Remembering FPJ through Grace Poe


The man who was “FPJ” is gone, but his legacy lives on.

FPJ is "Da King" of Philippine cinema. His life story, as well was the stories that he tells in his movies, inspire, not only because they tell of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, which are conquered by pure and honest intentions and unwavering hopefulness in the goodness of the Filipino hero.
At an early age, FPJ’s father passed away, which forced him to drop out of high school, and carry the responsibilities of the head of the family.  He started in the movies as a stuntman, and worked his way up to being the “bida,” and would eventually earn the title of being the undisputed  “King of Philippine Cinema” or “Da King."

Throughout his struggles, he never forgot his humble beginnings.  He never forgot how it is to be poor and the poor always preoccupied his mind and ruled his heart.  He was naturally generous-hearted. He did not only give, he lived a life of giving.  He helped everyone, even those he barely knew.  Whenever he can help it, he would shy away from the camera.  This sincerity in giving a part of himself has endeared him to many, if not to all Filipinos.  He is not just a hero in the movies, he proved to be a bigger hero in real life.

He did not only give when it was convenient, he gave even when it hurt.  Even when he was living a comfortable life, the clamor of the people for him to lead was so resounding.  Driven by a higher purpose to bring his service to the highest office in the land, he embarked on the greatest journey of his life, armed only with his people’s hopes and dreams.

Unfortunately, “Da King” never saw the fulfillment of his dream of a new morning for the Filipino people.  But not everything is lost because Da King left the seeds of his legacy.

This inspiration is what burns in the heart of his daughter Grace Poe.  This is what prompted her to run for the Senate in 2013.  Grace Poe wishes to continue the legacy of her father, who once dreamed of making a real difference in the lives of the Filipino people.  

Grace Poe, FPJ’s daughter, believes that the new morning will not come unless we take up, where FPJ left off.  The fight continues.  Hindi pa tapos ang laban. Ang bagong umaga ay darating kung sama-sama nating paghahandaan at pagsisikapan.

G R A C E    P O E

Grace Poe is FPJ’s daughter. She shares her father’s passion to serve and desire to help the poor. Like her father, she understands that poverty can break the Filipino family and bring great harm to our children.

Grace Poe sees the need to focus poverty alleviation efforts on the family as a basic social institution. She wants government to take a more active role in helping children of poor families. She believes that the future of our nation depends on the kind of citizens these children will become.

Her platform builds on FPJ’s social covenant and focuses on three areas: Poverty alleviation, Opportunities for all, especially the children, and Electoral reforms.

Grace Poe is a newcomer to politics but not to public service.

She proved her leadership competence as Chair of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board under the administration of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

As MTRCB Chair, she reformed the classification system for movies and television, provided institutional support to independent film makers, and brought together government agencies and media organizations in order to protect the interests of children. All these accomplishments she achieved without calling attention to herself.

Before her stint in government, she worked at FPJ Productions and Film Archives, Inc. She also worked in the United States as a teacher, a product liaison officer, and a product manager.

Grace Poe has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College, USA and finished two years of Development Studies at UP Manila.

Taken from her interview on Bandera, released on 24 Oct 2012

I agree with the President in most issues, but I also agree when he finally said the Cybercrime Law would need certain amendments.  Sang-ayon ako with revisions. Cybercrime is anti-child prostitution, anti-cybersex. Mabuti naman yun.  Nakakatakot lang yung Libel talaga, reclusion perpetua, mga ganyan.  Really? Makukulong ako kasi nag-like ako. Ngayon nga lang ako natutong mag-twitter, makukulong pa ako.

Sangayon ako, the highest possible tax rate for cigarettes.  Ang sinasabi yung mga mayayayaman mag-yoyosi pa rin pero kahit paano mapipigilan.  Definitely, yung version na mas mataas ang revenues kasi nga sa buong mundo tayo yata ang third na pinakamura ang yosi.


I will always be against abortion but I think the debate on RH Bill should continue and be open to discussion.  I really think women should have access to the best possible health care, prenatal care and that they should be given support so that they can have fulfilling lives

I am open to it especially on aground that women should be protected.  The government should open the discussion on this.


I’m for the Freedom of information Bill.  Ok kung matino ang administration natin..What kung
hindi? How can you be protected? How can you get information if you don’t have something like that


Responsible forestry, come on, we can’t live without a table.  Like in the US, habang nagtatanggal sila rito, nagtatanim sila dito, pagbalik nila malaki na yung dito.


Responsible mining.  Whether we accept it or not, obviously when we say responsible mining, ang bumabalik sa government 2% lang na tax.  Kalokohan naman yun and who determines if a particular mine is actually safe.  Kasi, di ba we are an earthquake prone area, so how do we do it?  At sana, if there is responsible mining, we have to be able to process whatever we mine here in the Philippines.  Hindi parang we export all the raw materials pagdating sa tin, finished product na, mas mahal na.  Why can’t we revive na that’s part of the deal, you mine here but you process here, at least 50% or 60% of what you mine.


I’m very optimistic about the Bangsamoro Framework. It’s a far cry from what GMA was trying to do which was sneaky, the MOA-AD, all of a sudden, the US was in Malaysia.  All of a sudden magiging independent na Mindanao.  What I really like is yung sinabi ng Malaysia na we cannot sacrifice another generation, and then finally children can have the future their parents envisioned for them instead of guns.


Even before we venture to that, we should consider the legal protection of a partner.  We have to. For example, you have a gay person working in a company, how does his partner get medical coverage, di ba as a partner not a spouse.  These are the things that we have to figure out.  The benefits, insurance, all other benefits that is accorded a wife.  How do we lay that out first before we even venture into saying that yes you can get married, di ba? Pano yung legal representation nila?


We have to strengthen first the electorate.  Kasi ngayon kung sino lang ang powerful pero later on, pumipili na sila ng hindi basta basta, there is already rise in consciousness on who to put in office.  Hindi na katulad noon.  We have to have an empowered electorate before we can actually say let’s totally change the system but definitely we should have amendments every now and then. Constitution naman is not a perfect document.


Not house arrest. For me as long as the she medically needs it and its not St Luke’s determining, but Veterans, she should be kept in a hospital if she really needs.  House arrest, maybe not because Erap initially didn’t have that.


Ang importante kasi dyan sa pork barrel, gamitin nyo naman talaga for your district.  The way it should be dispensed, should be re-evaluated.  Dapat lahat ng mga senador at mga congressmen, ilagay sa internet, ito ang SARO ko at ito ang pagkakagastusan ko.

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