years back on one of my trips from manila to los baños, i chanced upon seeing her on the bus, seated on the opposite seat of the parallel row, near the window, embracing her own silence amidst the invading noise of the pirated movie played on board, the collective hushing of the repressed chats of the couples, and the mocking cries and laughs of the local snack vendors pointing fingers at her and exclaiming as loud as they can “tignan mo si zoraida oh! si zoraida oh! hahahaha! ganyan pala itsura niya talaga! ampangit!” (look, that’s zoraida! oh that’s how she looks like in person! how ugly! )
i anticipated her to fight back but she remained calm and reserved. since then, she gained more of my respect as a person. i respect those people who show grace under pressure. and i bet that aside from being really smart (as my mother used to tell me), ms zoraida has been a strong person with good heart.
a while ago, i just learned from a plurk contact that ms zoraida, the comedienne died.
The sister of actress Zorayda Sanchez has confirmed that the veteran comedian, writer and actress indeed passed away on Wednesday due to cancer.
i felt sad upon learning this news. i do hope people could see more beyond ms zoraida's physical shell