"She's okay, but then again, it's too early for me to say details. But she's okay and we've survived it emotionally and we're back on normal life."
This was the good news that actor Albert Martinez shared to the entertainment press during the thanksgiving press conference of May Bukas Pa last night, August 3, at the 9501 restaurant in ABS-CBN compound.
Although he refused to give detailed update on the current condition of his wife, who have been diagnosed with breast cancer late last year, Albert assured that "we're back to normal. We're having life as normal as everybody's life, lahat okay."
When the news broke out about the health condition of Liezl, the only daughter of former movie queen Amalia Fuentes and former heartthrob Romeo Vasquez, Albert and their children chose to keep the details to themselves. (Click here to read related article)
"We're in showbiz pero we're not showbiz, we want to keep everything in private," Albert explained. "The only reason I'm talking about it now is because nalusutan na namin, e. Ayaw ko rin naman bigyan ng stress ang asawa ko because of interviews. I want to give her the privacy and I want her to go through this in our own way. Now, with flying colors, we survived it. And we thank God for being there and making sure that when we wake up in the morning, my loving wife will be there."
Albert admitted that the ordeal of his wife somehow affected his job as an actor.
He stated, "Magiging ipokrito ako kapag sinabi kong hindi ako naapektuhan at work. Yes, of course, naapektuhan ako and it was hard. Then again, kailangan kong i-deliver kung ano ang required sa akin as far as character is concerned. Siguro, in between takes, doon mo lamang mare-realize na, 'Wait a minute, oo nga pala, meron pa nga palang side na kailangan pang harapin.' During takes, nakakalimutan ko 'yon because I work. But in between takes, doon ko nare-realize, when you sit down and it crosses your mind again."
He added that even his children were affected, they still managed to cope with the situation.
"It's hard to say, pero the impact sa family namin was really hard, especially sa mga bata," Albert said. "Siyempre, it's not a joke, di ba? It's very painful and it's something na we're not prepared. I'm just going through life, kumbaga, on a day-to-day basis, and how to handle it. But thank God because of prayers and all that, emotionally we are okay. Now, we can live a normal life again."
Albert also mentioned that Liezl's battle against cancer became a wake-up call to their family.
He said, "It happens to everyone.' Then, it happens to someone you love, someone dear to you, it's a wake-up call na, teka muna, we have to clean up our act, eat the right food, stay away from eating food that's bad for you and enjoy life per day. Kumbaga, marami kaming dapat na-realize early, but we realized it now because of this.
"Actually, blessing din siya, kasi now we're enjoying our time more because of the situation, because of whatever happens. Siguro ginising lang kami, 'O, time to enjoy life, day to day enjoy-in n'yo 'yan.'"
MAY BUKAS PA. Meanwhile, the award-winning actor said that being part of the cast of ABS-CBN's higg-rating primetime series May Bukas Pa was also timely because it taught him to have stronger faith in God.
"Ang maging part ng ganitong klaseng show, it's very humbling actually," Albert said. "It's the first time na gumawa ako ng show na it serves as an inspiration and guidance sa ating mga televiewers. It gives them hope and it gives them stronger faith. So, parang mayroon kang sense of obligation ngayon compared to other shows that I have done, na it's all parang drama lang. Ngayon, hindi na, e. Ngayon, it's become personal, it becomes closer to home. It becomes closer you, it becomes part of you. Kung anuman ang ilalabas mo, alam mo may ipi-pick up na magiging aral o magiging halimbawa sa buhay nila."
When doctors said that Liezl has survived breast cancer, Albert thought God answered his prayers.
"Ang prayers ko lang all the time is to keep my family intact, to give my children good future, to save them any harm. 'Yon lang naman ang [pinagdarasal] ko palagi, e. Basta whatever I'm doing, no matter how hard I work, at the end of the day, it's all for my family, all for my children, all for my wife," he said.
Albert also thanked all the people who included his wife in their prayers.
"Because of the love of everyone—love of friends, love of family, prayers from all of our friends. It helped us a lot to go through whatever we're going through," he said.