How can people forget about the sweet darling of the mass, Julie Vega?
Before we have Judy Ann Santos and Claudine Barretto, there was first Julia Pearl Postigo, popularly known as Julie Vega, an admired actress and singer during her generation up until now. She began her career at an early age of three as a television commercial model. She starred in the film "Mga Mata ni Angelita," a 1978 hit, which was considered to be her first major lead film that earned her respect, admiration and popularity. Julie Vega's career also includes "Mga Basang Sisiw," "Durugin Si Totoy Bato," "Mother Dear," and "Daddy's Little Angels."
Her career blossomed more when she was chosen to play the lead role in GMA-7's soap opera "Anna Liza." Playing the lead role made her earn the sympathy of the viewing public and eventually made her the newest "darling" in the industry.
Unfortunately, Julie's health began to deteriorate believed to be caused by stress and fatigue. Julie was at that time struggling to balance work and her studies. She developed a disease called bronchopneumonia, which is the reason for her untimely death.
The people deeply grieved on the sudden death of the young actress (who was then 16 years old). The fans and the industry loved her greatly because she was able to touch many lives being an actress and a singer.
Soon after this tragedy, rumors began to circulate that the untimely death of the beloved actress is not caused merely by weakened health but by elements not of this world. People believed that she and her family were influenced by other forces they can't control.
The most famous controversy surrounding Julie Vega's death was that her health degenerated after filming the movie "Lovingly Yours, Helen." It is a Sunday afternoon program aired on GMA-7 from 1980 to 1996, which then turned into an anthology movie on 1984 because of its popularity.
Julie has been sick since last year but this was a well-guarded secret. "Mga sadista kasi ang ibang press people at konti lang ang nagmamahal sa kanya," her father said in grief.
In the first movie episode of "Lovingly Yours, Helen," Julie Vega starred as a girl possessed by an evil entity. The film was done in an old house in Mt. Manalmon, located in the town of San Miguel, province of Bulacan.
They say that Julie used to be very lively and active, until the time they were filming the horror film. They believed that the spirits felt they were disturbed and disrespected by the people doing the film. The spirits or engkantos, which are believed to have caused her unexpected illness, might have taken a liking to the pretty star.
According to one account, when Julie and the crew were filming the movie, she saw a child with beards several times in the temporary comfort room that the staff built. They even sacrificed a chicken to appease the being and to show respect to the place.
The albularyos (folk healer or medicine man) strongly believed that Julie Vega's body just "appears" to be dead. They say that the engkantos (enchanted ones) have taken Julie Vega's soul to go with them, but she is actually still alive. They said they could have performed a certain ritual so Julie Vega could go back to her earthly body, but it was too late already. And of course, most people won't believe such things.
Still, other people say that Julie Vega now resides with the engkantos, dancing with them around the woods of Mt. Manalmon.
While this is the belief of the townsfolk, others believed that the family has faced several unlucky events after Julie purchased their house.
People at the chapel who condoled with the family recalled that the Postigos weren't lucky in the house they had bought with Julie's earnings in 1982. Less than a hundred days after the purchase, second son Jeffrey was stabbed to death inside a car.
Mrs. Postigo has just realized what the omen of the manghuhula (clairvoyant) meant:
"When Mrs. Postigo sought a clairvoyant to identify her son's killer, the woman told her: "Misis, may anak ba kayong babae? Ingatan ninyo sya. Ipagdasal nyo sya. Malapit na siyang mawala sa inyo." Mrs. Postigo remembered the warning only when Julie became seriously ill..."
True or just a coincidence?
After hearing something like this and that something really happened afterward, one would really wonder if the manghuhula really knew what was about to come and that the family didn't heed the warning.
One thing is for sure, the family was very grieved with what had happened in their lives, having lost several members of their kin.
"Dr. Postigo could not contain his grief. "Bakit ganito? Bakit mabigat ang buhay para sa akin?" he asked relatives at their home.."
Several reasons emerged regarding the death of the beloved star. Whichever is true, the only accepted truth is that Julie will always be in the hearts of fellow Filipinos who are witness to her role as a public icon.
Julie's role in the horror film is a tough one and takes a lot of effort and dedication, but it should not be the last impression that the angelic face of the actress would imprint on her audience.
Despite everything that had happened, Julie Vega's beauty and talent will forever be cherished by the Filipinos.