August 25, 2021

Filipino Author Eros Atalia Tests Positive For COVID (Severe)

Eros Atalia, the Filipino author behind the Palanca Award-winning book Tatlong Gabi, Tatlong Araw, has tested positive for COVID and is currently hospitalized. Atalia's wife and son also tested for the virus but they are currently doing well. Atalia is suffering from a severe case, is intubated, and in the ICU.

Family, friends, and supporters have set up fund-raising efforts through social media (Facebook) to help deal with Atalia's mounting hospital bills. From a post on Facebook by Filcols Filipinas, Atalia's family has already spent more than 200,000 pesos in his fight against the illness. His bills might go up to a million pesos given that he is a severe case.

Hailing from Cavite City, Atalia is an author, professor, and journalist. Aside from writing works of fiction, he also teaches at the University of Santo Tomas. Previously, he was a resident at the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa. He also co-founded the now defunct local newspaper Responde Cavite.

Atalia has written several major works of fiction, the most well-known of which are Ligo na U, Lapit na Me, Tatlong Gabi, Tatlong, Araw, and Ang Ikatlong Anti-Kristo.

A post on Facebook by Genaro Ruiz Gojo Cruz calling for donations:

"Di ito magugustuhan ni EROS Atalia. Sorry.

Nang magkaroon ng nominasyon para sa mga natatanging nagtapos sa PNU, pareho naming pamantasan, sabi ko kay EROS, ino-nominate ko siya. Ayaw talaga niya. Sabi ko bigay mo lang sa akin ang CV mo, ako na bahala, di talaga niya binigay. Ako na gumawa ng paraan kung saan ako makakakuha ng CV niya. Alam po ninyo, ang totoo, mahiyain itong si EROS. Ayaw na ayaw na may maaabala. Pero mahilig ding mag-alok ng tulong. Alam ba ninyong siya ang namamalengke ng mga gulay ko sa Libertad noong kasagsagan ng lockdown last year? Pinili ko itong pic namin na nakatalikod siya. Ngayon po, kahit alam kong aayawan talaga ito ni EROS, gawin ko itong munting paraan para kahit papaano ay makatulong sa lumalaki niyang bayarin sa ospital.

Kritikal ang lagay ni EROS at kasalukuyang nasa ICU, humihingi po sana ako sa inyo ng munting tulong, anumang halaga ay malaking-malaki na. Salamat po! Mag-ingat po tayong lahat.

Ipagdasal po natin ang lahat. Isama na rin po natin sa ating dasal si EROS.

Heto po ang Gcash ng wife niya na kagagaling lang din sa sakit:"

Jessica T.
(Jessica Rose Tinio-Atalia)
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