Nadia Montenegro ready to make peace with Gretchen Barretto

"Honestly, sa pagkatao ko talaga, if I see her, I'm sure I'mgonna smile. Sana, sana it can still be the same as before, which I really doubt [that]things are gonna be the same again. But, again, it's 2009, wala na akong galitkahit kanino," says Nadia Montenegro about Gretchen Barretto.


Last Christmas Eve, former actress Nadia Montenegro consulted her doctor because herleft eye had lost vision. The doctor found out that the retina had a tear. Unless treated, her right eye could be affected and she would go blind.

"It's something to do with my immune system na kung hindi koagapan, pati right eye ko baka mangyari rin, kasi may implant din ako sa righteye," explained Nadia to GMA News reporter Lhar Santiago in an interview shown earliertonight, January 15, in 24 Oras.

Nadia had an operation last January 6 to repair the damagedretina on her left eye. Her vision improved slightly butthe medication is not yet over.

"Another laser," Nadia said. "Kung maaagapan ng laser,hindi na gagawin yung second surgery sa eye ko."

FRIENDSHIP'S SECOND WIND? Year 2008 was not too good for Nadia. She had rifts withseveral people; including columnist Cristy Fermin, talentmanager Rose Flaminiano, and close friend Gretchen Barretto. Her health also suffered a lot last year—she had a mild stroke in October and herleft eye went blind before Christmas day.

Now, Nadia wants to start 2009 right. She is nowready to greet Gretchen, who was her friend since theywere kids, should they bump into each other.

"Honestly, sa pagkatao ko talaga, if I see her, I'm sure I'mgonna smile. Sana, sana it can still be the same before, which I really doubt [that]things are gonna be the same again. But, again, it's 2009, wala na akong galitkahit kanino," assured Nadia.

Gretchen, too, has already been open to reconciliationwith her old friend.

In an interview with PEP last November 13, Gretchen said: "Walangproblema sa aking magpakumbaba, hindi problema sa akin 'yon. Mahal ko si Nadia,mamahalin ko siya kahit anong mangyari.

"Alam mo, kami rin ang magtutulunganniyan kapag may nangyari sa akin. Kapag nalaman niyang naoperahan ako oooperahan ako o may sakit ako, siya ang unang-unang tatakbo. At kapag alam ko,nalaman ko na may sakit si Nadia or may kailangan siya, ako rin ang unang-unangtatakbo."

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