Leo Rabago dies of colon cancer at 48

Leo Rabago (Real Name: Leocel Rabago), a popular model during the 80's and 90's, has died last night after a battle with Stage 3 colon cancer. He was 48.

According to a tweet from former model and Binibining Pilipinas-International 1991 Patty Bettita, Leo Rabago died at 8PM on Thursday night. "Our friend Leo Rabago expired at 8:15 tonight. Please pray for the repose of his soul. Will update you on details of his cremation.RIP Leo,"

Patty also remembers Leo as "mabait" and was the top model of his generation.

It's kinda saddening because the last time we've heard about Leo Rabago was in 2009 when he was arrested for a frustrated homicide. And now, we're hearing about him again, but he's already gone.

Let's not remember him with that news of being jailed, but instead remember him as one of the hottest Filipino models.

I actually tried looking for Leo Rabago's photos during his modeling years, but can't find any. His former manager, Leo Dominguez, pointed me to a music video of 90's singer Viktoria on Youtube. It's entitled "Tender Kisses" with Rabago as Viktoria's leading man there. Here are two screencaps:

Leo Rabago picture

Leo Rabago actor

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Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named recently as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For 8 years now, Mykiru has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.
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