By Reggee Bonoan
Samu't saring reaksyon ang nabasa namin nang mamatay si Benny (Pepe Herrera) sa episode ng "FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano" noong Lunes, January 9.
Hindi lang ang netizens ang nagdalamhati sa pagkawala ni Benny sa "Ang Probinsyano" dahil maging ang co-actors niya ay nalungkot din sa pagkamatay niya at isa na nga rito ang pinaka-kontrabidang si Arjo Atayde na kinamumuhian ng televiewers bilang si Joaquin Tuazon.
Madamdamin ang post ni Arjo sa kanyang Instagram at Facebook accounts na nagpapasalamat kay Pepe sa magandang pagsasama nila habang ipinakita naman sa video na kumakanta at tumugtog ng ukulele si Benny habang nasa resort sila.
Post ni Arjo, “It's been a journey of love, laughter, drama, comedy, and friendship. Benny has personally been one of my favorite characters on 'Probinsyano' and will remain to be till the end.
“The first time I had a scene with Benny was hard for me because of the way he delivered his lines it was just so real. His character was a good contrast of mine full of happiness while mine was angsty. And well, beyond the cameras, I got very close to Pepe that ending his journey on the show, our last scene together, was the hardest for me to do because it was hard to act angry at someone who has easily become not only one of my best friends but my brother.
“Benny was a happy-go-lucky type of person, one who knew the meaning of camaraderie, and the value of family. I'll have you know that Mr. Pepe Herrera, my brother and best friend, is just the same in real life. I'll never forget the time we talked once and we were talking about how 'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano' helped both our careers and that thanking them or showing them gratitude will never be enough.
“Pe, you've grown so much as an actor and as a person, it is an honor to have witnessed that and well, I hope you know how proud I am of you. Movies here and there, shows getting you, singing gigs every time I hear something good about you, I feel like I’m the one receiving the blessing cause as I told you walang iwanan bro kapit tayo.
“Thank you for not being just a friend in work, but a friend I can call, one I can spend holidays with and one that shows up despite his busy schedule. Thanks for listening to my nonsense, to my kuwentos, to my problems, thanks for being an inspiration to others and to me to be better to do good and never forget about work. Even my family holds a special place in their hearts for you.
“Pe you're one of a kind bro all of us are lucky to have someone like you at work and outside. Our friendship doesn't end here. I pray for more years of adventures and lousy decisions HAHAHAHAHAHA! And always remember bro, friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. No friendship is an accident, everything happens for a reason. I will miss Benny but above all, I'll miss working with you, bro!
“Cheers to the best portrayal of Benny that only you can do, and cheers to the friend everyone always dreamt of having. I love you bro big time! Till our next show, Pe! BENNY Ladies and Gentlemen!”
Note: Reggee’s Digest stories are contributed by entertainment columnist Reggee Bonoan. Views and opinions made here do not state or reflect those of ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc.
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