Comedienne ‘Mahal’ dies due to Covid-19


FORMER actress and comedienne Noemi Tesorero – more popularly known as “Mahal” – passed away on Tuesday due to complications from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). She was 46 years old.

Her death was confirmed by her sister Irene Tesorero through a Facebook post that read, “Ang aming kapatid na si Mahal ay pumanaw na. Wala pa schedule sa kanyang burol (Our sibling Mahal has passed away. We have no schedule yet of her wake). Due to Covid.” Irene’s account is private, however, and the information was just reposted by a friend. As of press time, no official statement has been made regarding the actress’ death.

Nevertheless, close friends and colleagues immediately took to Mahal’s Facebook page to grieve. Stand-up comedian and TV personality Brenda Mage wrote, “Two years din kita nakasama sa bahay at naging alalay mo sa mga out of town shows mo. Araw-araw, gabi-gabi magkasama. Ang tapang mo para umabot sa ganyang edad sa kalagayan mo. Bago ka nawala nakagawa ka pa ng napakabuting gawain sa partner mong si Mura (We’ve been together for two years at home and became your companion in your out of town shows. Everyday, every night we were together. You are so brave to have lived long considering your situation. Before you passed on, you were even able to do a good deed for your partner Mura.)”

“Mahal ka ng lahat. Mahal ka namin Mahal. Pahinga na aming munting Mahal(Everybody loves you Mahal. We love you Mahal. Rest our little Mahal) Noemi Tesorero may you rest in peace,” he added.

Mahal, who was born with dwarfism, made it big in showbiz because of her looks. Standing 91.44 cm or 3 feet tall, she portrayed the title role of “Kokey” in the 1997 film about an alien. Her movie credits further include “Mr. Suave” (2003) starring Vhong Navarro, and was a co-host of erstwhile ABS-CBN noontime show “Magandang Tanghali Bayan” (MTB) with her counterpart Mura (Allan Padua in real life) also in 2003.

Recently, Mahal also ventured into YouTube and vlogged about her everyday life.

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