After son’s death, Tirso says ‘show must go on’

MANILA — The show must go on for veteran actor Tirso Cruz III after the death of his eldest son TJ Cruz.

TJ passed away after a months-long battle with cancer.

In a media conference on Thursday for the movie “Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles” starring Coco Martin, Vic Sotto and Maine Mendoza, Cruz shared that he was doing fine.

“I’m fine. I’m coping with the situation in life. Sabi nga nila ‘yung mga taga-showbiz alam naman yata ng lahat ito, there’s saying na the ‘show must go on no matter what,'” Cruz said.

“Dumarating ang mga tao sa entablado, sa pelikula, nagtutungo roon ang mga tao upang ma-entertain, upang makapanood ng magandang palabas kaya dapat na iihiwalay namin yung personal namin doon sa trabaho namin. Kapag trabaho, trabaho,” he said. 

“Yung personal will come later and alam ko naman na ang mga Pilipino at likas sa atin ‘yon, kapag nalaman nila na kung may pinagdadaanan ang mga tao, nauunawaan nila yon. Of course kami naman bilang mga artista ang unang tungkulin namin ay ibigay ang talento namin at ibigay ang inaasahan ng mga tao,” he said.

Cruz said he was thankful to his parents and to his showbiz colleagues who were there to remind him how to separate work from his personal life.

“Nagpapasalamat lang din ako sa naituro sa akin ng mga magulang ko at natutunan ko sa kapwa artista ko, gaya nga nung kung may pinagdadaanang kang mabigat sarilinin mo muna. Paglingkuran mo muna yung pinagkakautangan mo ng utang na loob mo sa trabaho mo, sa tungkulin mo. Of course hindi naman siya second place, then yung personal mo saka maa-attend-an after work,” Cruz shared.

One of the original cast members of “Ang TV” in 1992, TJ starred in films including “Eskapo” and “Rollerboys” before stepping out of the limelight in 2003.

He founded Spike for Hope, a volleyball tournament that aims to raise funds for children with critical illnesses.