Actress Mely Tagasa, more famously known to televiewers as Miss Tapia in the 1970s sitcom “Iskul Bukol,” died early today, March 24, at the age of 82.
The veteran actress and screenwriter died at 12:26 a.m., according to a Facebook post by her daughter Gina Marissa.
“At 12:26 AM (March 24, Sat) our dearly beloved Miss Tapia has joined our Creator. The gates of Heaven open for her.. We love you very much, Ma!” the post read.
It was reported earlier that Tagasa was in a coma and was “weaned off her respirator,” which her daughter said in a previous post was a “tough and painful decision to make since she has been quite dependent on this machine.”
Tagasa first made a guest appearance as the ill-tempered professor at the fictional Wanbol University in 1977. She then became a mainstay until the show ended in 1990, and was also a part of the movie “Iskul Bukol 20 Years After” in 2008.
“Iskul Bukol” is a situational comedy that revolved around the trio of Victorio Ungasis and the Escalera brothers, Joey and Tito, portrayed by Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon and Tito Sotto respectively.