May 21, 2019
The last night of the wake of veteran production designer Cesar Hernando at the Funeraria Paz on Araneta Avenue in Quezon City last May 11 could be likened to a certified box office hit, a Vignettes attendee-source said.
A UP professor — he was the elder brother of former colleague and film critic Mario Hernando who passed away two years ago — most of the mourners were students of the award-winning showbiz denizen.
Cesar had done production design work mostly in Mike de Leon’s films like “Sister Stella L,” “Batch ’81” and “Kisapmata,” among others. Of course, de Leon couldn’t afford to not be at the wake, joined by a handful of actors like Sid Lucero whose late father, actor Mark Gil, starred in “Batch ’81” from whom he got his screen name.
The Vignettes source said that the crowd was too thick that they hardly noticed John Lloyd Cruz among those who paid their last respects.
Having seen the actor face-to-face, the tipster described John Lloyd as having deliberately showed up incognito, “He had such a thick beard that anyone who saw him would say he looked like an ermitanyo. But in fairness, John Lloyd looked as though he didn’t mind not staging a showbiz comeback.”
Same source has known the actor from way back, but not vice versa.
“It was in 1995 when a lot in La Vista (a high-end subdivision near Ateneo de Manila University) was up for sale priced at P40 million. I learned later that it was John Lloyd who purchased it. But I wasn’t sure if he had a house built on it. Ang alam ko kasi, may naipundar siyang property sa Valle Verde in Pasig. Twenty years later (2015), guess how much the La Vista property fetched…twice as much!” the tweety bird informed.
It’s been nearly three years since John Lloyd Cruz had left showbiz. No TV shows, no movies, no other income-generating work except a recent commercial endorsement.
“John Lloyd must have saved a lot, so would he still want to go back? I think it’s the artist in him that prevails, yung tipong he doesn’t mind if wala siyang masyadong kinikita as long as he’s happy. Yes, as long as he’s happy with Ellen Adarna,” the source quipped.
“Nakaalis na siya ng lamay without people even noticing he was around.”
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