Madam Auring, a fortune-teller who had worked with Filipino politicians and celebrities, has left.
From humble beginnings as a beautician in Manila, Aurea Sabalboro rose to fame in the last decades of the 20th century.
When she began to read other people’s fortunes using tarot cards and other tools of the trade of divining the future.
She hit it big in the ’70s when she supposedly correctly predicted the winner of Spain’s Amparo Munoz as Miss Universe 1974 held in Manila.
It was a time when showbiz, pageantry, and fortune-telling merged to catch the public’s interest and imagination amid the vibes of martial law and repression.
In 1975, Muhammad Ali accorded Auring her biggest achievement when he called her after correctly predicting his win over Joe Frazier, when other pundits said otherwise.
Thereafter she became the go-to “manghuhula” of entertainment scribes for many annual predictions of fate and fortune, the rise and downfall of stars and politicians.
Without a doubt, Madam Auring embraced the aspects of showbiz life. At her height, she also became an actress, beauty endorser, and in-demand guest in many shows.
Among her other notable predictions were the presidential win of Fidel V. Ramos, the full term of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and the breakup of former president Noynoy Aquino and then-girlfriend Shalani Soledad.
Her grandsons confirmed her d3’ath on Friday.
Daryl Simon Pecson announced the news of Madam Auring’s passing on Facebook.
“[Rest in Peace] my Lola,” Pecson wrote in the post, sharing how he visited her only a few days prior.
“Grabe ang pinagdaanan mo during your senior years pero you still worked hard for your family,” he wrote.
He ended his post by saying: “You shall always be in our hearts. Love you.”
So long Madam Auring.