On July 2015, the showbiz industry experienced a tragic loss when Julia Buencamino, the youngest daughter of theater actors Nonie and Shamaine Buencamino, took her own life at the age of 15.
Her sudden passing raised a lot of questions in people's minds, and also served as a timely reminder to create more awareness regarding mental health issues and depression.
For Nonie and Shamaine, this paved the way for the launching of "The Julia Buencamino Project," which began in October 2015.
WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME? July 2018 marked the third death anniversary of Julia, and Nonie and Shamaine put up a special exhibit to honor the memory of their daughter.
This event was called "Will You Still Love Me? Exploring Tools to Care for People with Mental Health Issues."
Held at Whitespace Manila in Makati, the exhibit served as a platform for individuals and families to talk about their personal experiences and encounters with mental health and depression.
The title "Will You Still Love Me?" was derived from one of Julia's poems.
Her poem read: "When my
"I really am
In an article by Inquirer.net, Shamaine revealed that the title of the event came to her in a dream.
She hoped that this event could "continue the conversation [about mental health]... explore tools on how to care for people affected by mental health issues so that they will feel and know that we still love and will always love them, even if they are broken..."
Julia would have celebrated her 18th birthday on December 5, 2017.
In a Facebook post, Shamaine revealed that her daughter dabbled with the idea of having a "medieval-themed debut."
The memorial exhibit will be open until tomorrow, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission is free.