MANILA — (UPDATED) After a months-long break from social media, actor Diego Loyzaga surprised his fans early this week with an update which they took as a hint of his nearing showbiz comeback.
Loyzaga, whose abrupt exit from the afternoon drama “Los Bastardos” made headlines in December 2018, had been going through a personal struggle, according to his mother, screen veteran Teresa Loyzaga, in a past interview.
The 24-year-old actor’s rare update on Twitter, where he has nearly 400,000 followers, was a photo set of him with his mother, simply captioned “Mum,” with heart emojis.
Mrs. Loyzaga last spoke publicly of her son’s recovery from depression in a “Magandang Buhay” episode that aired in July.
At the time, she called on those who might be similarly going through depression to reach out, and urged the public to end the stigma surrounding the condition and more openly talk about it.
In Diego’s case, according to Mrs. Loyzaga, part of his recovery was to totally avoid using gadgets — which now explains his extended absence from social media as well.
His recent online activity, at least to followers awaiting his screen return, may be a sign that Diego has made strides in improving his condition.
“Ayaw namin kayong i-let down,” Mrs. Loyzaga said in her July interview. “Soon we will be able to give you a date and we will be able to say yes… I promise you the day will come when he returns, hindi namin kayo bibitinin. Hindi namin kayo pagsu-suwapangan ng panahon, oras at talento. Babalik siya.”
A group in the Philippines is dedicated to addressing those who may be going through depression. The crisis hotlines of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation aim to make these individuals feel that someone is ready to listen to them.
These are their hotline numbers:
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917 558 HOPE (4673)
2919 (toll-free number for all GLOBE and TM subscribers)