weekend, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal)
received an unconfirmed report that Liezl Martinez—wife of actor Albert Martinez and
daughter of former movie queen Amalia Fuentes and former ‘50s matinee idol Romeo
Vasquez—was diagnosed with
cancer, but no details were given about the type of cancer.
This report started as a
blind item in tabloids two months ago. PEP tried to confirm the news by getting in touch with
people close to the Martinez family and even with
a member of the family, but none of them confirmed or
denied Liezl's health condition.
Showbiz talk shows have also asked Albert for
interviews to clarify the
rumors, but the multi-awarded
Efforts were also made to get a statement from
Liezl's mom, Amalia Fuentes. According to a source, the former actress did not answer
immediately, but said that Albert will take care of the problem and that she is
always praying for her daughter.
A close friend of the family, though, confirmed
to PEP that Liezl has been visiting the hospital frequently. The source,
however, did not disclose the purpose of Liezl's visits.
This leaves some
members of the press asking, "Why aren't they talking
about it?" Media people are used to getting classified information from famous personalities, such as former President Corazon Aquino and Francis Magalona, whose families have been more open about their health problems. The silence of
the Martinez family and close friends only gives rise to speculation, if not
whatever reasons they have
for keeping mum, PEP hopes that Liezl is okay.
hija of Amalia
is known to her close friends as the one keeping
their family together.
Liezl's real name, was better known as a child actress. She entered the movies in 1971 via Portrait of an Angel at age 4,
using the screen name Anna-Lissa, though she already had a cameo role in Yes I Do in 1967 when she was
just eight months old.
According to the blogsite of
Video 48: "Portrait broke all box-office
records during its theater run. More movie projects followed: Liezl at ang 7
Hoods (1971), Europe Here we Come (1971), Pinokyo en Little Snow White (1972),
Poor Little Rich Girl (1972), and Anghel ng Pag-ibig (1972)."
Liezl was about to be relaunched as a young star
via Ibulong Mo Sa Puso, where she was paired with one of
the hottest Regal babies at that time, Albert Martinez. It was during the movie shooting that
two fell in love and eloped; he was 25 and Liezl was only 19. The young couple
lived in the United States and started their family.
Liezl and Albert have three beautiful