‘Second life ko na to’: Allan K emotionally opens up on COVID-19 battle

“Ito ang pangalawa kong buhay.”

Veteran comedian Allan K revealed for the first time that he suffered and survived a severe case of COVID-19. 

The Eat Bulaga co-host made the emotional revelation during the Saturday episode of the noontime show’s Bawal Judgmental segment which featured “Dabarkads” who tested positive for COVID-19. 

Allan K said that he never expected that he would contact the virus, sharing that he first thought of his high fever, loss of taste and smell as symptoms of a simple case of flu. 

“Sabi ko hindi ako pwede magka-COVID. Kasi ano ako eh, pag labas, marami akong arte sa katawan. Kulang na lang nga mag-PPE ako pag lumalabas eh tapos kumpleto ako sa vitamins, nag-eexercise pa ko sa bahay, walk, walk, walk” said Allan K. 

“Nag-eenjoy nga ako mag-face mask kasi parang maganda,” he joked.

But Allan K broke down in tears talking about how he was “in denial” of having the virus in the midst of an already tough time.

“In denial ako na mako-COVID ako, kasi nung magsimula ang 2020, masyado nang maraming hindi maganda na nangyari sa buhay ko.”

He recalled losing both his youngest sibling and his sister who lived with him for 17 years before returning to their hometown Bacolod. He also had to shut down his comedy bars Klownz and Zirkoh during this pandemic.

“Namatay silang pareho na nasa pandemic tayo. So sinunog sila na hindi ko sila nakita. Dalawang magkasunod, two months lang pagitan. Tapos, nagsara pa yung dalawa kong bars.

“Sabi ko, hindi puwedeng mangyari sa akin ito kasi alam ko na ‘yun nga diabetic ako, tapos may edad na rin tayo. Ayon kasi sa mga balita, kapag ganoon na yung case mo, malamang sa mamamaalam ka na.”

The comedian went on to share that he got admitted to a hospital in Pasig City where he stayed for two days at the emergency room, and another three days and three nights at the Intensive Care Unit. 

“Parang binagsakan ako ng mundo. Parang, ano ba? Ano ba ‘to? Hindi pa tapos ‘yung taon,” Allan K recalled his reaction upon learning that he tested positive for the coronavirus.

He shared that holding on to his faith helped him get through his battle with COVID-19. 

“Nung nanumbalik yung wisyo ko, lumabas yung pagka-Kristiyano ko. Kumapit ako sa favorite Bible verse ko — Exodus 15:26. Ang sabi nun, ‘I am the God that healeth thee.’ Alam niyo, maya’t maya ko yan sinasabi, ‘Lord you are the God that heals me, you just say the word and you will heal my disease.’

“True enough, alam niyo never ako na intubate. Sa sitwasyon ko, kasi severe yung case ko, hindi siya mild na pwede i-house quarantine lang. Sa akin hindi, nadala ako sa ICU… as in wala ka talagang makita, kwarto lang talaga.

“Hanggang sa sabi ng doctor, ‘You’re improving, akyat ka namin sa ICU din na room pero may makikita ka na window so ma-e-entertain ka kahit papaano.

“Basta tandaan niyo lang, kung hindi kayo palabasa ng Bible, buksan nyo po iyon, Exodus 15: 26, ‘I am the God that healeth thee.'”

He continued, “Thank you Lord! After one week, alam niyo kung sino ang unang nag-text sa akin? Si Bossing (Vic Sotto), sabi niya, ‘Hi Bading, kumusta ka na?’

“Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Heto, Pare, nagpapagaling pa.’ Sabi niya, ‘Kaya mo ‘yan. Virus lang ‘yan, ‘no?’

“Nag-joke din ako. Sabi ko, ‘Oo Bossing, virus lang siya, bakla ako!” he said.

Allan K said that all that happened to him this year taught him a lesson in faith.

“Manalig lang talaga, have faith. Lahat ng pagsubok madadaanan nating lahat. Wag niyong kalilimutan na nandiyan siya,” he said.

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