Paolo Antonio E. Isberto or Pao as he is fondly called by people close to him, is a talented drummer, a son, a brother, a good friend, an artist and a financial advisor. Among all that, he is often remembered as a drummer who made each song as lively as it should. Once he hears a song, he can play it and can immediately follow the beat. Being a drummer - involves the correct timing and proper coordination of both hands and feet to get the beat right. He used to be part of Band JAO, the 90s matinee idol Jao Mapa’s Band. After his short stint in Show Business, he continued his passion for drums in serving the church as part of the Young Adults Ministry in 2003.
Years passed and he noticed that his hands and feet could no longer coordinate, “As if my foot had a mind of its own,” he recalls. It was later on accompanied by slowness of his movement and slurred speech. He had consulted several specialists until he was diagnosed of x-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism or known as “Lubag” in Filipino, last 2015. This is a rare disease which affects men who have a maternal ancestry in Panay Group of Islands. The disease is progressive and degenerative*. This explained the changes he was feeling especially in his movements. He was devastated when he learned about this. “Hindi naman ako mayaman pero bakit ako binigyan ng sakit na pangmayaman,” he said. After coming to terms with this, he accepted his fate even if it’s not easy. He said, “Hindi pa naman ako mamatay. I am sure that God has plans kaya Niya binigay sa akin.” He continues to serve in the community and is still active in his job as a financial consultant but on a limited capacity.
News came in several months ago, when his neurologist told him that there is a way to delay the progression of the disease and to manage the symptoms through Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure used to treat a variety of disabling neurological symptoms—most commonly the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), such as tremor, rigidity, stiffness, slowed movement, and walking problems.**
The good thing is that the procedure is readily available here in the Philippines; however the cost would be around PhP 2,000,000.00.
We are knocking and hoping for your generosity in helping him get his beat back. He drummed his way into the hearts of his family and friends and we are passing the beat to you hoping that you could support him in his journey.
If you want to anonymously help Pao, you may send money here(just inform the teller it's an anonymous donation or they would think it's a glitch) or you may inform the bank it's a donation(I won't get a single centavo from this)or a blessing for him:
BPI Account #:
3749 1246 27
Account Name: Paolo Antonio E. Isberto or thru BDO Savings Acct: 001120529873
Acct Name: Paolo Antonio E. Isberto or Mary Roselle D. De Leon