word is out via social media that legendary blues&rock guitarist jun lopito is back on the scene after battling multi-system problems that saw him hospitalized twice.
my brother butch, doctor of internal medicine, has been looking after him — jun’s partner sandra is our niece, their 3-year old lazuli is our apo — and he issued this update upon sandra’s request:
From a low point in his life, health, and music several months ago, when he could barely manage through the day, and even suffered the thought that he might never be able to play again, Jun is indeed better, in many measures of demeanor, and the smile and the light in his face. In many ways, he’s back. And we hope he continues to improve.
However, there remains the diagnoses of the liver condition (cirrhosis and hepatitis C), together with the thyroid and other medical problems. Although he has shown improvement in many measures, short- and long-term prognosis is uncertain, and setbacks and relapses can happen. He will continue to require regular laboratory evaluations, frequent medical follow up, and chronic maintenance therapies.
and this, from sandra:
Jun started to get sick in November last year. We found out about the Hepatitis then but there were other abnormal results and he was feeling a lot of things that may not have been all due to Hepatitis. He continued to undergo tests but became very weak and was hospitalized in June for malnutrition, dehydration and pneumonia.
His daughter, Bebop, and I reached out to family and friends and the response was immediate and overwhelming. Word spread quickly and help poured in from family, friends, musicians, fans, writers, friends from distant places and from many many years ago. It saw us through the very complicated work-up and two hospitalizations. We can’t thank them enough. Jun really got by with help from his friends.
Jun is doing well and is in better spirits. He will continue with regular follow up to prevent complications of cirrhosis, possible treatment of Hepatitis and management of other medical problems. He hopes to be able to jam someday with all who’ve helped, and offers his time and music to his Buddhist faith.
as medical expenses mounted, it was heartwarming that pinoy musicians, young and old, babyboomers and generations x, y, and z alike, rose to the occasion as they always do when fellow musikeros are in need, knowing full well that government, not to speak of the music industry that embraces the likes of annekapal, cares little for true pinoy artists like jun lopito, never mind that he is the greatest blues guitarist this side of the planet.
Pure Soul: A Benefit for Jun Lopito by Jason Caballa 16 June 2014
Blues for Jun Lopito by Mitch Meñez 18 May 2014
Fundraisers set for ailing Pinoy Rock icon Jun Lopito by Edwin Sallan 14 May 2014
Blues for a Blues Man by Miggy Matute 14 May 2014
“Pure Souls” by Jun Lopito by Radio Republic 14 Jan 2014
Up close with guitar god, ‘regular guy’ Jun Lopito by Erwin Oliva 1 February 2013
Jun Lopito on Buddha Blues You by Aldus Santos 18 June 2014, originally published August 2012