it's funny how you can get a lot of your news via facebook. tuesday afternoon as we checked our FB, several friends were sending their condolences to the binay family, but didn't say why. then when we checked again in the early evening, one of our friends expressed her sadness and said why: that the makati mayor's daughter-in-law, kennely anne lacia binay, had passed away while giving birth to her premature (seven months) baby. she was only 29. we were in shock! we knew this girl! we did not know her well and we were not close, but back in the late 90s/early 00s, we worked with her several times when we used to edit meg magazine. in her teens, before she got married, she was a model for cinderella's 17 jeune compangie and an image model for colgate minti-rinse toothpaste (along with anne curtis and sandra seifert). back then, she used another name, audrey vizcarra. we can't help but feel sad for her and for the young family she left behind (her husband councilor junjun and three other children). below is the news item from inquirer.net that confirmed the news:
Binay’s daughter-in-law passes away
Premature baby survives
By Niña Catherine Calleja
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 15:51:00 08/11/2009
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) The wife of Makati City Councilor Jun Jun Binay, son of Mayor Jejomar Binay, passed away Tuesday, due to complications of her pregnancy as she gave birth to a baby girl, seven months into term.
The baby girl of Kennely Ann Lacia Binay, 29, is now in an incubator at the neonatal section of the Makati Medical Center, according to Rico Millarez, a member of Mayor Binay’s staff, correcting an announcement earlier in the day by the city information office that the baby died.
Kennely expired at 12:06 p.m. at the Makati Medical Center, Joey Salgado, head of the Makati city information office, said.
Kennely, who had been confined in the hospital for a month because of a difficult pregnancy, was also mother to girls Jejomari Alexi, 6, and Maria Isabel, 3, and one-year-old boy Jejomar III.
The wake will be held Tuesday evening at 8776 Banuyo corner Santol in Makati, Salgado said in a separate emailed statement.