Today it was all over the news. AJ Perez had died because of multiple head injuries when the van carrying the victims tried to overtake a trailer truck when it collided with the incoming Partas provincial passenger bus along McArthur Highway in Barangay San Julian. Reports said he was dead on arrival when he was brought to Paniqui Tarlac Clinic.
“Sana, panaginip lang to, Ogie. Si Aj ang buhay namin ng mami nya, bakit sya pa? Sana, ako na lang. Napakamasunuring bata ni Aj,walang kaaway, friendly at very professional. Sana,ndi na lang siya Ogie.”, crying out loud, these are the words stated by Mr. Gerry Perez to Ogie Diaz after the incident. Before AJ was brought to Paniqui Clinic, he’s already dead. AJ is the only casualty in this accident. :(( He was in Dagupan for the Bangus Festival 2011 event by the Kapamilya Network, alogn with Zaijan Jaranilla & Matt Evans. Before this, AJ expressed hwo happy he is when he was one of the chosen performers to join the Kapamilya Caravan, “Grabe po, overwhelming and sobrang thankful lang po talaga kay God for the opportunities He continuously gives me. Sana magustuhan ng mga taga Dagupan City yung hinanda naming numbers for them”. Also, AJ shared that he is excited for hsi upcoming MMK episode this April 30 and a movie.
Antonello Joseph Sarte Perez (born February 17, 1993) was a Filipino actor. He was a member of ABS-CBN‘s circle of homegrown talents collectively known as Star Magic. He was launched as a member of Star Magic Batch 13.
He landed his first commercial with Globe and was later cast in the UFC commercial, popularizing the phrase “ye-bah!”. His Milo TV commercial showcased his basketball skills.
He attended self-enhancement workshops with Talent Center and became a member of Star Magic Batch 13. His appearances included ASAP, Abt Ur Luv and as a guest in some ABS-CBN shows.
He teamed-up with Lauren Young in the television series Lobo in the roles of Zoey and Yani Mendoza. He starred in a film for Star Cinema with Joseph Estrada, Ms. AiAi delas alas, Sam Milby and Toni Gonzaga directed by Wen Deramas: Ang Tanging Pamilya
ASAP pays tribute to AJ’s Death
“We pray that You bless his family and his dad in this very unfortunate time. We lift ourselves up to You, Lord, dahil medyo mabigat mag-show na ganito because ito po ang unang beses na nakaranas kami ng isang tao na talagang connected po sa amin dito sa ‘ASAP’ na wala na po. We pray for everyone mourning at this time, for this very tragic loss,” a teary-eyed Valenciano said.
“AJ may no longer be with us physically, but because he left good memories that we will treasure in our hearts, he will live on… AJ, we dedicate this show to you, it’s yours. Embrace him, Lord, and give him the best seat to watch what we offer him today. In Jesus name, amen.”
All wearing white, other hosts of the show, some of whom were crying, stood behind him as Valenciano performed his song, “Home.”
“AJ, you’ve gone home. We miss you,” Valenciano said after the song.
These are the words shared by AJ’s Mom while crying to Ogie Diaz:
“Napanood ko pa kagabi yung teaser ng MMK ni Aj, ndi ko alam kumba’t ako bigla na lang naiyak, kaya tinawagan ko si Dadi. Tinanong ko si dadi, bat ang tagal nilang umuwi? Pauwi na raw sila from Dagupan, pero nag-aalala pa rn ako, d ko alam kumbakit balisa ako. Nag-Boracay pa si AJ nung first week ng April. Nag-alala na ko non dahil sila lang mga friends nya ang magkakasama. Tapos, eto, kasama niya pa ang daddy niya, kaya Ogie, you’ll never know talaga pag aksidente”.
From Eric John Salut via twitter:
“The family of AJ Perez decided to donate AJ‘s cornea to blind singer Fatima Soriano.”
Tribute Videos for AJ
Sam Concepcion singing a song for AJ
Tribute from YouTube
AJ’s last performance in Dagupan