MANILA – Senator Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares led family members and supporters iny commemorating the 75th birthday of her father Fernando Poe Jr.
Poe visited her father’s tomb on August 20 at the Manila North Cemetery where she offered flowers and lighted candles.
Ironically, the late Movie King’s bosom friend, former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, was not known to have remembered Poe on his birthday. Estrada’s Facebook account does not even mention his friend Poe while a posting a day before was made on the late Mayor Ramon D. Bagatsing, whose 98th birthday was marked on August 19.
A thanksgiving mass was also held to mark the 75th birth anniversary of the late Fernando Poe, Jr.
Sen. Grace Poe was accompanied by her husband Neil Llamanzares as they led the attendees of the solemn ceremonies at FPJ’s resting place at the Manila North Cemetery.
The late actor’s widow, Susan Roces, for her part led the inauguration of a street named after FPJ in Malvar, Batangas.
The street leads to the Metro Manila Turf Club Racetrack, owned by Poe’s close friend, Dr. Norberto Quisumbing Jr.
Susan Roces said in an ABS-CBN “TV Patrol” report that the King of Philippine Cinema was a “horse racing aficionado.”
“Maraming pelikula at mula pa sa pagkabata niya, mahilig na siya sa kabayo,” she said.
Meanwhile,, the local government of Ilocos Norte announced its plan to build a statue of Poe at the Paoay sand dunes, which was used as locale for Poe’s “Ang Panday” film series.
According to report, the statue will be made of fiber glass, the same material used for actress Nora Aunor’s statue erected in the same area.
Already, a nine-foot bronze statue of Poe, a National Artist for Film, stands along Roxas Boulevard in Manila, which was unveiled in December 2012.
Senator Poe-Llamanzares admitted to being overwhelmed with the public’s’ undying support for her father. She vowed that her family will continue to uphold the action star’s efforts to uplift Filipinos.
“Taos-puso kaming nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng patuloy na nakakaalala at nagmamahal kay FPJ,” the senator said. “The heartfelt affection and support shown by his followers beyond his lifetime keep alive and ardent FPJ’s memories.”
“As a family, we cherish FPJ’s enduring efforts to reach out to the ordinary Filipinos and impart courage, fortitude and hope in every way he could.”
“The heartfelt affection and support shown by his followers beyond his lifetime keep alive and ardent FPJ’s memories.”
The king of the Philippine movies was born on August 20, 1939 as Ronald Allan Kelley Poe. He was declared a National Artist posthumously. FPJ starred in and produced more than a hundred films that shaped Philippine arts and highlighted the ordinary Filipino’s mettle.
Born in 1939 in Manila, Poe, the “King of Philippine Cinema” or “Da King”, was known for his roles in iconic films including the “Panday” series, which made him a legend in the local film industry.
He ran for president in 2004 against then incumbent Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo but lost amid poll fraud allegations. He died even before his protest could gain ground.
On July 20, 2012, FPJ was declared a National Artist for Film.