MANILA -- It's been a while since fans got to see Janine Berdin, who won the second season of "Tawag ng Tanghalan," perform on live television, leading to online chatter ranging from worry to rumors about her getting plastic surgery.
This Tuesday, the singer finally decided to break her silence and clarified that she had been absent from "It's Showtime" and "ASAP Natin 'To" because she was diagnosed with Cushing's Syndrome.
According to medical websites, Cushing's Syndrome is a disorder when the body produces too much "stress hormones," which helps control blood pressure. While that may sound positive and it can be cured, excess of it, though, can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
In her lengthy post, Berdin explained that it was early September when she was found to have had "vocal modules." But trying to treat it only led to her developing Cushing's Syndrome, she said.
“Kaya po namamaga mukha ko," she wrote. "Hindi po ako nagparetoke at alam ko po na hawig ko si Chuckie. At least hindi na ako mukhang undin 'di ba? Charot."
Berdin, who is just 17, said she'd rather not compromise her voice this early in her career and that's why she took a break. She also defiantly added that she will continue to sing despite the harsh criticisms she has been getting about her physical appearance.
"Sumali ako sa 'Tawag ng Tanghalan' to inspire everyone by doing what I love to do -- that is singing. If my voice will be compromised, mas masakit 'yun for me. Mas masakit 'yun kesa sa mga masasakit na salita niyo dahil hindi kayo nagagandahan or natatabaan kayo sa mukha ko," she said.
"Now, as I learn to become a more respectful daughter, I can say that this is still my craft which I want to be the best at. I give my respect to all artists who don't just easily conform," she continued.
Berdin also interestingly apologized to her fans for what will probably be a change in her physical appearance as they fix the swelling on her face due to the Cushing's Syndrome.
"With everything said, I hope you forgive me if I'm not visually up to par with your standards anymore or ever since; you can unfollow me, but I will still sing."
"And I will never stop singing. Because that is what I want, what I have hoped for, and I am."