It's been five years since we lost one of the most promising actors in this generation. StarMagic's hearhtrob AJ Perez' life is now in a book written by mom Marivic (Ma.Victoria Sarte-Perez) and Zenaida Roy Almario , A Smile of Hope: The Legacy of AJ Perez. I joined fellow bloggers at the book launch of the book at National Bookstore Trinoma last Sunday attended by classmates from La Salle Greenhills, fellow StarMagic talents Enchong Dee, Jessy Mendiola, Empress, Megan and Lauren Young, Martin Del Rosario and Rita Avila.
Hosted by Drei Felix who recalled hosting the batch's JS Prom, the book launch featured speech recalling their fond memories of AJ. Daddy Gerry Perez expressed his gratitude to family and friends who kept supporting AJ's endeavors. Brother Gello also shared his memories along with celebs who were present during the event.
Jessy Mendiola and Empress remembered how thoughtful and caring AJ was during shoot and tapings. When I read again how he died and who was there, I could not contain my tears. Dad Gerry was there all throughout. Being a mom, I could not imagine the pain. Regardless of what doctors and friends will say, the pain is unimaginable.
Writing about your thoughts and feelings may vent the hurt but I believe pain does not numb when losing the most important person in your life. It takes a moment of rest but the pain lingers. Sharing your feelings definitely ease it for a while but eventually you learn to move on. The book is an important read for those who suffer pain or would like to be inspired of pain losing a son. When you get tired of crying and it still hurts, keep writing. My sincere appreciation and congratulation to the beautiful mom who chose to live for the rest of the family awaiting strength and spirit and to Dad Gerry for keeping the faith so that others may gain strength as well. Thank you ABS-CBN Publishing, StarMagic and National Bookstore for the inspiring book and experience. Let us all learn from the story of AJ. Grab your copies of A Smile of Hope: The Legacy of AJ Perez now available at all NBS outlets nationwide. For more information, visit http://www2.abs-cbn.com/publishing/.