Pangasinan remembers FPJ

August 24, 2015 at 8:35 am Leave a comment


DAGUPAN CITY – If the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. were still alive, he would have been 76 last August 20.

IDOL. This man makes the thumbs up sign in front of a tarpaulin featuring the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. who would have turned 76 last August 20.

IDOL. This man makes the thumbs up sign in front of a tarpaulin featuring the late movie actor Fernando Poe Jr. who would have turned 76 last August 20.

And to commemorate the day, Pangasinenses tied light blue, yellow and white ribbons on posts and trees along the major highways of Pangasinan, the province where the once “King of Philippine movies” traced his roots. There were also ribbons hanged in front of residences and buildings.

Blue, yellow and white are the campaign colors of her daughter Senator Grace Poe when she ran for senator in 2013. These are still the dominant colors during her sorties in different places of the country.

The elder Poe ran but lost in the 2004 presidential polls to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo by 3.5 percent of the total votes, in what was widely perceived to be a rigged elections.

“We wanted to remember ‘FPJ’ through this simple act of hanging ribbons around trees and electrical posts along the highways. It will also remind Pangasinenses of the person who almost became the president of the country,” Dagupan City former Councilor Dada Reyna, a volunteer working for Senator Grace Poe, said.

Poe was the son and namesake of actor Fernado Poe (Sr.) who was born in San Carlos City.
Aside from the ribbons, tarpaulins printed with “FPJ 76th Birthday Ang Bagong Bayan Poe” were also put in the centers of the 44 towns and four cities of Pangasinan. The tarpaulins bear the photo of the late actor with the Philippine flag as a backdrop.

The tarpaulins were prepared also by volunteers for Grace Poe, said Abe Samson of San Carlos City. More tarpaulins were put in the city, being Poe’s hometown.

As a tribute to the late movie actor, some radio stations played songs sang by the late movie actor such as “Kumusta ka,” a duet with actress Sharon Cuneta who sang “Kahit Konting Pagtingin” for the the movie of the same title.

Also getting airtime is Poe’s cover for the song “Doon Lang.”

Pangasinan has a soft spot for Poe, which translated to warm welcome to her daughter, Senator Grace Poe, during her visits to different towns and cities of the province.

In her last visit to San Carlos city last June, she said she was happy to go to the place of her father, especially Caoayan Kiling, which “will always be close to my heart.”

She said then that it was still his late father’s name that was her biggest “capital” in the political game, although she claimed she has learned a lot on her own and that she is carving her own political personality.

But if FPJ was alive and did not join politics, “he would surely be applauding me now and saying, ‘wow, siga, nakarating ka na ngayon.”
“My father was my greatest fan. Whatever I achieved in school made him happy. It was my mother (movie queen Susan Roces) who was the strict one. If I got a grade of 90, she would say, why not 100? My father was happy even if I just passed,” she said.

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