After revealing the arrival of her first son, ‘Pepito Manaloto: Tuloy ang Kuwento’ actress Janna Dominguez announced the death of her partner Mickey Ablan’s eldest child, Yzabel Ablan, who died on October 7 at the age of 20 .
Yzabel is Mickey’s daughter from a previous relationship, but Dominguez, who has been with Mickey for more than a decade, treats Yzabel like her own child.
On Facebook, the former ‘Wowowee’ host changed her profile picture on the evening of October 7 – in an instant with her newborn baby – to a throwback photo with Yzabel, with the caption: “Please come back to mommy… I love you, my baby ate.”
The next day, she confirmed on her social media pages the death of the student, who was due to celebrate her 21st birthday next month.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Yzabel Ablan. She touched so many lives and has been an inspiration to many,” Dominguez said, then shared details of the vigil, especially with “those who would like to pay their respects and celebrate (Yzabel’s) life.”
“Knowing Yza it will mean a lot to her,” she said as she concluded her post.
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The actress-entrepreneur, in another messagerevealed that Yzabel’s death was caused by “sudden heart failure and a lung infection,” and shared that Yzabel initially hid what she was feeling from her family.
“Sa sobrang ayaw nya nakakaabala ng ibang tao, hindi nya sinabi een mga nararamdaman nya. Nagpa check-up sya the day before and (the) doctor gave her medicine na kaya iniisip naming (na) ok na,” she said. (Because she hated disturbing other people, she didn’t tell us about the things she was feeling. She had her checkup the day before and the doctor had already given her medicine, so we thought everything was already fine .)
“Then bigla na lang ganon. She was in her apartment in Manila when she suddenly had trouble breathing. Kasama niya Yaya, ate Iyn niya that time. Ate Iyn called us kaya dumiretso na kame agad ng Manila. Pero wala, after several attempts to bring (her) back to life, wala na talaga (siya)… God called her back home after (already). We love you so much, our Chabelits (heart emojis),” she further said.
(Then it just happened. She was in her apartment in Manila when she suddenly had trouble breathing. She was with Yaya, she ate Iyn that time. Ate Iyn called us, so we immediately went straight to Manila. But after several attempts to to bring her back to life, she was already gone.)
Multiple people expressed their condolences in the comments section and offered prayers to Dominguez and her family, including actors Ara Mina, Camille Prats, Rocco Nacino and Dear Abellawho announced the birth of her own son last month.
“StarStruck” alum Iwa Motowho previously dated Mickey, shared in an Instagram post that she considers Yzabel her “(firstborn) daughter.”
“(H)indi ako ang biological mother nya (I am not her biological mother). I was her stepmother for a few years,” Moto clarified, crediting Yzabel with teaching her about motherhood. She also called her a “survivor.”
“Sobrang daming mong pinagdaanan, anak. Nalampasan mo yun (You have been through so much, my child. You have overcome it all). And you (became) the best version of yourself (emoji),” she shared, listing the things she will miss about her.
Meanwhile, a Facebook story from one of her relatives mentioned that Yzabel had previously been diagnosed with lupus. Mary Nicole Pilar Ablan told her niece, “You won the battle, chabs, against lupus, and that will be your legacy.”
The Enderun Colleges entrepreneurship student organization also remembered Yzabel in a Facebook post.
In addition to Yzabel and the newest addition to their family, Leon, the longtime couple takes care of two more daughters, Caely and Gabby. EDV