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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.

Aug 11, 2020



ICE SEGUERRA, the former child star Aiza Seguerra who’s now a transman, is very open about his personal battle with depression. He says he resigned from his post as chair of the National Youth Commission because of this condition.

He shared that he felt then that he didn’t deserve the job as he couldn’t give it 100 percent of his efforts and attention and he might only be cheating the young people he is supposed to serve.

He has experienced clinical depression since 2003 when he has not yet come out and there were times he felt too paranoid. He’s going through a roller coaster of emotions and would just cry without any reason.

He had no appetite and if he’d force himself to eat, then he’d just throw up later. He was just lying down all day and couldn’t understand what’s happening to him.

He finally sought the help of a psychiatrist who diagnosed it as clinical depression. His serotonin level is very low and he was given the right medication to normalize it.

He took a break from singing and recording but when he returned, the music industry’s landscape has changed. There are no more CD’s and the way songs and albums are sold has transitioned into the digital setup.

She had a hard time coping with this since she’s not well versed to the new technology, so she felt that she got derailed.

He admits he now takes anti-depressant medication everyday. With the help of his very supportive wife, FDCP Chair Liza Dino, he’s able to start living well again.

He put up his own events company called Fire and Ice and he is now into directing.

This made him felt better although he’s not working at the moment because of the pandemic. So if you’re feeling chronically depressed, Ice advises you to seek professional help.

There’s no need to hide it or feel embarrassed about it because it can be treated. All you have to do is ask for help.

His family is actually going through a rough situation now as his dad, Dick Seguerra, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He said his dad’s ailment brought their family closer to each other.

An only child, his dad is now 77 while his mother, Mommy Caring, is 80. Let’s all offer a prayer for the full healing of Ice’s dad.