Former senator and broadcasting pioneer Edgardo “Eddie” Ilarde has passed away. He was 85.
In a statement on social media yesterday, Liza Ilarde, the daughter of the former co-host of Student Canteen, announced that her father succumbed to natural causes.
Liza also stated that there will be no wake for his father due to the current imposition of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Born on Aug. 25, 1934, Ilarde was elected to one term in the Philippine Senate. His first office as a public servant was being a councilor of Pasay City in the early '60s.
He also served one term each as a congressman and as an Assemblyman of the Interim Batasang Pambansa.
On television, Ilarde was best known for his show Kahapon Lamang, which dramatized the lives of common folk who narrated their sob stories in letters addressed to “Kuya Eddie.”
The weekly show ran for more than a decade on GMA until it transferred to ABS-CBN under another title and aired for two more years.
Some of Ilarde’s shows include Swerte Sa Siyete (GMA Network, 1976 to 1986), Kahapon Lamang (GMA Network, 1976 to 1986), Napakasakit, Kuya Eddie (ABS-CBN, 1986 to 1988), and Alas Dose sa Trese (IBC, 1999 to 2000).
Together with Bobby Ledesma and Leila Benitez-McCollum, Ilarde co-hosted on DZXL a noontime variety show, Student Canteen, which the threesome would continue to host when the program transferred to television in 1958.
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