miss you.”
Quizon, along with Leo Martinez, visited White at his home last Tuesday before he was brought to a Quezon City hospital.
Paredes, on the other hand, said the actor-comedian had taught him many things including “simplicity, generosity, kindness, lightness of spirit, good humor, pure friendship and love.”
“Bahala ka na sa akin sa taas. My tears are welling as I write this. It's been a great wonderful life you have led. I will see you again. I know that. Ingat, p're!” he said.


Redford White, actor-comedian, is dead

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Filipino comedian Cipriano Cermeno, 55, popularly known as Redford White, passed away on Sunday morning.

Simon Serrano, a family friend, said Cermeno died of complications from brain and lung cancer.

Redford White, Cipriano Cermeno in real life, succumbed to brain and lung cancer on Sunday morning. PEP.PH file photo
"He had been sick since last February. We tried to consult with other doctors for him to survive, but he passed away this morning," Serrano said in an interview by telephone with GMANews.TV.

He added that the wake of "Tito Redford" may begin at 3 p.m. Sunday in his Caloocan City home.

Jay Agras, desk officer of Barangay 177 in Caloocaan City, confirmed that Cermeno passed away "after 6 a.m. today." Cermeno is a resident of the barangay.

"Pinuntahan po ng tanod ang bahay nila kaninang 9:44 a.m. Napag-alaman na namatay na nga siya. Confirmed na po (A local volunteer already went to Cermeno’s house at 9:44 a.m. It was learned that he had died. It’s confirmed)," Agras said in a phone interview with GMANews.TV.

The actor-comedian is survived by his wife and daughter.

Cermeno's friends in show business announced his demise on the social networking site Twitter.

"At 6:47 [a.m.] today, my great friend, fellow diver and a wonderful human being known to all as Redford White passed away peacefully," said singer and APO Hiking Society member Jim Paredes in his Twitter account.

Paredes said Cermeno died of "complications due to cancer in his lungs and brain."

In his Twitter account, actor Gabe Mercado also said that Cermeno "kept his condition secret even from close friends."

"Redford White was a mentor, a man who had tremendous respect for his craft and was perhaps the most generous man I knew. Rest in peace," Mercado added.

Cermeno began his movie career in the late 1970's. He rose to fame in the television sitcom "Buddy en Sol" with Eric Quizon during the early 90's.

His movies in the 1990's include "Haba-baba-doo! Puti-puti-poo," "Tong Tatlong Tatay Kong Pakitong-kitong," and "Tik Tak Toys: My Kolokotoys." —VS, GMANews.TV


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