- Actress-director Bibeth Orteza’s brother, Dr. Ephraim Neal C. Orteza, passed away due to COVID-19
- Dr. Orteza, 64, was the medical director and pediatrician of Ospital ng Paranaque
- His celebrity sister took to social media to share a heartwarming story about the doctor
- Bibeth said that it was evident from Dr. Neal’s childhood that he was going to grow up as a doctor
Dr. Ephraim Neal C. Orteza, brother of veteran actress-director Bibeth Orteza, passed away on April 8, at the Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa, due to COVID-19.
Aside from being a frontliner in the country’s battle with the pandemic, Dr. Orteza, 64, was also the medical director and pediatrician of Ospital ng Paranaque.
His celebrity sister took to social media to share a heartwarming story about the doctor.
According to the actress-director, it was evident from Dr. Neal’s childhood that he was going to grow up as a doctor.
“Bimboy was my best friend and best enemy when we were growing up. The more studious one, who knew he wanted to be a doctor since Grade One, who earned regular praise for good grades from our Mama, until the day he put the frozen cat he was dissecting inside our refrigerator freezer.
“He married Imelda Olivarez in NYC, but his church wedding he had here. He asked my mother-in-law to be one of his ninangs. And as you know, Armida didn't go to our wedding.
“Before the reception ended, he whispered to me, ‘Talo kita. Si Tita Armida nasa wedding album ko. Sa iyo, wala! Hahahahaha!’
“Among one of the last BS Pre-Med graduates of UP, he was an activist early on, who left BS Circle shortly before graduation. I asked why, and he said, ‘Nahihiya ako to be there. Wala sa personality ko ang maging out in front.’
“He said this, not knowing that he would be one. A frontliner, to the very end.
“Manang Bibeth is so very, very proud,”
KAMI previously reported that Dr. Sally Gatchalian, sister of actress-host Ruby Rodriguez, also died because of COVID-19.
Bibeth Orteza is a veteran actress, director, and writer in the Philippines. Some of her projects include “Hari ng Tondo” (2014), “Inagaw mo ang lahat sa akin” (1995) and “Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After (The Ungasis and Escaleras Adventure)” (2008).
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