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Sunday, December 30, 2007


To all FPJ fans, Isang Bala Ka Lang will finally be seen today at ABS-CBN Channel 2, 4:00 pm at Cinema FPJ. The movie, rarely seen, was released theatrically in 1983. It also starred Marianne de la Riva, Paquito Diaz, Johnny Wilson and Julie Vega. It's one movie you can't afford to miss. Watch it!!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007



Little Christmas Tree - FPJ's Christmas gift to his fans in 1977 with superstar Nora Aunor

Sunday, December 16, 2007


The Death of the King, FPJ, is a shock and a terrible nightmare for most Filipinos who idolizes and loves him. His sudden demise is such a very hot item among our major newspaper dailies and tabloids and for 12 days, from December 12, 2004, when he was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital and declared comatose, December 14, when he was declared dead and on December 23, when he was buried, FPJ was a headline item. One news article puts it “The Biggest FPJ Blockbuster.” Let’s recall the events thru this series of headline news direct from the front pages of major newspaper dailies and tabloids.

He was the best President we would have had. He was The Man with a Golden Heart who truly and sincerely felt for the poor, showing his concern not with words (or "photo-ops") but with deeds. A man of action, a man of few words. The hundreds of people he had helped without the glare of publicity came forward to sing praises to him, their benefactor, gone so soon.

The superlatives started pouring in when FPJ died at 65. Even those who "maligned" Da King during the election campaign, tearing him to pieces, conceded he was a good man. Questions will forever remain unanswered: Did Da King silently carry deep in his heart the pain unjustly inflicted on him by his foray into the political arena? Did he die, like the king in The King and I, of a "broken heart"? And what broke his heart?

"FPJ didn't die," said a diehard fan. "He will live forever in our hearts."

Da King is dead! Long Live Da King!

Thousands upon thousands, consisting of the poorest and the richest of the land, queued up to get a glimpse of him at the ICU of the St. Luke's Medical Center where he lay in coma from late night of December 11, 2004 when he suffered a massive stoke until early morning of December 14 when he died, and at the Sto. Domingo Church where his wake was held, and an estimated million-plus joined the funeral procession and lined up along the streets on December 22 when he was buried at the North Cemetery.

He was The Idol, The Icon, The Role Model, The True Friend, The Good Neighbor, The Good Brother, The Good Father, The Good Husband. He was all that--- and more! He was The Man!

FPJ was The Man of the Year!

Excerpt from the article:
FPJ: Man of the Year
by Ricky Lo

Friday, December 14, 2007


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I am honored and privileged to have contributed, even in a small way, in the making of Alay ni Da King: FPJ Special aired last December 9, 2007 at Channel 2. I thanked the staff of ASIANEYE Productions headed by Ms. Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala for giving me this rare opportunity. Most of my FPJ collections and memorabilia --- posters, movie ads, clippings and some video footages were used randomly during the two-hour special. Watching the whole show brought fondest memories of Da King, his five decades in showbiz condensed and meticulously edited to come up with this spectacular and truly memorable show.

The FPJ Special was a joint project of ABS-CBN and ASIANEYE Productions. It was divided into three parts. The first part (FPJ The Artist) was hosted by Batangas Governor Vilma Santos; the second part (FPJ The Friend) by Aguila co-star Christopher de Leon; and the third part (FPJ The Idol) by Mowelfund head Boots Anson-Roa. ABS-CBN exec Charo Santos conducted a sit-down interview with FPJ’s widow Susan Roces, who also introduced the music video.

The 38-minute music video was conceptualized by FPJ and had personally supervised and edited before his passing on December 14, 2004. It consists of choice scenes from over 200 movies--- including song numbers with favorite leading ladies and child co-stars. His duets with child wonder Nino Muhlach in Leon at ang Daga and Matet in One Day Isang Araw were unforgettable. It was aired without commercial breaks.

There were interviews with industry legends Dolphy, Eddie Romero and Eddie Garcia, co-stars Phillip Salvador, Maricel Soriano, Jaime Fabregas, Caridad Sanchez, Roderick Paulate, Matet de Leon, sister Elizabeth and daughter Grace, nephew, grandson, screenwriter Manny Buising, PRO Susan Tagle, Lo’ Waist gang member Boy Francisco, and of course from his best friend Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada.

The staff of Asianeye Productions were busy browsing, sourcing and going through all the FPJ ads, posters, clippings and other memorabilias to be used in the making of the FPJ Special.

Part of my collection