Friday the 13th is regardedas an unlucky day by some people, and true enough, some become unwittingvictims of this superstition.
Prandksters can use this day to spread morbid rumors meant to shock people, especially if the rumor is aboutthe death of a showbiz personality, like singer Jaya. Text messages spread out last Friday, June 13,explaining in gory detail the cause of Jaya's death. It said that Jaya got intoa car crash and was instantly killed.
VERY ALIVE. Today,StarTalk belied the ugly rumor by interviewing none other than the supposedly dead singer herself.Jaya's voice sounded very much alive and well. When Lolit greetedher, Jaya exclaimed, "'Nay Lolit, buhay pa ako!"
Lolit asked how or why the rumor spread and Jayagave a possible explanation.
"Sa totoo lang, hindi ko alam kasi kahapon [June13] nga, mall tour ako ng hapon. Sabi ko, ‘Uwi na tayo,' sa driver ko. ‘Alam monaman na Friday the 13th. Alam mo naman na malapit ang mgaaksidente.' So natapos yun, e, okay naman kami.
"I came home at around 7:30 p.m. Sabi ko sa asawa ko namanood kami ng sine. So nanood kami ng sine. Ora mismo pagdating ng bahay, nagpalitlang ako, umalis kami. In the middle of the movie, mga 10:30 p.m., nag-ringyung cell phone ko. Si Ms. D [Darling de Jesus, GMA-7 executive], tumatawag.Akala ko naman, tungkol sa trabaho so sinagot ko ng medyo mahina ang boses."
Darling's call to Jaya prompted her to go to the cinemalobby to better hear Ms. D. Atfirst, Jaya thought she was going to be fired.
"May bad news," Darling told her. "May balitang kumakalat.Patay ka na dahil sa car accident."
As bad luck would have it, Jaya and her husband werewatching a horror flick, so the news didn't need to sink in and absolutelyterrify her.
MESSAGE TO THEPRANKSETR. Jaya related to StarTalkhow all the people she knew in GMA-7 got the said prank text. It was enough foreveryone to freak out and immediately got Ms. D to contact Jaya.Jaya tried in vain to find the culprit.
"Hindi ko talaga ma-pinpoint kung sino yung tao na maypakana ng hindi nakakatawang joke," Jaya said.
To cheer up Jaya, Lolit said, "Di bale na.Jaya. Ang dami-daming artistang ganyan na laging nagiging biktima ng chismis,pero sila pa ang humahaba ang buhay!"
"Kung may sampung gusto sa iyo, e, may sampung ayaw din saiyo," Jaya agreed. "So, kaunting ingat at maraming dasal dahil... ‘Tulad ko po natahimik at hindi gumagawa ng gimmick. Kung sino po ‘yan na nag-imbento niyan nahindi nakakatawang joke, I will pray for that person because that was not ahilarious joke."
Just to make sure that people would see thatJaya was indeed still alive, Lolit said that everyone should watch SOP.Laughing out loud, Jaya added, "Don't forget All Star K! din!"