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Coco Martin, more ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’ stars mark series finale with heartfelt tributes

Julia Montes and Sharon Cuneta sang the praises of the show’s lead star Coco Martin in their social media posts.

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Humility Javier

8/15/2022 in News
Coco Martin, more ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’ stars mark series finale with heartfelt tributes

Coco Martin, Julia Montes, and more stellar cast members of “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” took to social media to pen their tributes following the much-awaited finale of the longest-running Philippine drama series. 

After its final episode aired on Friday, August 12, Coco, who top-billed the series as Police Major Ricardo “Cardo” Dalisay and acted as one of the show’s directors, made sure to express his gratitude to everyone who made “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” a mainstay in Philippine television. 

“Maraming Salamat, Panginoon sa pitong taon na trabaho na ibinigay nyo sa amin. Napakarami pong buhay at pamilya ang natulungan dahil sa aming programa,” he began his post. 

Coco continued, “Sa aking pamilya na nakasama ko sa loob ng pitong taon, sa lahat ng artista, directors, writers, staff/crew, cameramen, drone, art department, audio men, lighting directors, fight directors, stuntmen, talents, sa lahat ng bumubuo ng programa namin, @dreamscapeph family, sobra kong saya at proud na naka buo tayo ng isang samahan at magandang proyekto na hinding hindi ko malilimutan. Maraming maraming salamat sa dedikasyon at tiwala na ibinigay nyo para mapaganda ang programa natin! Saludo ako sa inyong lahat!” 

“Sa ABS-CBN, Maraming salamat po sa oportunidad at trabahong ipinagkatiwala nyo sa amin. Sa aming mga bosses: Tita Cory [Vidanes], Sir Carlo [Katigbak], Sir Mark [Lopez], Sir Deo [Endrinal] at sa lahat po ng bumubuo ng aming programa,” he added. 

Coco also gave a special mention to the original lead of 1997 film “Ang Probinsyano” Fernando Poe Jr., his wife late actress Susan Roces, and their daughter Senator Grace Poe. 

“Taos pusong pasasalamat po kay FPJ, sa aking Lola Susan, Ate Grace sa tiwala na ibinigay nyo sa amin para magawa ang FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” he wrote. 

Ultimately, Coco thanked the show’s fans: “Mga Ka-Probinsyano, kayo po ang nagsisilbing inspirasyon sa aming trabaho. Kaya po palagi namin pinagbubuti at pinapaganda ang bawat episode para matumbasan po namin ang pagmamahal at suporta na ibinibigay niyo. Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat!”  

“Muli, walang hanggang pasasalamat po sa inyo at mahal na mahal na mahal ko po kayong lahat! Salamat hanggang sa muli nating laban! Police Major Ricardo Dalisay, Signing Off,” he bid viewers goodbye. 

 

Julia Montes, who played protagonist Mara Silang in the series’ final season, dedicated a lovely tribute to Coco on her Instagram page. 

“Sa 7 taon na itinakbo ng Probinsyano, isa at ikaw ang napakalaking parte ng success ng buong show,” she captioned a candid photo of Coco on set. 

“Sa dedikasyon, pagmamahal at sipag na binigay mo sa show, isang karangalan na mapanuod kang magtrabaho sa FPJAP. Saludo ako sa puso na binibigay mo sa lahat ng ginagawa mo. mula sa pangarap lang noon, ngayong naisakatuparan mo na ang pagdidirek at ang totoo ay higit pa ang binibigay at pinapakita mo. Proud na proud ako sa ‘yo! Congratulations aming Cardo Dalisay,” she spoke fondly of the lead star. 

 

 

Veteran actress Sharon Cuneta also expressed her appreciation for Coco in an Instagram post. Her role, Aurora, in the series’ last season marked her TV comeback after eight years. 

“Kung gaano mo kami minahal, inalagaan at nirespeto, ganun din kami sa ‘yo, ngayon at habangbuhay. Maraming salamat, @cocomartin_ph sa lahat ng ginawa mo para sa ating show, sa mga artista at iba pang taong tinulungan mo, at sa bayaning binigay mo para di mawalan ng bayani ang Pilipinas sa iyo at sa Agila. Mahal na mahal kita,” she told Coco. 

