|Singer April Boy Regino. Photo: ABS-CBN News
MANILA – A tearful April Boy Regino has announced that he will soon be retiring from show business as he continues his battle with prostate cancer.
Citing a television interview over the weekend, Yahoo Asia reported on Tuesday that Regino has decided to bow out from the music industry because he is no longer fit to hold shows or gigs.
The singer behind such hits as “Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin” publicly admitted that he was diagnosed with cancer two years ago.
“Tigil na po ‘ko habang buhay. Ang isang tao dapat tanggapin niya na kahit gustong-gusto niya pa 'yung ginagawa niya, kailangan na din niyang tuldukan,” he was quoted as saying.
As much as he wants to continue his career, the 44-year-old singer said he is left with no other choice as his condition has made him weaker.
“Kapag naririnig ko [ang mga tao], ‘Idol, ‘wag ka titigil, wala na kaming inspirasyon.’ Sasabihin ko, ‘Pasensya na kayo. Mahal ko rin kayo. Pero ‘di ko alam kung bakit gusto ko nang tumigil.’ Siguro sa pagod ko na rin po. Lahat po ng tao dumarating ‘yung pagkapagod. Parang pagod na pagod na ko,” he said.
Regino promised to continue his fight with cancer for his loved ones and his supporters.
“Masayang-masaya po ako dahil sa tulong ng Panginoon nagkaroon na naman ako ng panibagong lakas pero nagpapagaling pa po ako,” he said.
“Nung sinabi po ng asawa ko na, ‘Bumangon ka. Magpalakas ka. Tutulungan tayo ng Diyos. Magdasal lagi tayo na pagalingin ka.’ Wala pong imposible sa Kanya. Naku, napakabait po ng Diyos sa ’kin,” he added.