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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 10, 2016

Do You Know A Street In Batangas Was Named After The Late FPJ? Sen. Grace Visits It

WE DIDN’T KNOW that a street in Batangas in Malvar-Tanauan has been named after FPJ. When Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Chiz Escudero campaigned there, they had their picture taken with Fernando Poe Jr. St. in the background. The street sign was installed on August 20, 1974 when FPJ turned 70. It’s inside the Metro Manila Turf Club and is in recognition of FPJ’s contribution to the local horse racing industry as seen in his great love for horses in the many action movies he did during his entire career as the King of Philippine Movies.

Grace says one of the best memories she has of her late dad is when FPJ taught her how to ride a horse when she was still a little girl. “We used to go to Baguio or in Ilocos Norte at doon ako nakaranas sumakay sa kabayo with him coaching me,” says Sen. Grace. “Marami siyang alagang kabayo noon sa San Lazaro race track, pero hindi puedeng sakyan ng mga bata.”

After campaigning in Batangas, they next campaigned in Dumaguete City and Sen. Chiz Escudero’s wife, Heart Evangelista, was the frontliner. Heart led the motorcade around the city, visited local radio stations, did a palengke tour and went to various restaurants to savor Dumaguete’s local dishes. Of course, Heart easily charmed all the people there who promised they will vote for Grace as president and Chiz as vice president.