Ely Buendia transferred to Philippine Heart Center
Buendia had experienced chest pains and reportedly collapsed after the first set of the long-awaited Eraserheads reunion concert at the Bonifacion Global City open field Saturday night.
According to ABS-CBN reporter Jeff Canoy, the singer was brought out of the Makati Medical Center in a stretcher. Buendia’s family has declined to comment on his condition.
Buendia’s friend filmmaker Joyce Bernal has denied that the singer suffered a heart attack. She said Buendia suffered chest pains due to the stress brought about by his mother’s recent death and exhaustion due to the rehearsals for the Eraserheads reunion concert.
Buendia’s mother died of cardiac arrest early morning of August 28. She had been recovering from surgery done just days before to treat her intestinal cancer.
The concert’s producer Francis Lumen, who is also the owner of MTV Philippines, said that Buendia is resting to recover from stress and exhaustion.
Buendia’s family is requesting the media to refrain from interviews and shooting video of the singer.
The Eraserheads vocalist was rushed to the Makati Medical Center Saturday night a little past 10 pm, cutting Eraserheads concert shout. Bandmembers and Buendia’s sister informed the crowd about what happened to the singer.
Buendia’s sister announced at the concert that the Eraserheads’ frontman “is in a lot of physical and emotional stress lately.”
Despite his mother’s death on August 28, the Eraserheads vocalist decided to push through with the concert, anyway.
There are unconfirmed reports that Buendia suffered a heart attack.
A witness at the Makati Medical Center emergency room told abs-cbnNEWS.com that Buendia appeared unconscious and was taken to the critical care area late Saturday night.
The witness said several doctors rushed to Buendia and a minor commotion ensued. The witness also said that the news going around the ER was that the singer had a heart attack.
Buendia had a previous heart attack in January 2007. He underwent two angioplasty procedures (a surgical operation where narrowed or blocked arteries are widened) at the Philippine Heart Center after doctors found at least two blockages in his arteries.
Doctors said the singer has a history of heart disease in his family and was genetically predisposed to it.
The Eraserheads reunion concert became controversial after its first sponsor, cigarette-maker Philip Morris, was accused of violating Philippine laws prohibiting tobacco companies from sponsoring concerts and other promotional events.
When Philip Morris pulled out of the production due to legal concerns, it was Lumen who took over the sponsorship of the show.
The Eraserheads was the most successful Filipino band of the 1990s. They broke up in 2002. With a report from Jeff Canoy