Last July 1, showbiz denizens were surprised by the newsthat director Gilbert Perez was stricken by a heart attack while shooting here in thecountry for an ABS-CBN show. The said TV show titled A Time for Us is aco-production with a Malaysian TV network that stars Jericho Rosales andMalaysian actress Carmen Soo.
Manong Gilbert underwent an angioplastylast July 1. This medical procedure involves widening a narrow coronary artery.
Here is the official statement from the Corporate Communications department of ABS-CBN:
"Gilbert Perez, director of ABS-CBN's upcoming show ATime for Us, suffered a heart attack while shooting a scene for theteleserye. When this happened, Jericho Rosales took the initiative to rushDirek Gilbert to St. Luke's Medical Center while Carmen Soo stayed with thedirector's family as they watched over him. Jericho and Carmen stayed on throughout the day, never leaving Manong'sside, providing whatever support to their beloved director in those crucialmoments.
"Manong Gilbert, as he is fondly called in the TV productionindustry, has a history of heart disease. This is his second heart attack.
"As Manong Gilbert fights for dear life, malicious rumorsare spreading that Jericho and Carmen caused the attack to happen. ABS-CBN appeals to those spreading theunfair information to stop the speculation.
"Manong Gilbert is still in St. Luke's Medical Center,Coronary Care Unit. The Kapamilya network is closely monitoring his conditionand requests the public to continue to pray for his speedy recovery."