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How showbiz rallied to help Julio Diaz

On Sunday, at around 5:50 p.m., Nadia Montenegro posted on our Actors Guild Viber group a message that read: “JULIO DIAZ needs a million pesos for a possible brain procedure to prevent brain aneurysm, as posted by his sister! Oh no! PRAYERS pls, one of the most underrated actors we have.”

She reposted the message that Julio’s sister Ana Marie Regaliza-Datuin wrote on Facebook: “Can’t go to sleep thinking of how to get help for my brother, Marnie Regaliza a.k.a. actor Julio Diaz, who needs surgery within the next 24 hours to prevent brain aneurysm. He was rushed to the hospital today after fainting due to what they earlier suspected as a stroke. In the Philippines, they will not perform any medical procedure even if it’s a matter of life and death if money is not there.

JULIO DIAZ

JULIO DIAZ

“More than a million pesos or $30,000 plus is required to keep him alive, the kind of money he does not have right now since he is no longer active in acting as he was during the late ’80s to early ’90s. At the moment, all he’s getting is pain medication to ease the severe headache until he gets the surgery he needs. Does anybody in the Philippines know how to access government assistance in situations like this? I am desperate for answers. My eldest son Mike Datuin is currently by his uncle’s side trying to get some local help. Prayers at this time are greatly appreciated too.”

Help, like manna from heaven, was given by several actors. Members of the Actor’s Guild were eventually able to facilitate Julio’s transfer from a hospital in Bulacan to St. Luke’s in Global City, Taguig.

Robin Padilla and Coco Martin donated P100,000 each and ballet dancer Lisa Macuja-Elizalde donated $1,000 via gofundme.com.

Gina Alajar suggested that if each of us on the Viber group donated P4,000, the one million goal will be reached.

As of this writing, we were able to raise almost P300,000 in pledges and almost $10,000 on gofundme.com.

Julio was able to undergo surgery on Sunday. He is now awake and recuperating at the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Donations for Julio are still accepted and may be deposited to the EastWest bank account of Michael Angelo R. Datuin (acct.# 001168303651). You can also send your donations via www.gofundme.com.

I would like to quote Nadia who shared, “It’s amazing how God works. The best thing is how he used all of us sa iba-ibang strengths natin. Let’s continue to lift him up in prayers.”

Amen!