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Star Magic road manager Danilyn Nunga describes AJ Perez as a dutiful son and rising star

Star Magic road manager Danilyn Nunga, who was with AJ Perez during his tragic accident, recalls her fondest memories of her beloved ward.

BY RACHELLE SIAZON

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4/30/2011 7:14 PM
Star Magic road manager Danilyn Nunga describes AJ Perez as a dutiful son and rising star


050111-aj_main.jpgIt’s been two weeks since the tragic death of AJ Perez, but his former Star Magic road manager Danilyn Nunga could still hardly believe that her beloved ward had really passed away. She was riding the same van as AJ and sustained injuries from glass shards which hit the left side of her face and her arm. But rather than dwell on that unfortunate event, Danilyn said that she would always treasure her memories of AJ when she got was his road manager from year 2008 to 2009.

Yan si AJ masayahing bata, masunurin siya sa Daddy niya at very family-oriented. Sa tuwing mag-out of town nga kami para sa mga mall shows, lagi namin siyang niloloko na siya ang pinakamadaming kamag-anak or kakilala dun sa mga pinupuntahan naming provinces. Tapos when it comes to his showbiz career, hindi siya nagmamadali dahil priority niya talaga ang studies niya,” she said in an interview with Push.com.ph.

According to Danilyn, AJ was not only a dutiful son but also an obedient talent who never had a star complex even when started to gain his fair share of fans across the country. “Tatlo kasi ang alaga ko nun—sila ni Dino Imperial at Chris Gutierrez. Siya ang laging binibilinan ko nun dahil madali pasunurin. Makikita mo kapag tinawag mo yung mga yan, si AJ ang unang lalapit. Tapos very accommodating kasi si AJ at si Daddy Gerry. Kapag may mga nagpapa-picture na fans, okay lang sa kanila pero ako na yung aawat dahil siyempre may iba pa kaming commitment.”

Danilyn will always remember the time when they bonded at a resort after attending a mall show in Naga. She was like a big sister to them as she gave them advice about their love life and showbiz career. “Tapos nung last week ko na bilang road manager nila, kasi nagshi-shift din kami kung saang handlers kami assigned, niloloko ako na last day ko na, gusto yumakap, naglalambing sa akin na, ‘Ate! Ate!’ Kaya nagpaalam ako kay Daddy Gerry na payagan si AJ na mag-swimming na kami-kami lang. So yun, nagbonding kami, kulitan sa pool habang nagswi-swimming, nag-usap about sa love life, sa career at iba pang gusto nilang gawin sa buhay.”

And even when they weren’t working with each other anymore, the two had the chance to catch up about AJ’s relationship with Steph Ayson. “Hindi ko siya naabutan na may girlfriend. Pero nag-share siya nung one year na kaming ‘di magkasama as RM-talent. Naikwento nga niya sa akin recently na nag-Bora nga daw sila with friends at matagal na daw niyang kaibigan [si Steph]. Kasi nung nasa ASAP Iloilo kami, lahat ng mga naging alaga ko ka-close ko pa rin kasi siyempre parang anak mo na rin mga yun eh and ‘di mo sila makakalimutan kahit hindi na kayo directly na magkatrabaho.”

After all that happened, Danilyn expressed her gratitude and prayers to the family of AJ who had always been very good to her. “Tito Gerry, sobrang thank you kasi kahit na ‘di ko na alaga si AJ nandyan pa rin sila. Sobrang na-appreciate ko lahat ng ginawa nila para sa akin. Nung minsang bumisita ako sa bahay nila hindi nila ako itinuring na ibang tao. Basta I hope and pray na maging strong lang yung family ni AJ at kahit kailan hindi namin makakalimutan yung kabutihan na nagawa ni AJ noong nabubuhay pa siya.”

What was her greatest realization having survived that vehicular accident?  “Si God lang talaga nakakaalam kung anong plano niya para sa atin. Walang age na pinipili kung kailan ka kukunin. Basta tapos mo na misyon mo at nagawa mo na ang dapat mong gawin, yun na pala yun. So importante talaga na