Soliman Cruz admits hearing voices in his head; diagnosed with probable schizophrenia

Soliman Cruz became known as a character actor in various TV, movie and theater projects. The main photo shows Soliman in 2009 while the inset photo shows him as he is now in 2012.


The Baywalk area along Roxas Boulevard has become a frequent haunt of veteran character actor Soliman Cruz.

Several witnesses revealed that they often see Soliman walking along Roxas Boulevard and talking to himself. Some said that they even see the actor sleeping along the seawall.

News about Mang Sol’s [Soliman] strange state and behavior spread like wildfire on various social networking sites.

This prompted Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho to feature the character actor on its recent episode last Sunday, December 16. Soliman, now known as Mang Sol, is staying at a friend’s art gallery located in Singalong, Manila.

Host Jessica Soho interviewed Mang Sol and asked him directly if he is a “palaboy.”

The actor narrated, “Maraming nagsasabi sa Facebook daw, di naman ako marunong sumagot sa mga katanungan. Dito nila ako nakikitang naglalakad at nagsasalitang mag-isa. Kailangan kong kausapin ang aking sarili. Ito ang aking palagay sa kanilang nakita at sana pagnakita nila akong muli, lapitan nila ako.

“Hindi sila nangungusap bilang isang kamera…sa malayuan kasi sila tumitingin.”

What can he say about people’s perceptions about him being homeless?

Mang Sol replied, “Isang percepsyon nila sa optika ng kanilang mga mata. Hindi ito yung pakikipagkapwa na lalapitan nila at kakamustahin…Nawawala yung pakikipagkapwa.”

Jessica Soho asked him about the areas that he frequents.

He mentioned that he has been to different places such as “Cultural Center, sa gilid ng Philippine Senate, mga puno, may eskinita doon, pag-akyat mo, napakagandang dagat…”

The veteran actor was last seen in the Eddie Garcia-starrer, Bwakaw, which will compete in the 85th Academy Awards that will take place in 2013.

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Does he have problems with his vices?

Mang Sol denied that he has a drinking problem but he admitted, “Eto yung paulit-ulit kong sinasabi, kung nagbibisyo ka ba, nagda-drugs. At eto yung kasagutan ko, I’m not in denial pero may programa ako sa sarili ko. Di ba, sa Narcotics Anonymous may twelve steps…May mga bahaging okay, may mga bahaging hindi okay kaya binabalanse ko.”

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What are the challenges being faced by the actor now?

The character actor revealed, “It’s all about the voices in my head. I hear voices. I have to talk to them.”

What are these voices telling you?

The veteran actor said, “Marami. Marami silang sinasabi tungkol sa akin. Sa aming mga ideya. Pag ako naglalakad, ang pag-uusap namin tungkol sa Boatman’s club…ang Boatman’s Club ay kapitbahay ng Manila Yacht Club. Ito ay transmutasyon ng Malate Business Club. Hindi ko alam kung sino sila. Maaaring ako rin yun.”

Did he seek medical help?

“Pumunta ako sa isang psychiatrist noong may teleserye pa ako. Ngayon ay di ko pa makakayanan bumisita sa clinika niya. Ito ay hindi problema. Ito ay kailangan magpursige at maghanap ng proyekto.”


DIAGNOSIS OF SOLIMAN. Since Mang Sol mentioned that he would like to talk to a psychiatrist, Jessica arranged for him to be checked and evaluated by psychiatrist-psychologist Dr. Randy Dellosa.

After the consultation, Dr. Dellosa said: “Yung actual diagnosis ko ay methamphetamine dependence and also probable schizophrenia."

According to medicinenet.com, symptoms of schizophrenia may include "delusions, hallucinations, catatonia, negative symptoms, and disorganized speech or behavior."

Dr. Dellosa explained, “Ang paggamit ng drugs, nakakasira at nakaka-imbalance ng chemicals sa utak.

"Pag na imbalance ang chemicals sa utak, nagkakaroon ng hallucinations at yun ang nangyari kay Sol. Mayroon siya naririnig na auditory hallucinations na voices. Kinakausap niya yung mga bulong.”

The doctor clarified that this condition is treatable.

“There’s medication for that. It’s very easy to treat ang psychosis…Kailangan niya ng individual psychotherapy o counseling. Kasi mayroon siyang mga angst sa buhay. Kagaya ng problems niya with si misis so kailangan niya ng outlet. Kung masyadong matindi ang emotions niya, masyado siyang nalulungkot o nagagalit, pwede siyang mag-resort sa drugs. He also needs to do marital or family counseling. Besides that, kailangan niya ng support group para ma-encourage o ma-inspire siya.”

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Mang Sol is already separated from his wife and he is not living with his two children.

Did the separation from his wife and children have a bad effect on him?

“Malaking bahagi ang repitisyon sa pamilya – nagtitimpla ng gatas [for the children], maglalaba tapos magluluto samantalang nagbabasa ka ng script. Yung repitisyon nawala at magbubuo ka na naman ng repitisyon. Malaking bahagi ang nawala sa akin…”


REUNION WITH NATHAN LOPEZ. Nathan Lopez, who starred in Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros, expressed concern for the actor who portrayed his father in the said indie film.

Nathan visited Mang Sol and asked him for a hug. “Payakap naman ako, namiss kita, e!” exclaimed Nathan.

The young actor asked Mang Sol if it’s true that he sleeps in Baywalk sometimes. Mang Sol confirmed this by saying, “Oo imbitahan kita matulog doon minsan.”

After their encounter, Nathan gave his observations: “Nafi-feel ko sa kanya, nilalapitan ko pa lang siya, iba na yung atmosphere kaysa noong una ko siyang nakita. Una ko siyang nakasama, bata pa ako, mga 14 years old ako noong Maximo…Nalungkot ako para sa kanya. Gusto ko siyang tulungan.

“Sana mabigyan siya ng break sa pag-arte. Sa tingin ko dun siya mabubuhay, dun siya magiging masaya.”


STILL AN ARTIST AT HEART. Mang Sol then talked about his plans for the future.

He replied, “Ang plano ko may kumuha sa aking Australian filmmaker na sampung araw sa CamSur [Camarines Sur]. Pag naandun na ako, di na muna ako babalik sa Manila muna. Pupunta ako down south. Pupunta ako sa mga regional filmmakers para mag-aral ng pangalawang lenggwahe.”

What is his message to those who are “disturbed” by his present condition?

Mang Sol said gratefully, “Ako na o-overwhelm sa compassion ng tao dahil siguro sa performance ko. Itong nagaganap sa akin ay transmutasyon lang ng aking pagkatao. Kung mag-aalala kayo, nasa inyo na ‘yon. Ito’y magiging bagahe sa inyong pagtulog.”

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What are his plans for Christmas?

He said, “Nangako ako sa isang kaibigan na doon ako magpa-Pasko. Maghahanap siguro ako uli ng isang lugar na maaaring akong magdasal.

“Yung teatro ang aking parang… Kailangan kong magdasal. Hindi ako makapagdasal kung hindi ako lilikha. Ang paglikha ay pagdarasal.”

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho already gave some medication to Soliman Cruz. Family members and friends of the character actor can contact these numbers to extend their help: Tel. No. 982-7777 local 1426 / 1427


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