“Mommy. I can’t believe this is happening. I’m in so much pain. I don’t want to, but I have to let you go. All you ever did was love me and take care of me. I’m sorry for all my shortcomings but thank you for fighting, until your last breath you waited for me. You were almost gone the other night but when I kept on talking to you, you responded and was able to stay with us for 2 more days. We were able to say our goodbyes. But this isn’t goodbye, I know you’re watching over us now. Kahit mahirap, kakayanin namin to ni daddy. Sobrang hirap ng pinagdaanan mo and you may rest now. My love for you is never ending. Si Jesus na ang bahala sayo at sa amin ni daddy. MAHAL NA MAHAL KITA.”
These are Marlo Mortel’s words in his Instagram post, breaking the saddest news to everyone. Marlo’s beloved mother Merlie Pamintuan succumbed to cancer on Friday, August 24.
As we can recall, Marlo opened up about his mother’s illness just last year. He shared that their family had been dealing with such a great challenge in their lives: his mommy Merlie had been battling Stage 4 breast cancer since 2014.
In Marlo’s guesting on Magandang Buhay last October 2017, Marlo shared how he grieves seeing his mother suffering from the illness. He said then that it was really tough to be in that kind of situation, yet not a single second did he lose hope that they will overcome it.
Marlo did everything he can do for his mom. He worked harder to support his mom’s medications. And when time came that they needed financial help in Mommy Merlie’s hospitalization, he was humble enough to call for help and raise funds for his mom. He held a benefit concert for her, entitled “Songs for Mama” at The Elements in Centris, Quezon City. This was participated by Marlo’s friends in the industry such as Janella Salvador, Maymay Entrata, Kisses Delavin, Michael Pangilinan, and Jed Madela.
In that aforementioned episode of Magandang Buhay, Marlo received a letter of thanksgiving from his mother. Mommy Merlie expressed her love and gratitude to Marlo for everything he has done for her. She also thanked everyone who participated in the said benefit concert. Marlo couldn’t help but burst out in tears along with the momshies, saying how much he wishes for his mom to get well and be healed.
Desperate times came last week during mommy Merlie’s last days. On August 22, Marlo posted on his Twitter account: “My mom is still in critical condition. God, You are the only one who can heal & revive her ultimately. You can see how hard she’s fighting for her life. We are asking for continuous prayers. Nothing is impossible with you Jesus!”
The next day, Marlo tried to cheer up his mom one last time. As seen on his Instagram account, he sang “Way Back into Love” with Morissette Amon beside Mommy Merlie on her hospital bed. But despite all his love and efforts, Marlo is now on the process of letting his Wonder Woman go.
Mommy Merlie endured so much pain and suffered long enough. Marlo’s wonder mom now rests peacefully in the loving arms of our Creator. Her memories will certainly be treasured, and her captured moments in these photos will remain forever.