December 14 marks the 13th death anniversary of National Artist for Film Fernando Poe Jr.
Fondly called as “Da King”, FPJ was well-loved by his friends in the industry for not just being a good and professional actor, but also a compassionate comrade.
Check out what celebrities he had made an impact on have to say about him.
1. Susan Roces
As FPJ’s widow, seasoned actress Susan, in an interview with TV Patrol in 2014, called him her best friend. “We were partners in many ways. We were best friends. It’s not Erap who was his best friend, it’s me,” she lightheartedly said.
2. Grace Poe
As the daughter of FPJ, Senator Grace called her father as their family’s source of strength. During an interview at his father’s 5th death anniversary commemoration many years ago, Grace said, "Siya (FPJ) talaga source namin ng strength e. Kaya nung nawala siya, nagpakalakas talaga kami dahil alam naming wala na kaming matatakbuhan na magpapalakas sa amin."
3. Judy Ann Santos
“Legend siya. Isa siyang tao na dapat ipinagmamalaki ang trabaho. At siya bilang isang tao talaga, ‘yun ma-celebrate ‘yung buhay niya kasi marami siyang na-i-inspire,” Judy Ann said in an interview with the press at the restored film showing of their 1998 movie Isusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko.
4. Coco Martin
Coco Martin took on FPJ’s role in the modern-day version of Ang Probinsyano that is now a long-running top-rated teleserye on primetime.
Aside from that, Coco is also 2017’s Ang Panday, another iconic character of ‘Da King.’
In a tribute he made for FPJ, Coco said, “’Pag sinabi mong action movies, ang naiisip mo agad, wala ng iba ay si FPJ. Parang siya ‘yung naging superhero ko. Hindi ko lang siya nakikita bilang isang artista kundi hero rin.”
As he was not able to work with his idol, Coco added, “Isa lang ‘yung pinanghihinayangan ko bilang artista; sana dumating ‘yung time na nag-abot kami na naging artista na ako. Sana dumating ‘yung pagkakataon na nakilala ko siya ng personal.”
5. ER Ejercito
Actor-politician ER Ejercito did a remake of an 1986 FPJ movie titled Magnum 357. He dedicated this movie, which was an entry to the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival, to Da King.
“Sa mga kabataan ngayon, marami ang hindi nakapanood ng Magnum 357 noon ni Ninong Ron (FPJ’s nickname). Kaya itong version ko ay tribute para kay Fernando Poe Jr, bilang hari ng pelikulang Pilipino at ninong ko sa kasal at tribute ko rin sa Muslim community ng bansang Pilipinas specifically sa Maranao at Tausug,” he said in an interview.
6. Sharon Cuneta
During Your Face Sounds Familiar in 2015 where Kean Cipriano impersonated FPJ, judge Sharon Cuneta, who was very close to FPJ, broke down in tears when she saw him step onto the stage. She even joined him in singing.
Giving her verdict on Kean’s performance, she said, “Si FPJ, hindi ko lang nakasama sa ilang pelikula kung hindi he was my best friend. I’m just happy that before he passed away, we were able to talk on the phone.”
She also recalled their fun bonding moments together. “I was close to him and tita Susan (Roces). They’re family,” she said.
Watch Sharon’s complete heartfelt message here:
7. Robin Padilla
Action star Robin Padilla’s movie Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo was awarded the FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence in the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival.
“Tunay po na si FPJ and Andres Bonifacio sa panahong ito,” he said during the awards night.