While Bernardo Palanca has had a more versatile career in the Philippine entertainment industry, his younger brother Miko Palanca concentrated more on acting for film and television, becoming a character actor of note. Starting off with ABS-CBN since 1997, Miko would feature in some of the Kapamilya network’s tele-seryes and drama anthologies. Although he and Bernardo became freelance stars doing work for all major networks in the country, it was with ABS-CBN that both gave their most memorable performances. However there will be no more to be seen of Miko Palanca in the future, following his death just this Monday.
According to ABS-CBN News, actor Miko Palanca passed away on December 9 at the still formidable age of 41 years old. Word of his death was given through an official statement issued by his family. Said announcement, given in the name of his brother Bernard, their siblings and their mother Nita, expressed extreme sorrow for Miko’s passing. The whole family is grateful for the incredible outpour of love and support that has been coming in today,” read the statement. “As of now, we would like to respectfully request for privacy as we go through this very difficult time. Again, we appreciate all the love and support – thank you so much.”
Later that Monday, other celebrities chimed in their condolences, along with major organizations such as Star Cinema and the Film Academy of the Philippines. The Academy’s statement, posted on their Facebook page, gave sympathies to the Palanca family for Miko’s death. Even his former Star Magic talent manager, Monch Novales, expressed how much she would miss the actor. Thus far, his surviving relatives have been quiet on the cause of his death. Palanca’s last notable role on TV was guesting in the 2019 ABS-CBN noontime tele-serye “Nang Ngumiti ang Langit.”
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