Showbiz and theater circles woke up to sad and shocking news on Wednesday, when the death of 15-year-old talent Julia Louise Buencamino—daughter of veteran thespians and movie and TV actors Nonie and Shamaine Buencamino—surfaced in online reports.
It was www.abs-cbnnews.com, which first broke the story before dawn with initial reports that Julia, who stars in the network’s ongoing afternoon youth drama series Oh My G!, was declared dead on arrival at the Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital in San Juan City. The family’s household help had found the dead body of the young actress hanging from the ceiling of the Buencamino residence in Quezon City at around 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
The online article also wrote that Julia’s father Nonie had requested the police to refrain from pursing further investigation as he is convinced that his daughter committed suicide.
Oh My G!, is a series that tackles teenage faith amid the Internet age. Julia played the supporting role of Aimee Chua, one of main character Sophie Cepeda’s close friends, portrayed by Janella Salvador.
In an Instagram post, Janella (@superjanella) wrote, “I am deeply saddened and shocked. No words. Rest in peace, bestie @hoolianabanana. May your soul be guided by G.”
Via cell phone, The Manila Times learned from Julia’s manager, Ricky Gallardo of the Talent Factory, that the young actress had neither shown signs of depression nor seemed problematic before the tragic incident. Her parents cannot fathom what may have forced their daughter to take her own life.
Gallardo, who also handles the careers of the noted showbiz and theater couple, said he immediately rushed to Cardinal Santos when he heard what happened on Tuesday evening to be with the Buencaminos for support.
Gallardo further shared the official statement of Nonie and Shamaine on the heart breaking death of their daughter:
“We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our beloved daughter Julia Buencamino.
“We would like to make a firm request to allow us to mourn her passing in private. We make this appeal for privacy also on behalf of those close to us, who wish to remember Julia and celebrate her life in peace and quiet.
“We thank you for your love, understanding, and prayers of support during this time of profound grief. Julia led a beautiful and blessed life, and she will be fondly remembered and terribly missed by her family and friends.”
A Manila Times source who was at the hospital emergency room when Julia was taken in on Tuesday evening said that as doctors confirmed Julia had a happy family life, they suggested that unexplained suicides may be the cause of an undiagnosed psychological condition, or, in teenagers’ cases, a result of his or her environment outside the home.
“It is not always the parents’ fault that their child commits suicide,” recounted the source from a pediatric doctor. “A teenager may well have a happy family life, but once he or she leaves the house, he or she may encounter peer pressure they find difficult to deal with, or even drugs in a host of different environments.”
Julia is survived by her parents Nonie and Shamaine, and siblings Delphine, Gorio and Jose. Her wake will be at the Mt. Carmel Church in New Manila, Quezon City beginning tonight. With report from Euden Valdez