Veteran actor Eddie Garcia was still able to hold his Best Actor award from Gawad Urian despite being comatose for more than a week now.
The 90-year-old actor seized the top acting prize for his role in the martial-law-themed movie “ML” on Tuesday.
It is his third Gawad Urian recognition after he won the same award in 2000 for his film “Deathrow” and later received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
“ML” director Benedict Mique personally brought the award to the Makati Medical Center where the actor is confined and later showed a photo of Garcia’s hand holding his award and a rosary while he endures to fight for his life.
“It was an emotional situation; we were all happy and sad at the same time. We were also hoping that he can hear us when we spoke to him,” Mique said.
The director added Garcia, who remains in critical condition, was encircled by his friends, his longtime partner Lilibeth Romero, their children, and grandchildren when he “received” his award.
Garcia’s family recently placed him on a “do not resuscitate” status, which means healthcare providers are ordered not to do a cardiopulmonary resuscitation if his breathing or his heart stops beating.
The ageing actor recently gotten a neck fracture while taping for a TV series in Tondo, Manila on June 8. Garcia is being taken care of by a ventilator and given medication to support his blood pressure at the hospital.