Actor Julio Diaz: I’m alive
Actor Julio Diaz on Monday joked that he had to actually rise from bed to check if he was still alive, following recent reports that he already passed away.
In an interview with Radyo Inquirer, Diaz, born Mariano Regaliza, clarified that it was his 55-year-old half-brother with the same name who passed away due to cardiac arrest.
“Ang namatay ay ang kapatid ko sa ama na kapareho ko rin ng pangalan. Mukhang nagkamali ng pagka-intindi kasi ang sinabi ako ang namatay, ako din ang nasa litrato sa balita (My half-brother by my father with the same name passed away. It seemed there was a misunderstanding because it was stated that I died and they published my picture in the news),” he said.
Citing a Facebook post from a batchmate of Diaz’s brother, the Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) first reported the actor’s supposed “death.” PEP has apologized for the confusion that the report caused.
Diaz said he was surprised by the calls and messages he received in the wee hours on Monday.
“Ang daming tumawag nga eh, nagising ako sa dami ng tumawag. Nagulat ako sa mga tumatawag, sabi ko, ‘ha? Ako patay na?’ Ang ginawa ko, bumangon ako sa higaan ko, tinignan ko yung kama, kung naiwan ako don, hindi naman,” he added.
(Many people called me, I was awakened by the calls. I was surprised by those who called, I told them, “What? I’m dead? What I did was I rose from bed to check if I was still alive.)
Although in good condition, the 57-year-old actor said he was being extra cautious over his health because of heart enlargement. YG/RAM/rga
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