By Don Tagala, North America Bureau
Jersey City, NJ – Julio Diaz is known as Philippine Entertainment’s sexy star of the 80’s turned A-List dramatic actor in the 90’s. Now he is in New Jersey spending time with family while recovering from two recent accidents in the Philippines, one of which involved a major hip replacement surgery.
When Diaz was recovering from the broken hip he sustained during an independent movie shoot, he fell off a motorcycle trying to avoid a dog crossing the street in Manila.
“Sa Philippines habang ginagamot ito, nakita ko kung sino yung mga kaibigan na, kung sino talaga yung malapit sa kalooban ko, sa puso ko,” Diaz said.
“Actually, we’re just so happy na nandito siya ngayon sa Amerika, I really think and feel na he needs this as a break,” said his sister Ana Marie Regaliza-Datuin.
Diaz is also in the US to grace the July 27 special screening of his classic movie ‘Sakay’ at the Calvary Bible Church in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey.
‘Sakay’ is an epic film about the Philippine-American war in 1898 by award-winning director Raymond Red. It depicts the life of Filipino patriot Macario Sakay who was declared an outlaw for his subversive resistance movement against the American colonizers.
“Malalaman ng lahat na na yung aming ginawang Sakay is a hero which supposedly.. sila yung mga tipong unsung heroes nung panahon na yun,” said Diaz.
Diaz also clarified rumors about his supposed drug dependence.
“Kasi medyo naano ako sa isang art work, na of course, yung mga bato-bato, so nag coincide sa salitang bato which is the shabu — ang nadali dun ako,” Diaz said, “Napagbintangan lang ako, hayaan mo sila mag-bintang, anyway na survive ko na yun, hindi naman totoo yun so why will I feel guilty?”
After the “Sakay” screening, Diaz is flying back to Manila for some unfinished commitments but he said that he will most likely return to the US to try his luck in Hollywood or independent films.
“I would like to die an actor,” Diaz said, “So malay ko rito, kung ma-pursue natin dito yung ganitong klaseng buhay, why not?”
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