Jason Abalos mourns death of doctor friend who succumbed to COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines  — Actor Jason Abalos mourned the death of his doctor friend who died due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Abalos took to Instagram to reminisce moments with Dr. Leandro L Resurreccion III, a pediatric transplant  surgeon at Philippine Children’s Medical Center, who passed away Tuesday.

He said he became friends with Resurreccion because of their shared interest and passion about motorcycles.

“Masaya siya na naka motor lagi papunta sa mga hospital na pinapasukan nya kasi sabi nya nag eenjoy daw siya, tipid na sa gas, walang traffic hindi pa mahirap sa parking,” Abalos recalled.

(He’s happy riding his motorcycle to work. He said he enjoys it because it is fuel-efficient, is a traffic-buster and parking is hardly a problem.)

The actor also recounted that Resurreccion always talked about his children and how proud he is of them.

“Mabait na tatay si Doc Jun, pag nag kwentuhan kami sa buhay, malalaman mo sa mga kwento niya kung gaano siya ka proud sa mga anak niya,” he said.

(Dr. Jun is a good father. When we talk about life, you will know how proud he is of his children.)

With the passing of another frontliner, Abalos appealed to the public to stay at home to contain the spread of the virus.

“Ang hiling lang ng mga frontliners eh mag stay sa bahay para hindi na kumalat ang virus yan lang ang maitutulong natin sa kanila, buhay ang binubiwis nila para sa atin tulungan natin sila,” he said.

(The frontliners’ appeal is for the public to stay at home so that the virus will not spread further. This is the only thing we could do to help them. They are risking their lives for us, let’s help them.)

Abalos also called out government officials to step up their efforts in

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Enrique Gil ‘so happy’ spending birthday in quarantine, says Liza Soberano

Image: Instagram/@lizasoberano

MANILA, Philippines — With social distancing measures in place during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, gatherings to celebrate events have to be put on hold.

However, this did not dampen Enrique Gil’s spirits during his 28th birthday on March 30, his girlfriend Liza Soberano said in her greeting Tuesday night on Instagram.

The actress posted pictures during their trips together, explaining, “I thought you wished you were elsewhere for your birthday, [that’s] why I’m posting a bunch of our travel photos.”

She shared that despite being at home, Gil expressed his happiness. “Earlier you said ‘I’m so happy, this is exactly how I want to celebrate my birthday.’”

“That made my heart flutter. You’re happiest when you’re with family,” she said. “To more time with family, I love you!”

Gil has spent the past years out of town on his birthday with Soberano. In 2018, the actress threw him a surprise party in Batangas, and the year after, he joined a trip to Bali with her family and his sister Andie.

The 22-year-old actress said last January in a press conference for “Make It With You” that she and Gil had been an item since she was 17.



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Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

This Aug. 22, 2018 file photo shows Joe Diffie performing at the 12th annual ACM Honors in Nashville, Tennessee. (Invision/AP)

NEW YORK  — Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61.

Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first country star to go public with such a diagnosis. Diffie’s publicist Scott Adkins said the singer died Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee, due to complications from the virus.

Diffie, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 25 years. His hits included “Honky Tonk Attitude,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die),” “Bigger Than the Beatles” and “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets).”

His mid-90s albums “Honkey Tonk Attitude” and “Third Rock From the Sun” went platinum. Eighteen of Diffie’s singles landed in the top 10 on the country charts, with five going No. 1. In his 2013 single “1994,” Jason Aldean name-checked the ’90s country mainstay.

Diffie shared in a Grammy award for best country collaboration for the song “Same Old Train,” with Merle Haggard, Marty Stuart and others. His last solo album was 2010’s “The Bluegrass Album: Homecoming.”

“Joe was a real true honky tonk hero to every country artist alive today,” singer John Rich said in a statement. “No one sang our music better than he did, and to see his life and artistry cut short is beyond tragic. He was loved, cherished and respected by all of country music and beyond.”

Deanna Carter said she was “shell shocked” by the news and had hoped to perform again with Diffie this year. “He was a powerhouse that stopped

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