Sentor Grace Poe couldn’t contain her feelings when she went to Ilocos Norte recently. She remembered the adventures she had with her late father, Fernando Poe, Jr. in the province.
Those who were there with the Senator said the saw her feeling the walls of Paoay church, as it was one of FPJ’s favorite locations when he was still directing and acting in films.
“Baka nahawakan ng tatay ko dati,” Grace answered when asked why she was touching the walls of the church.
It has been more than a decade when Da King passed on. Still, Grace still misses her father so much and recalls those days when she would go with him to his location shoots in the provinces, including Ilocos Norte where he shot AngPanday
“Ang pakay ng pagpunta ko dito ay para ipakilala muli ang aking sarili sa ating mga kababayan dito sa Ilocos. Ang tatay ko ay palaging nandito noon. Nagpupunta din ako talaga dito madalas. Maganda ring balikan ang mga lugar na pinuntahan namin,” explained why she had to go to Ilocos Norte.
Grace remembered the bagnetand other Ilocano produce that his father brought home from the shooting in Ilocos Norte.
“Alam niyo dati ang paborito ng tatay ring kainin ay yung dinengdeng, tapos yung mga malalaking chicharon. Tapos kapag uuwi sa Maynila, magdadala iyon ng kumot nahabi ng Iloko. So parang laking Ilocano narin ako,” Grace said proudly.
Grace also visited the statue of FPJ on Paoay’s sand dunes where the late actor shot most of the scenes for Ang Panday.
Grace spoke some Ilocano words she learned from his father, like danum, which FPJ would sy when she would ask water from her.