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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Feb 5, 2011

Edu Manzano has two shows at GMA 7

SO WHAT’S EDU MANZANO up to now that he’s game show with GMA-7 has ended? “They’re offering me two shows, but nothing is sure yet,” he says. We learned one show is a modified version of “Family Feud” that will suit Edu’s zany personality. Another one is a late night talk show with a twist. While waiting for his new shows to start, Edu got busy with the construction of the new cancer wing of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center at Quezon Avenue, named after his late dad Adrian Manzano who had a soft spot for kids, in cooperation with the hospital’s executive director Dr. Julius Lecciones and chief of cancer and hematology Dr. Eustacia Rigor. It was blessed last Thursday by Fr. William Kreutz, Rector of the Ateneo Jesuit Community. Also in attendance were other talents of Edu’s manager, June Torrejon, like Mark and Cherie Gil, Marjorie Barretto, Kat Alano and Edu’s son Luis Manzano. Also present was Ricky Davao who kept on teasing Mark that his son Sid Lucero is a better actor than him. The ward was designed and constructed by Luis Zialcita Architects and Stages Design & Construction. It has six cubicles, all equipped with TV and DVD player to keep the kid patients entertained while being treated. We saw some of the sick children and our heart went out to them. “These children fight through pain every day,” says Edu. “The amenities of this new ward are aimed to help make chemotherapy and blood transfusion easier and less traumatic for them.”

He said kids afflicted with the disease have an 80 percent rate of cure. Dr. Vince Gomez, head of surgery, adds: “The new cancer wing donated by Edu is the only ward that specializes in treating children in a child-friendly environment, the first of its kind in the country. Because we’re a government hospital, the consultations and treatments here are made affordable to give more Filipinos quality medical care.”

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