FPJ monument unveiled in Manila

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The unveiling of the 9 ft. bronze-cast statue of Fernando Poe Jr. along Roxas Boulevard, Manila on Friday.INQUIRER PHOTO / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

MANILA, Philippines–The eighth death anniversary of the late actor Fernando Poe Jr. was marked Friday by the unveiling of a monument in his honor along Roxas Boulevard and a Mass that followed at his tomb at the Manila North Cemetery, where rivals for Manila mayor who have been taking swipes at each other–incumbent Alfredo Lim and deposed President Joseph Estrada–shook hands.

“My family is thankful to the City of Manila for concretizing the recognition to my father in such a big way,” Poe’s daughter, former MTRCB chair and senatorial candidate Grace Poe-Llamanzares, said at the unveiling and wreath-laying ceremony along Roxas Boulevard across the US Embassy.

She said “although we don’t know when justice will be served,” the monument was “a symbol of hope that the truth will eventually come out.”

FPJ’s family and supporters maintain that he was cheated of the presidency when he ran in 2004 and lost to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Grace said the 9-foot bronze statue was a reflection of her father, in real life, “matikas at matatag.”

The statue shows Poe, known as the action king of Philippine cinema, wearing a barong Tagalog and waving his right hand. Inscribed at the bottom are the words, “Tunay na Pangulo sa puso ng nakararaming Pilipino.”

“I wanted to capture a simple moment during his campaign for presidency,” said sculptor Jonas Roces, not related to Poe’s widow, actress Susan Roces.

Susan Roces also expressed her gratitude, saying it was only fitting to put up a monument to Poe in Manila because he grew up in the city.

Susan Roces wid Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim during the unveiling of the 9 ft. bronze-cast statue of Fernando Poe Jr. along Roxas Boulevard, Manila on Friday.INQUIRER PHOTO / NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

“I got teary eyed when the monument was unveiled … People might be wondering why this was put up here. As a child, Ronnie (referring to Poe), his mother and siblings were here in this vicinity when Manila was being bombed,” she said.

Lim said he wanted to line that stretch of Roxas Boulevard with statues of former Presidents, where monuments to Corazon Aquino, Ramon Magsaysay and Manuel Roxas are already up.

“We know he (Poe) won (in 2004),” Lim said.

Roces added that she was happy to sit between Lim and Estrada during the Mass at Manila North Cemetery.

“They were all smiles,” she said.

“I knew he (Estrada) was coming. We invited him. He’s still a friend. We’re both friends of FPJ,” Lim said.

Lim was talking to Roces when Estrada arrived and the mayor welcomed his former ally and shook his hands.

The two men also shook hands when it was time to say “Peace be with you.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Klein-Mo/1764894963 Klein Mo

    What did he do to deserve a monument? Sa Roxas Blvd pa…

    “Lim said he wanted to line that stretch of Roxas Boulevard with statues of former Presidents” 
    Is FPJ one? Pinoys really love to trivialize things…

    “We know he (Poe) won (in 2004),” Lim said. – So kung magkakaroon ng Mayor ang Manila na magsasabi na dapat si MDS din ang Pres noong 1992, magkakaroon din sya ng monumento dyan as “supposed” President?

    Tapos kung merong another close presidential election uli at natalo ang manok ng nakaupong mayor ng Manila, ilalagay din ang monumento niya dyan? Kakaiba rin mag-isip si Lim… O baka pamumulitika lang habol niya dyan (not that Erap is a better alternative). Pero kabanuan naman to

    • dkgboy

      So don’t be surprise that someday another monument will be added showing somebody sporting a neckbrace.But I guess it will be shorter than the usual 9 foot statue.In a tourist strip,that is truly ‘ more fun in the Philippines’ if only to support that claim.

  • 19arafol25

    Namatay sa inuman .iginawa ng munumento,sundalo namatay sa basilan ,nakalimutan…

  • les21reago

    Am a Fan of FPJ but this monument accorded to him is just TOO much of him…If FPJ is alive perhaps as a shy man he would NOT allow this to be so…
    Mayor LIM is running OUT of ideas and meaningful things to do…Lim should pass on the baton of leadership to younger ones.

  • ben

    Stupid Lim. Kawawa naman si FPJ ginawang patatawanan.

  • $37644997

    This must be another kind of chinese ego.

  • 12JEM

    Ang tunay na dugo ni FPJ ay sinaLovi Poe at iba pa niyang mga anak sa ibang babae.

  • GREEN_PASTURES

    One thing I have against erecting these statues on Roxas Blvd. are the excruciating traffice jams they create everytime birth and death anniversaries are commemorated. They have to close northbound lanes to accommodate chairs, tents and people. Why don’t these small monument makers try installing revolving bases underneath so that at least, on occasions, they can face the statues east toward the service road which they can close to their hearts’ content? Totoong perhuwisyo na kasi lagi sa mga empleyadong nagmamadali sa umaga sa dami ng nilalagay na monumento dyan. Hindi masamang alalahanin ang mga sikat na patay, pero hayaan nyo rin naman kaming hindi sikat na maghanap-buhay.

  • GREEN_PASTURES

    Another thing, ni hindi man lang kayo naglalabas ng traffice advisory. Ang mga kawawang empleyado’t nagmamadaling tao lagi ang sumasalo sa pahirap ng trapiko. Sobra na, wag naman sana kayong manhid sa kapuwa

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