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A veritable fanatic of the Internet. His avocation is teaching while his main vocation is practicing the much maligned law profession. Currently teaching Constitutional Law at the FEU Institute of Law and a guest lecturer at the De La Salle University teaching "Freedom and Regulation in Cyberspace" in the Graduate Program of the Department of Communication. He is married to his beautiful Ateneo law school classmate and is blessed with a daughter and a son.

Location: San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Fare Thee Well

The King is dead. Long live the King!

My favorite action star is dead. No longer will I see new creations from him. I will always remember him in the films "Santo Domingo", "Alupihang Dagat", "Totoy Bato", "Panday" and a host of others.

The first time I saw his film was a period film where the climax was a relentless fencing spree that lasted like eternity. It was a film that was forever etched in my memory. It was then I realized that I will forever be hooked on Fernando Poe, Jr. He would be the measure upon which all others will be scaled. And all too often, in my subjective estimation, none could pass muster his charismatic presence, his empathetic stare and his pugilistic and fencing prowess. To my imagination, he was the great equalizer.

However, like all who believed that education was a key to good governance, I questioned the King's ability to govern had he become president. But his death unleashed all the anecdotal tales of his compassion, of his generosity towards the underprivileged, of his magnanimity towards the little people. Belatedly, I discovered that the degrees that he lacked were overshadowed by his compelling sincerity to serve others. Had it been known earlier, my vote would have been cast differently. Alas, hindsight is always 20/20. And we are all the poorer with this ignorance.

But what a way to go! A king who dies in his sleep is remembered but not so dramatically. A king who dies of old age is expectedly prepared. But a king who dies in sudden haste and at the prime of life will be remembered with passion. Think Rudolph Valentino. Think JFK. Their deaths were so sudden that their deaths alone become icons of passing history. To have died in a less dramatic way would have done injustice to this king. As gory as it may sound, there is glory in the manner of his dying. And for that, FPJ will be remembered even more fondly.

Mark Anthony asked: "Whence shall come another?" I do not know. Perhaps in the next generation, perhaps never. But I who have witnessed this King from a distance as a rabid movie fan and a student of Mass Communications, FPJ shall always be my one true king. My political and ideological affiliations be damned!

Fare thee well, FPJ! Your fearful trip is done! And now, let the portals of heaven welcome you, good and faithful servant! Rest eternal and rest in peace!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

rudolfo valenciano?
probably rudolph valentino? died age 31
perforated ulcer.

other famous folks that died suddenly
bruce lee
brandon lee
rico yan
claudia zobel
pepsi paloma
stella strada

n let's not 4get
julie de vega


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