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Pokwang stays strong as mom’s condition worsens

MANILA – Comedienne Pokwang wasn’t her usual funny self during a recent interview where she talked about her ailing mother Gloria, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

The “Till I Met You” actress revealed that the condition of her mother has worsened and that she is trying to stay strong for her.

“Dinadaan ko na lang sa patawa, pero sobrang lungkot ko. Hindi ko ipinapakita sa kanya na malungkot ako, na umiiyak ako,” she was quoted to have said in an article on entertainment site Push.

Pokwang said her mother has already lost her memories to the point that she no longer knows her and her siblings’ names.

“Yung si Dino, ;yung bunso namin na paborito niyang anak, hindi na din niya kilala. Pati si Mae (Pokwang’s daughter), wala, hindi na niya kilala. Kaya nga kapag wala akong trabaho, talagang sa bahay lang ako para makasama ko si mama,” said Pokwang.

“Wala na siyang emosyon. Tulala na siya. Ayaw na niyang kumain. Wala na siyang konsepto ng lungkot o saya. Kahit ‘yung caregiver niya, kapag hindi niya gusto, inaaway niya. Sinasakal niya. Kaya aaliwin na lang namin at papatawanin,” she added.

Pokwang said her mother is also one of the reasons she is transferring to a smaller house soon.

“Two-storey lang itong lilipatan namin. Gusto ko, katabi ng room ko ang room ni mama. Sa dating bahay kasi, nasa third floor ako, tapos si mama sa baba. Ang daming stories nga ‘di ba na nakakaalis si mama ng room niya. Malalaman na lang namin, nasa guard house na. Itong bagong bahay, mas tight ang security, lola-friendly and hindi kataasan,” she said.

Pokwang and her family will transfer to their new house during the first week of December.

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