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Sister: Dean of Philippine Entertainment Journalism Ethel Ramos dies beautifully

The death of Ethel Ramos, the Dean of Philippine Entertainment Journalism wasn’t in vain.

It truly wasn’t especially the outpouring of sympathies from all sectors of the biz.

During her three-night wake at the Funeraria Nacional in Araneta Avenue in Quezon City, stars of all magnitude descended from heaven to pay their last respects to the well-loved veteran movie journalism who died in her sleep last Septembet 10, 2023 at 87.

Film directors like Joel Lamangan, Manny Valera, 

“Tingnan mo, ang ganda-ganda ng kapatid ko. ‘Yong huli niyang paghinga, humugot na parang umidya siya, lalo siyang gumanda (Look at her, she’s so beautiful. When she pulled up her last breath, she seemed to jolt, and she became more beautiful),” quipped Chit A. Ramos, one of Ethel’s younger sisters and a colleague in the movie writing profession.

Chit, who was seated in a pew at the Room 301 of the Nacional Chapels and Crematory, was in her usual chatty element.

According to the younger Ramos, they’re six in the family, five girls and and a boy, with Ethel as the eldest.

“Talagang taga-Bicol kami pero nagkatrabaho ang tatay namin sa Zambales kaya tumira rin kami nang matagal do’n (We’re really from Bicol but my dad worked in Zambales so we also lived there for a long time),” volunteered Len Llanes, the second to the eldest and her sis’ fellow entertainment writer.

Len, Chit and their three liviing siblings had welcomed meaningfully showbiz people who mourned the passing of Ethel.

Among the movie, television, theater and music denizens who bid Manay (a term of endearment which originated from Bicol that pertains to a sister or to an elder woman by blood or affinity) Ethel adieu were Lorna Tolentino, Nino Muhlach, Martin Nievera, Robin Padilla, Mark Bautista, Ricky Davao, Ina Raymundo, Phillip Salvador, Ruffa Gutierrez, Azenith Briones, Aga Muhlach, Liza Dino-Seguerra, Herbert Bautista, Vilma Santos, Annabelle Rama, Eddie Gutierrez, Ice Seguerra, Charlene Gonzales, Lani Mercado, Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon Revilla, Jr., Jolo Revilla, Brian Revilla, among many others.

During her lifetime as a movie writer, Manay Ethel was a sought after columnist and features essayist and talent manager of Elizabeth Oropesa, Angel Locsin, Azenith and Aga, in one time or another.

Ramos was also the publicist of Regal Films, Golden Dragon Films of Carlo J. Caparas and the late Donna Villa, Star Cinema etc.

Manay Ethel was also a past president of the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC).

Ramos celebrated her last birthday on Augusy 1, 2023.

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