Child actress dies of dengue; Yen Santos reacts
Sophia Gabrielle Corullo
Facebook/Nina Sophia Gabrielle
Child actress dies of dengue; Yen Santos reacts
Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo ( - August 22, 2019 - 12:44pm

MANILA, Philippines —  Young actress Sophia Gabrielle Corullo, who was last seen in a “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (MMK) episode last Saturday, August 17, has succumbed to severe dengue fever. She was six years old.

Corullo reportedly passed away last Sunday, August 18. Her remains lie in her family home in Poblacion, Makati City.

In a series of Facebook posts, Sophia’s mom was asking for blood donors for her daughter on August 17. 

Sophia’s two other siblings are reportedly still in the hospital. One is reportedly critical also due to dengue, while the other is still under observation.

On August 22, days after the child’s death, Sophia’s mom posted a screenshot of an online shop using her daughter’s death to sell a mosquito repellent lotion.

On Thursday, a friend of the family also posted that the child's mom was reportedly rushed to the hospital for fever and stomach pain.

Sophia rose to fame after introducing herself as “Mini Anne Curtis” in the “MiniMe” segment of ABS-CBN noontime show “It’s Showtime” last May 2018.

Since then, she has been known in the industry as “Baby Sophie.” She first starred in MMK for the episode titled “#MMKSchoolGirls” last March 11. She then played the daughter of Rafael Rosell and Yen Santos in the August 17 episode called “#MMKLovelyNanny.”


Mamaya na po. 8:30pm Pagktapos ng The Voice Kids #MMKMyLovelyNanny

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Yen posted a photo of her and Sophia on an Instagram story with the caption: “My baby angel.”

The Department of Health has recently declared a national dengue epidemic as more than 188,000 cases and 807 deaths have been reported this month, almost double the 93,149 cases and the 497 deaths recorded during the same period last year.

Data also showed the age group mostly affected by dengue is those from five to nine years old, with 43,047 cases or 23 percent of the total cases. 

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