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Veteran showbiz writer, radio talent passes away

Veteran showbiz writer, radio talent passes away
2003-10-09 02:23:00(LA) / 2003-10-09 18:23:00(Manila)

WELL-LOVED veteran broadcaster and writer Julie Fe Navarro died a few hours after she prayed the Holy Rosary with her five children in her hospital room on Tuesday night at the Makati Medical Center.

Navarro, popularly known in show biz circles as Julie Fe, died of multiple organ failure triggered by cancer of the endometrium, the lining of the uterus, according to her daughter Sunshine.

Julie Fe would have been 62 on Nov. 1.

She was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus in January 2002. After undergoing three chemotherapy sessions last year, she finally underwent total hysterectomy or removal of the uterus in May of that year.

“My mom recovered pretty well after her operation,” said Sunshine, a law graduate.

Throughout her illness, Julie Fe, a known cheerful woman, never lost her sense of humor.

“She always said that God was good to her because He didn’t let her hair fall off when she was undergoing chemotherapy sessions,” Sunshine told Inquirer Entertainment last Wednesday, the day after Julie Fe passed away. “But she also said having cancer was like having colds, bumabalik kapag hindi iniingatan.”

Last summer, Julie Fe complained of severe stomach pain. Her former doctor said the pain might have been the after-effect of radiation since Julie Fe’s mammogram or breast X-ray and pap smear showed no sign of recurrence of the cancer, said Sunshine.

Julie Fe was the host of the show biz radio program “Show Biz with Julie Fe,” every Sunday between 1 and 2:30 p.m. on dzRH.

She was also the director of “Matudnila,” the longest-running soap opera on dzRH.

She was also a respected radio drama talent, who could “act” with her very versatile voice. She played different radio characters, from little children to old women, even in her younger days.

She was entertainment editor of People’s Tonight, where she also wrote her “Surfer” column, until June 2003 when she resigned from the Journal Group of Companies.

Julie Fe had also played small roles in some movies.

Sunshine said her mother became depressed after her resignation, but she continued to write and to host her radio show. Julie Fe had also contributed some feature stories in Inquirer Entertainment earlier this year.

Even when she was already in the hospital, Julie Fe would still go on the air on her radio program and would write her articles.

Last August, Navarro was confined at the St. Luke’s Medical due to severe loss of appetite. Sunshine said her mother would always vomit.

Doctors found a tumor in Julie Fe’s small intestine.

“Her doctors required six chemotherapy sessions, but we could not afford the chemotherapy, which cost about P40,000 per session,” said Sunshine.

Last Thursday, Julie Fe’s children brought her to the Makati Medical Center, where doctors told them her cancer was in its terminal stage.

“Her doctors said they would try their best to cure her,” said Sunshine. “They did not want us to lose hope.

“But they also said it was no use prolonging her pain,” the daughter added.

Julie Fe’s remains lie in state in Chapel C of the Arlington Memorial Chapels on Araneta Avenue in Quezon City, and will be cremated on Sunday, 2 p.m., at the Eternal Gardens Memorial Park, also in Quezon City.

Julie Fe is survived by her mother Julia, brothers Felipe Jr., Jeremy and Hamilton, children Paul, Sweetheart, Sunshine, Sugar and Mike.

Julie Fe earlier also directed other programs for Manila Broadcasting Co., like Cecile Guidote-Alvarez’s “Radyo Balintataw,” Gina de Venecia’s “Pira-Pirasong Pangarap” and “Text Love.”

In the early ’80s, she hosted the afternoon show biz program “Sine Silip” with the late entertainment writer Oskee Salazar. (INQ7)

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