A child actor who often appeared on television network ABS-CBN’s shows died of dengue on Sunday.
Niña Sophia Gabrielle “Sophie” Corullo passed away at the age of six years old. Sophie was last publicly seen performing in an episode of the drama program Maalaala Mo Kaya, which aired on Saturday.
“She was such a good child,” her mother Angeli Corullo tearfully told the news program TV Patrol in an interview. “She had a lot of dreams for her siblings. The last time she had a taping, she told me ‘Mommy, the money I earned, please give it to my older sister so she can pay her school fees.'”
Sophie’s older brother is currently battling the same mosquito-born disease, and is currently being kept in a hospital.
JAMS Artist Production, the company that managed Sophie’s career, posted a video tribute for the child star on its Facebook page on Tuesday.
Sophie was discovered last year when she joined a contest called “Mini Me” on the noontime show It’s Showtime last year. She was presented as the “mini” version of top actress Liza Soberano, reported Pang-Masa.
The Philippine’s health department declared a national dengue epidemic earlier this month after 146,062 patients tested positive of the disease from January to July. This was 98 percent higher than the number of patients in the same period last year. Out of this number, 622 individuals have died of dengue as of July.