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Comedian Yoyong Martires Passes Away at 77

Veteran comedian and former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Rosalio “Yoyong” Martires has passed away at 77. Yoyong’s family confirmed his passing on social media earlier today, sharing their grief and celebrating his multifaceted life and legacy.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Rosalio ‘Yoyong’ D. Martires,” the family’s post read. “He has peacefully joined our Creator yesterday, June 18, 2024. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”

His diverse talents and contributions marked Martires’ career. He was a beloved comedian and a significant figure in Philippine basketball. Yoyong left an indelible mark on the sports community as a former PBA player and an Olympian. His journey in public service further exemplified his dedication to his fellow citizens, having served as the Vice Mayor of Pasig.

“He lived a very adventurous and colorful life. A loving husband, a doting father, a caring grandpa, a self-made man, an Olympian, a prolific basketball player, a comedian, a devoted public servant, and a child of Christ,” his family shared. “Difficult steps to follow, indeed. You served God, our country, and your fellow men. Rest in Peace, papa. We love you!”

Sports analyst Quinito Henson also announced Yoyong’s passing on his Twitter account, expressing his sorrow and respect. “PBA legend & former Pasig Vice Mayor Rosalio (Yoyong) Martirez passed away last night … he was 77 … rest in Peace! We were together during the EASL Final 4 last March; he was quite a man! God bless Yoyong,” Henson tweeted.

Throughout his career, Yoyong Martires endeared himself to many through his humor, athletic prowess, and public service. His passing marks the end of an era, but his legacy will continue to inspire and bring joy to those who knew him and those who admired his work from afar.

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