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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.

Jul 26, 2020


MICHAEL V is the latest local celebrity to get the dreaded corona virus after Christopher de Leon, Iza Calzado, Sylvia Sanchez and husband Art Atayde who all survived it, and actor Menggie Cobarrubias who wasn’t as fortunate in fighting the disease.

In his latest social post, Bitoy (his pet name in the industry), disclosed that he had a chest X-ray as he’s feeling weak and doctors suspect he might have pneumonia, a complication some corona patients contracted after being infected by the virus. AN unscrupulous and irresponsible blogger even reported that he's already, which is fake news.

Bitoy posted: “Sa mga concerned, nagpa-X-ray ako kahapon para masiguro kung meron akong pneumonia. Medyo mabilis kasi akong mapagod. Niresetahan nila ako ng antibiotics at sinabihang sa bahay ko na lang ituloy ang pagpapagaling. Naka-self quarantine pa rin po ako para sa safety ng lahat ng nasa paligid ko.”

He then thanked his fans who sent him concerned messages showing their support and he asked them to continue to pray for him to get well soon. He also gave them some reminders about their own health conditions.

“Lagi pong maging malinis sa inyong paligid at pangangatawan. At lagi ring magsuot ng mask at personal protective equipment or PPE. Stay home everyone and stay safe.”

As of now, Bitoy cannot tape fresh new episodes for his two hit GMA-7 shows, the award-winning gag show “Bubble Gang” and the family sitcom, “Pepito Manaloto”. “Sana nga, gumaling na po ako para makabalik na sa trabaho at sa taping,” he prays. So let’s all offer a prayer for his healing and for him to regain his good health sooner than soon.