‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of colon cancer

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 29, 2020   •   755

Chadwick Boseman, the actor most known for his portrayal of the Black Panther, has passed away after battling with colon cancer for four years.

Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and it progressed to stage IV. Reports say, he died in his home with his wife and family by his side.

It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.⁣ ⁣ Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III…

Posted by Chadwick Boseman on Friday, August 28, 2020

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” according to the post on his official Facebook page.

Fans are devastated to hear the news and has sent countless of condolences and prayers to Boseman’s family and friends.

No more pain, no more suffering: Student in viral post passes away

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 25, 2019

Maxine Blanco during happier times | Images taken from Maxine Blanco’s Facebook page

No more pain, no more suffering.

Netizens knew 19-year-old Maxine Blanco from a viral post on Facebook. Her boyfriend, Gab Sta. Ana, shared a post of his journey with her: how love blooms and how it continues to bloom despite trials.

Her smile and kind eyes shined in all her photos, proof that she did #LiveLifeToTheMax. Her smile never changed from when she was still in high school, even until she started battling osteosarcoma or bone cancer.

Maxine inspired netizens with her brave spirit. Now, netizens mourn her passing which occurred on Saturday.

Max fought hard and I'm thankful for everything. No more pain, no more suffering. She might left us, but her spirit will always be here. I love you Maxine

Posted by Gab Sta Ana on Saturday, 23 March 2019

3pm…the hour of the divine mercy.Maxine earned her angel wings and slowly going up in heaven. For sure all the other…

Posted by Live Life To The MAX on Saturday, 23 March 2019

Maxine is among the tens of thousands of Filipinos who succumbed to the disease. Cancer is among the top causes of mortality in the country according to the Department of Health (DOH).

“Cancer remains a national health priority in the country with significant implications for individuals, families, communities and the health system,” said the Philippine Cancer Control Program of the DOH.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed Republic Act 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act in February.

It aims to improve essential programs and increase investments for the prevention of cancer, better screening, prompt and accurate diagnosis, and optimal treatment.—Aileen Cerrudo

‘Black Panther’ takes top SAG awards prize, boosting Oscars chances

admin   •   January 28, 2019

Cast of ‘Black Panther’ on stage | Reuters

Superhero movie “Black Panther,” a film heralded for its predominantly black cast and vibrant celebration of African culture, won the top award from Hollywood’s Screen Actors Guild on Sunday (January 27), boosting its chances in this year’s Oscars race.

“Black Panther” was named best movie ensemble in a surprise win over favorite “A Star is Born,” the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga musical revival.

The awards from SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood’s largest actors union, are closely watched because actors form the largest voting group in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out the Oscars next month.

Glenn Close was honored with best film actress for playing a devoted spouse in “The Wife.” Rami Malek won the trophy for best film actor for his portrayal of late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Only one film in the last 23 years has won the prestigious best picture Oscar without being nominated for SAG’s ensemble prize. That was last year’s fantasy romance “The Shape of Water.”

That scenario could repeat itself this year as SAG snubbed some of the best picture candidates in the ensemble category, including Spanish-language drama “Roma,” British period comedy “The Favourite” and Golden Globe best comedy winner “Green Book.” The Oscars will be awarded Feb. 24.

“Green Book” did take home one SAG award. Mahershala Ali received the trophy for best supporting actor in a movie for his role as jazz pianist Don Shirley. — Reuters

Duterte has no cancer, jokes about having ‘battery syndrome’

Marje Pelayo   •   October 10, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a document while answering queries from members of the Malacañang Press Corps following the oath-taking ceremony of their newly-elected officials at the Malacañan Palace on October 9, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has cleared rumors about his health saying he does not have cancer.

In a sudden press briefing at Malacanang on Tuesday night (October 9), the President confirmed that based on the results of his medical exams, it is his gastroesophageal reflux disease (Barret’s esophagus) that he should be more concerned about.

“Was I found positive of cancer? No, it’s not the colon. It’s my Barrett’s (esophagus). Dito iyan. It’s badly eroded because I was told to stop drinking years ago, but of late, bumalik kasi ako,” the President explained.

During the press briefing, the President even joked that instead of cancer, he has “battery syndrome” as he likened the human body into a battery which needed to be recharged.

“’Yang health natin, parang baterya ’yan, may positive at saka negative,” he explained further.

When asked if he will make his health condition public in case it gets worse, the President said he leaves it up to the Cabinet.

“The Constitution says that you let the people know, but the [information about the] procedure does not go directly to the people. The Cabinet should be the one to decide if you are fully incapacitated to discharge the function of your office,” President Duterte said.

The President also denied rumors that he went to Hong Kong to allegedly seek medical opinion.

Instead, he went there for a breather and to shop for pants and shirts. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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