It’s December my dear readers and bloggers! Well this is my moment to write all about Fernando Poe, Jr. in my blog who will celebrate the sixth (6th) year of his passing away in this world. When I was young, I was always waiting to watch “FPJ sa GMA” in the old time slot every Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on GMA-7 in the late 80s. I won’t forget his styles of wearing jackets, handing gestures of using guns and swords in his past movies also his punching bag style!
Born Ronald Allan Kelley Poe on August 20, 1939 in Manila, Philippines. His race belonged to the Pangasinense, Spanish, Kapampangan, and Irish American extraction. He was the son of actor-producer-director Fernando Poe, Sr. (1916-1951) of San Carlos City, Pangasinan and Elizabeth “Bessie” Gatbonton Kelly (1918-1999) of Candaba, Pampanga.
Poe Jr.’s parents were not legally married yet when he was born in 1939. His parents were married after one year. He was the second of six siblings, born after Elizabeth and before Fernando II (Andy), Genevieve (Jenny), Fredrick (Freddieboy), and Evangeline. His name at birth was Ronald Allan Kelley Poe; his brother Andy was the legal Fernando Poe Jr.
Poe had his half brother, Conrad Poe, the illegitimate son of Fernando, Sr. by an actress Patricia Mijares. A true family name was spelled as “Pou” from his grandfather, Lorenzo Pou, a playwright, a Catalan migrant who came from Majorca, Spain. Lorenzo who operated the mining business here in the Philippines.
His father, Fernando Poe Sr., suffered and died due to licking a wound of a puppy. Poe, Jr. continued the legacy of his late father.
Poe was a drop out in high school to work in the Filipino film industry and became a messenger into the actor. He started as a stuntman from Everlasting Pictures gave a break and landed his first acting role on the movie “Anak ni Palaris” (Son of Palaris) when he was 14 years old. His movie was become unsuccessful.
The movie “Lo Waist Gang” made Poe so popular because of that low waist pants became a trend in the late 50s.
His 3 letters FPJ became popular because his roles depicted him as the champion of the poor people and defender of the oppressed. His other names are the following: Ronwaldo Reyes – used for his directorial job; Ronnie; Da King; Panday; manager and more…
Poe was set up his own production, FPJ Productions Inc. in 1961. In his later years, he established his film companies such as D’Lanor, JAFERE, and Rosas Productions. He testified against the notorious group, “The BIG FOUR” who was behind of extorting the film industry in 1963. In 1965, he shared the lead in The Ravagers, a film depicting the United States and the Philippines working together against Japanese war time occupation. The film is considered one of the most influential Filipino films.
FPJ was married to actress Susan Roces (Jesusa Sonora in real life) in 1968 through a civil wedding. In later years, they were officially married to the church and the principal sponsors were the late President Ferdinand Marcos and Former First Lady (now Ilocos Representative) Imelda Marcos. They adopted their one and only daughter, Grace Poe Llamanzares who is now a current chair of Movie Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). His best pal Former President Joseph Estrada who joined with FPJ for several movies of the pasts.
Although a famous public figure, Poe had been very reclusive about his personal life. However, in February, 2004, during the presidential campaign, Poe admitted to having sired a child out of wedlock. That children are Ronian (Ron Allan) with former actress Anna Marin and Lovi Poe.
Poe became an award-winning actor and garnered the most best actor awards at the FAMAS. Among the movies that received awards were Mga Alabok ng Lupa (1967), Asedillo (1971), Durugin si Totoy Bato, Umpisahan Mo, Tatapusin Ko (1983), and Muslim Magnum .357 (1987).
Among his famous movies include playing Flavio in the mythical Ang Panday series, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Dito sa Pitong Gatang and Aguila. His last movie was Pakners which also stars 9-ball billiards champion Efren “Bata” Reyes in 2003.
FPJ became the standard bearer of his own political party, Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) and officially filed to the COMELEC his presidential bid as a candidate in 2004 Presidential Elections. Later, he lost to Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in May 2004 elections.
On the evening of December 11, 2004, FPJ was rushed to St. Luke’s Medical Center that he complained dizziness during the Christmas party gathering in his studio. St. Luke’s doctors told FPJ suffered from a severe stroke into a coma due to blood clot. This condition, according to his doctors, had a cerebral thrombosis with multiple organ failure. FPJ passed away at 12:01 a.m. of December 14, 2004. Family, friends, and fans were shocked the demise of the King of the Philippine Cinema.
Millions of people went to the Sto. Domingo Church to glimpse the body of the late actor to the public. He was buried on December 22, 2004 along with his parents, brother Andy Poe at the Manila North Cemetery.
Quite sad, the King of the Philippine Movies was gone six years ago. His classic movies and legacies are still undisputed and unparalleled. You may watch him on youtube.com. God bless and Requiescat in Pace, Da King!!!
Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Presidential Proclamation 1069 which named Fernando Poe Jr. for the film and five more as national artists. The five other artists were Bienvenido Lumbera for Literature, Ramon Obusan for Dance, Benedicto Cabrera for Visual Arts, Ildefonso Santos for Architecture and the late Ramon Valera for Fashion Design.
Tweets with Lovi Poe:
I tweeted with Lovi Poe this morning: Here are my following conversations from the twitter:
@lovipoe: missing someone….
@iamchesterdiaz: Your father, Lovi. Next week na ang kanyang 6th death anniversary ng idol ko!
@lovipoe: yes. super lapit na… haaaay 😦 its been that long…
@iamchesterdiaz: I changed my profile pic because I dedicate to your father. Huhuhu =””(