10 years after death, FPJ’s spirit lives on

Alexa Villano
10 years after death, FPJ’s spirit lives on
People remember FPJ not only for his movies, but also for his character, says daughter Grace Poe
MANILA, Philippines – It’s been 10 years, but in the hearts of many, most especially of those nearest and dearest to him, Fernando Poe Jr’s spirit lives on. 

His daughter, Senator Grace Poe, said that while everyone remembers her father’s movies down to the iconic lines, they also remember the good deeds he accomplished in his lifetime.

Marami sa ating ang nakakaalala sa mga pelikula ni FPJ. Sino ba naman ang hindi nakakalimot sa pelikulang katulad ng Panday, Kapag Puno na Ang Salop, Muslim 357, Kahit Konting Pagtingin. O mga dialogue na ‘Pinuno mo na ang salop, Judge dapat ka nang kalusin’ or ‘Isang bala ka lang.’ Lahat iyan ay hindi natin nakakalimutan. Ngunit si FPJ ay hindi nakakalimutan dahil lang sa mga pelikula niya. Naalala natin si FPJ dahil sa kanyang pagkatao at pakikitungo sa tao,” she said during the 10th death anniversary commemoration of the actor in North Cemetery, Sunday, December 14.

(Many of us remember FPJ’s films. Who will not remember movies like Panday, Kapag Puno na Ang Salop, Muslim 357, Kahit Konting Pagtingin? Or dialogues such as ‘Pinuno mo na any salop, Judge, dapat ka nang kalusin, or Isang bala ka lang.’ All of these we will never forget . But FPJ is remembered not just for his movies. Everyone remembers FPJ because of his humanity and the way he treated people.)

FPJ’s friend and supporter Rez Cortez agreed. 

Sa tingin ko ang 10 taon ng kanyang paglisan ay wala lang siya dito pero ang espiritu niya ay kasama pa rin natin at nakikita ko na nalalapit na ang bagong umaga,” he said. 

(I think in the 10 years since his death, he is not physically here, but his spirit is still with us and we see the coming of a new day.) 

Cortez, who was one of the supporters of the late actor when he ran for the 2004 elections, also praised Sen. Grace Poe, whom he said is doing well in her job as a public servant.

During the mass, Poe was asked what would have been her father’s advice to her if her were still alive. Her mother Susan Roces was also at the event. 

Siguro sasabihin ng tatay ko sa akin ay maging sinsero sa anumang gagawin– magpakatotoo kung ito ba ay makakayanan ko. Pangalawa ang sasabihin niya talaga, ang desisyon mo ay hindi para sa sarili mo kung hindi ang ikabubuti ng mas nakararami,”  she said. (READ: 2016 talk follow Grace Poe, VP Binay at FPJ anniversary

I think my father will advice me to be sincere about everything I plan to. I have to be honest to know if I can do this. Second, he will tell me that my decision should be based on what will benefit the majority, not just myself.)

Sa kahit anong sitwasyon, kailangan handa ka at sa kahit anong sitwasyon, lalo na sa gobyerno, kinakailangan ang intensyon mo ay para mapabuti ang pamumuhay ng mas nakararami, hindi lang para sa sarili mo,” she said.

(In any situation, you have to be prepared especially in government. Your intentions should be for the people’s welfare, not for yourself.)  

Born Ronald Allan Kelly Poe, Fernando Poe Jr was called the “King of Philippine Movies.” He ran for president in 2004 but lost to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. – Rappler.com

 

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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.