16 August 2012
President Benigno S. Aquino III conferred the Orden of National Artists (posthumous) upon the late Filipino actor, Ronald Allan K. Poe, better known as Fernando Poe Jr. The award was received by FPJ’s wife, Susan Roces-Poe and their daughter, Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares, chair of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
Being the “Action King of the Philippine Movies,” FPJ or Da King was commended by President Aquino for his high and immeasurable contribution not only to the development of the film industry in the country but a good example to the nation as well. President Aquino said, more than being an actor, a writer, a producer and a director, FPJ is a humble, helpful and caring man. The President is hopeful that more Filipino artists will also use their talents and knowledge to uplift their fellowmen.
FPJ inspired a generation of television and movie impersonators with his iconic movie roles in more than a hundred of films that he starred and made. At the age of 65, he died on December 14, 2004 due to cerebral thrombosis with multiple organ failure.
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