Eddie Garcia denies having a stroke

Veteran actor Eddie Garcia belied rumors that he had a stroke, even as his absence at the premiere night of his award-winning film “Bwakaw” last August 30 fueled speculations that  he is not in the pink of  health.

“Alive! Nagpa-X-ray ako, tsaka complete physical check-up. Sumakit yung (ulo ko). Binasa ng neurologist, ‘Good news, hindi sungay ang tumubo sa iyo, halo’,” Eddie said in an interview in “TV Patrol” on Wednesday, September 5.

He added that the doctor advised him to take medication for  high blood pressure.

Even if he is known for being health-conscious, Eddie said he doesn’t plan
to undergo stem cell treatment the way other high-profile personalities have.

“Sa tupa yan. Baka mamaya, (kapag) hatinggabi, ‘meh’ (imitating the sound of sheep),” he said in jest.

But when the inevitable comes, Eddie doesn’t want any fanfare.

Instead of a high-profile funeral, he wants to be cremated immediately.

“From death bed, diretso sa crematorium. Tapos may kaibigan akong piloto, itatapon 'yung ashes ko sa dagat, sa Manila bay. That's it. No obituaries,” Eddie said.

The veteran actor finally revealed his real age by showing  his driver’s license, which states that he was born in 1929.  This means Eddie is 83 years old.

Eddie’s current film, “Bwakaw”, for which he won Best Actor at the 2012 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, will be screened  at the Toronto International Filmfest.

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