 

 

Another heartwarming tribute for Coco was penned by John Estrada whose antagonistic character Armando Silang exited the show in a gory and gruesome death. 

“Bago matapos ang FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano mamaya, gusto ko lang magbigay-pugay at magsabi ng maraming maraming salamat sa taong ‘to na nagbigay ng pitong taon na palabas na nagpaligaya sa napakamaraming Pilipino sa buong mundo,” John captioned a behind-the-scenes photo of himself and Coco. 

He continued, “Ang husay mo sa pag-arte, pagdidirek, sa paggawa ng istorya, sa pagiging isang leader at sa dedikasyon sa trabaho ay hindi matatawaran ng kahit sino man, wala kang katulad.” 

“Isa kang diamante sa industriyang eto, saludo kami lahat sa ‘yo,” he added. “Congrats Co, job well done, mission accomplished. Mahal na mahal ka naming lahat.” 

“Gusto ko rin magpasalamat sa ABS-CBN bosses na sinama ako dito sa historic journey na ‘to, kay Ninang Cory Vidanes, Boss Deo Endrinal ng Dreamscape, Laurenti Dyogi at kay Kylie Manalo, maraming maraming salamat po,” John ended his tribute. 

 

 

John Prats, who gave life to the character Jerome Girona, Jr. and co-directed the show, simply uploaded a photo of himself and Coco on set: “We made it Paps! Mahal na mahal kita! Salamat po sa inyong lahat!!!” 

 

 

After joining the show as President Oscar Hidalgo in 2018, Rowell Santiago only has the kindest words to say to all “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” fans, cast, and crew. 

“Sa mahigit na apat na taon kong naging bahagi nang FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, gusto kong pasalamatan ang lahat ng Ka-Probinsyanong nakasama namin gabi gabi kung ‘di dahil sa suporta ninyo ‘di kami tatagal ng 7 taon. Sa inyo kami kumukuha nang lakas upang ipagpatuloy namin ang laban para mabigyan namin kayo nang dekalidad na teleserye may pandemya man o wala,” he wrote on Instagram. 

“Nagpapasalamat din ako sa mga co-actors, Direk MS and other directors, production staff, talents, stuntmen, editing team, production crew, cameramen, medical team, PR group na nakasama namin sa laban na ito. Buong puso nilang binigay ang kanilang sarili. Naging isa na kaming pamilya. Mami-miss ko silang lahat,” he added. 

He also gave a shoutout to ABS-CBN executives, “To Sir Carlo, Sir Mark, CVV, Sir Deo, Ms. Kylie, for their never-ending support to this project and always assuring our safety. To ABS-CBN family salamat sa tiwalang binigay ninyo.” 

“And most especially to Direk Coco who gave me all the support I needed and unselfishly gave me the role of a lifetime,” he said. 

“We praise you Lord Jesus and we give back all the glory to You. Now I can take my time and reflect on all the good times we worked together. Finally it is my time to say goodbye. It was indeed a beautiful journey as your president. President Oscar Hidalgo signing off,” he ended the post. 

 

 

Part of the show’s fictional Task Force Agila as Roxanne Opeña, Shaina Magdayao reposted a memorable scene of her character with Cardo and the other police officers in the series. 

“Agila Forever,” she began her tribute.  

“Sa dinami dami ng pinagdaanan nating lahat, kahit saan siguro tayo dalhin ng buhay, hindi mawawala sa puso natin ang isat isa. Kaya maraming salamat sa inyo. Mami-miss ko kayo at hinding hindi ko kayo makakalimutan. At kung bigyan man ulit ako ng pagkakataon na ulitin lahat ng ito, lahat ng hirap, saya, lahat ng sakripisyo, wala akong papalitan ni isa sa inyo. ISANG PRIBILEHIYO NA LUMABAN KASAMA NINYONG LAHAT AT IPAGLABAN ANG TAMA,” she wrote. 

 

 

The series’ ensemble cast also includes John Arcilla, Geoff Eigenmann, Lorna Tolentino, Angel Aquino, Raymart Santiago, Michael de Mesa, Yassi Pressman, Denise Laurel, Jaime Fabregas, Tirso Cruz III, and late actor Eddie Garcia. 

Over 500,000 viewers watched the live final episode of "FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” on YouTube, which marked the end of its nearly seven-year run on Philippine television. 

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