For her birthday this year, actress Patricia Javier didn’t have a grand celebration. Instead, she visited lupus patients with Ormoc representative Lucy Torres-Gomez and Diwa Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar who is a lupus patient and the president of the Hope For Lupus (HFL) Foundation.
“It started when I got invited to join the surprise birthday party for Cong. Em last May 10, which also happens to be World Lupus Day,” Patricia told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
“It’s the first time that I’ve heard of lupus … I realized that people should be made aware of the illness. That’s when I decided to spend my birthday by participating in a worthwhile cause such as this,” she added.
Lucy, who is also a friend of Emmeline, said she didn’t hesitate to open the exhibit on lupus awareness at the Glorietta mall in Makati.
“As I learned more about lupus, I realized that it’s not like a death sentence, that people can live normal lives if they get the proper treatment and care,” she said.
“In a personal and professional capacity, I pledged support to Em, because looking at the symptoms and now, lupus patients can be anyone, and we just don’t know they have it,” she added.