Gello Perez regrets not having the chance to say 'I love you' and 'thank you' to his brother AJ Perez.
Gello Perez, the younger brother of AJ Perez, delivered an emotional tribute during the internment of the teen actor last April 26 at the Manila Memorial Cemetery. AJ died last April 17 in a vehicular accident on his way home from a show in Dagupan, Pangasinan. When AJ was laid to rest last Tuesday, his family, friends, classmates from La Salle Greenhills, and Kapamilya from ABS-CBN were emotional as they bid the actor goodbye.
Twelve-year-old Gello shared how AJ diligently balanced his time between showbiz and school. Just last March, the 18 year-old made his parents very proud by finishing high school. He was planning to take up a business administration course in college. “He’s been very hardworking especially in balancing showbiz and school. I remember that after every taping he would just sleep in the car then go back to school,” said Gello in his eulogy.
While he spent a good amount of time in front of cameras, AJ kept his love life private. Gello revealed how AJ was very sweet to his non-showbiz girlfriend Steph Ayson. “After he died, my dad gave me kuya
’s Blackberry. I read the text messages, and based on what I read, AJ was a very loving guy to Steph. I remember when AJ and Steph had a disagreement and Steph didn’t want to speak to AJ. He made me go with him to Mirriam (College). He gave me flowers and I approached Steph. I gave the flowers to her and I said, ‘AJ is sorry and he hopes everything will be okay.’ Steph approached and talked to AJ.”
Gello also talked about how his brother loved to share almost everything, which is why he looked up to AJ very much as a role model. “My brother was such an inspiration to a lot of people and most especially to me. He had been a role model and he’s everything that I ever wanted to be. With every blessing that he received, he never forgot to share them. He gave me so many things. Even half of my clothes came from him. I love him so much. He’s the greatest brother.”
Gello said he never got the chance to say how he truly felt about his older brother. In his eulogy, Gello admitted, “But with everything that he gave me, I always forget one thing to do, and that is to say ‘thank you.’ I don’t say it even though he gave me so many things. I don’t even remember the last time I said ‘I love you’ to him. Kuya
, if you’re listening right now. I just want to say thank you, I love you, and you’re everything I wanted to be.”