Celebrities mourned the death of popular veteran entertainment editor Ricardo “Ricky” F. Lo who passed away after he suffered a stroke last Tuesday night.
Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto of Batangas: “Thank you Ricky. I love you my friend!!! I will miss you. Rest in peace.”
Celebrity doctor Vicky Bello wrote: “Dear Ricky, I know that you are in heaven and gloriously happy but I just want you to know how much I’ll miss you . You have been so supportive of me throughout my life even before I became a doctor. I always admired how you were so loving of your mother and family.
“How you worked so hard to give them a happy and comfortable life . No matter how famous you became, you were still so proud of being from Samar and now you want to be buried there . I never got to see you during this pandemic period but I hope that you could feel how much I loved you from afar . It’s not good bye Ricky but hopefully see you again, in heaven.”
Comedienne Ai-Ai Delas Alas: “One of my real friends in the industry … pahinga ka na friend. Rest in peace .. salamat sa ating pagkakaibigang punong puno ng respeto sa isat isa .. sobrang nalungkot ako nabawasan na naman kaibigan ko …bihira pa naman makakita ng totoong kaibigan sa mundong kinagagalawan naten .. hayzz.”
Veteran entertainment columnist Lolit Solis wrote: “So very sad. So shock. Ito ang balita Salve that jolt my heart. So painful. RICKY LO is DEAD. Just like how sad noong nawala si Douglas Quijano, Bibsy Carballo, parang isa na naman angel sa buhay ko ang iniwan ako. Just like Douglas na Ms Amity, at ako si Amityville, ganyan din ang relasyon namin ni Ricky Lo. Lagi akong kontrabida habang lagi niya ako binibigyan ng sermon pag umiiral ang kagagahan ko. Hindi ko malimutan noong scam na umiiyak siya habang pinapangaralan ako, umiiyak siya dahil baka maapektuhan ng kahihiyan sa ginawa kong scam ang mga anak ko. Mas affected pa siya kaysa akin.That was really the time na talagang nag marka sa akin how kind hearted at sincere friend si Ricky Lo. A part of me died today, a part of my heart is broken.
“One of my best friends, guardian, angel left without saying goodbye. Pinagtatawanan namin dalawa na 75 years old na siya nuon April, at 74 naman ako this May, line of 7 na dapat umabot ng 8 para mas maganda ang passing mark. Life is so fleeting, kaya good example sa akin ang pagiging madasalin at very religious ni Ricky. Siguro nga , sobra siyang mahal ni God kaya kinuha siya ng hindi masyadong nahirapan sa sakit. Iyon nanghina lang siya dahil sa taas ng sugar, nakapag video call pa siya sa kapatid na si Susan nuon Monday evening, at kinuha siya ng Tuesday . He was at peace. He was ready. Now Ricky, wherever you are, just wait, pagdating ko diyan guluhin na naman kita , ikaw na naman tagapagtanggol ko diyan. Hindi ako papayag na kayo nila Douglas, Bibsy at ikaw Ricky ay iwanan ako ng walang guardian angel. Sleep well. I Love You. Salute,” Solis said.
Actress Ruffa Gutierrez: “My mom (Anabelle Rama) and Tito Ricky (Lo) have been best friends for almost 50 years, way before I was born. He was family. Thank you for all the amazing memories. You will be missed. 💔 May your soul rest in eternal peace. We love you, Tito Ricky!”
Sen. Grace Poe: “We lost a revered writer and dear family friend. Tito Ricky was like family to us. Not only did he write about almost all of our family’s milestones, he celebrated them with us.
“He remained very humble and low-key even if he was one of the most sought after showbiz and entertainment writers. Tito Ricky always knew how to put his interviewees at ease and treat them with respect.
“The name Ricky Lo became synonymous with the latest showbiz scoop because he always prioritized the truth and highlighted the positive values of his subjects. He was a credible and prolific writer. It’s heartbreaking to lose a true friend and champion of the entertainment industry.”
Patricia Javier: “I’m so sad with the news today about my dear kuya Ricky Lo. My last chat with him was last March 2021 and I can’t believe that he is gone. I’m very grateful and honored having a good friend like him from showbiz. I will never forget all your kindness, encouragement and support . Your kindness is beyond compared. We all gonna miss you kuya @therealrickylo Til we meet again. We love you Kuya Ricky. From Walcher family.”
Korina Sanchez-Roxas: “He began as my tormentor. Ricky Lo was Ricky Lo. In the 80’s and 90’s everyone in the industry revered and feared him. His Philippine Star column was the column to be in. He makes or breaks you. Through years of talking he became a friend and supporter of this struggling, determined TV reporter and host. I gave him the scoops. And the friend eventually because an ally. In later years Ricky Lo was still Ricky Lo. The one I could always rely on. Will never forget his tribute to me when I turned 50, dedicating three whole pages to testimonials to my person and career. I loved my friend Ricky. Till the day he had finally gone, no press conference was truly legit without his presence.
“On his 75th birthday recently I sent him his favorite food and I wondered why he was slow to respond. I marveled at how good he still looked. Am shocked. Am saddened. What a loss to all. End of an era. Never to be forgotten. To be so, so missed. I love you and will see you again one day my friend. Godspeed.”