Actors-turned-senators Robin Padilla, Jinggoy Estrada pay tribute to Jaclyn Jose

(BUSINESS MIRROR) Actors-turned-senators Robin Padilla and Jinggoy Estrada filed separate resolutions in the Senate paying tribute to Jaclyn Jose who passed away last March 2 from cardiac arrest.

Padilla, who hailed the fallen actress born Mary Jane Santa Ana Guck, as an “icon of professionalism, grace and talent in the entertainment industry” filed Senate Resolution 943 where he sought to have the Senate express “profound sympathy and sincere condolences” on her passing. 

“Since she started her career in the 1980s, Ms. Jose has received various recognition for her work locally, including five Gawad Urians, two Luna Awards, the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Award, and a Movie Icon Award from the Eddys,” he said.

Padilla added Jose became the first Filipino and Southeast Asian in 2016 to win the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress in her exemplary performance in “Ma’Rosa.” She was also honored by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts at the Ani ng Dangal Ceremony in 2017 for this achievement.

For his part, Estrada said Jose’s untimely passing is “a tragic loss to the entertainment industry as she has made a remarkable imprint for her unique and world-class talent.”

“Nakaukit sa kasaysayan ng pelikulang Pilipino ang mga parangal at pagkilala sa natatanging galing at talento niya at mahirap itong matumbasan,” Estrada said as he filed Senate Resolution No. 942 expressing profound sympathy and sincere condolences on Jose’s passing.

For being the first Filipino actress to receive the Cannes distinction and bested celebrated stars like Charlize Theron (“The Last Face”), Marion Cotillard (“From the Land of the Moon”), and Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”), Estrada said Jose paved the way for Filipino artists to showcase their talents on the world stage, as her triumph became a testament to stories and voices worthy of international recognition.

Estrada added that Jose’s remarkable Cannes’ nod paved the way for the filing of Senate Bill No. 1032 or the proposed World-Class Filmmakers’ Incentives Act which seeks to promote the production of world-class Filipino films by granting tax perks.

Jose’s sterling career spanned four decades and earned her various recognitions from award-giving bodies such as Gawad Urian Awards, FAMAS Awards and the Luna Awards, as well as a nomination at the Asian Film Awards. All these accolades, Estrada further noted, inspired generations of actors and film enthusiasts.

“She brought life to her roles, making them feel real and relatable, transcending borders, and touching the hearts of those who watched. Her loss is a tragic one and will be felt deeply by the entire entertainment industry,” Estrada lamented.