Dec 9, 2008

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Actor Marky Cielo, 20, dies

Cielo grew up in Butuan City, then moved to Mountain Province in 2001. He spoke the Kankanaey, Ilocano, Tagalog and Bisaya languages (precisely Butuanon and Cebuano) fluently. According to his life story in Magpakailanman, Marky's parents separated when he and his sister were still young and their mother took care of them on her own. He met his father again after many years.

He was a freshman student at Saint Louis University, Baguio City studying Architecture before joining Starstruck. He was a member of SLU Dance Troupe. His close friends were Johnny Mina, Moses Esteban and Frederick Manzano. His father revealed that Marky had planned to go back to school next year.

When his classmates and close friends convinced Cielo to join StarStruck, he accepted. He won the Ultimate Male Survivor title, and the first Sole Survivor title of Batch 3. He was the first Igorot ever to join that contest. Among Marky's prizes was a house and lot in Antipolo. He and his family lived in his new home.[1]

After winning StarStruck, Cielo entered show business. His first show was Fantastikids which stars Isabella de Leon and B.J. "Tolits" Forbes and then Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas. His two primetime shows in which his two characters were killed off were Bakekang and Asian Treasures. The network chose Cielo to be a protagonist in the Philippine remake of Uchuu Keiji Shaider as Alexis del Mundo or Shaider but Dennis Trillo and StarStruck Ultimate Hunk Aljur Abrenica were added so the title Shaider was changed to Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan, a spin-off sequel to Metal Heroes in which he portrayed Alexis Lorenzo or Zaido Green. He considered his show Zaido as his biggest break. He recently joined the casts of Sine Novela: Kaputol ng Isang Awit which stars Glaiza de Castro, Lovi Poe and Jolo Revilla. He was seen in the commercial of a no-smoking campaign with Department of Health secretary Francisco Duque III. He joined Codename: Asero then LaLola. He was last seen in LaLola, in which he portrayed the character "Billy".

According to a statement from the TV network Cielo was found dead on December 7, 2008 by his mother Mildred, who went to his room in their house in Antipolo City around 6 in the morning to wake him up for a charity event. When Cielo did not respond, Mildred rushed him to the nearby Antipolo Doctor’s Hospital where the actor was declared dead on arrival around 10 in the morning, the statement added. He was 20 years of age.