MANILA, July 27 (PNA) – President Benigno S. Aquino III has confirmed the declaration of Ronald Allan Kelley Poe, popularly known by his screen name as Fernando Poe Jr. as National Artist (Posthumous) for 2006.
On July 20, 2012, President Aquino signed Proclamation No. 435 confirming the declaration of Poe as National Artist for Films (Posthumous) as conferred in Proclamation No. 1069, dated May 23, 2006.
“Pursuant to the authority vested in me by law, I, Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines, do hereby confirm the declaration of Ronald Allan K. Poe a.k.a. Fernando Poe Jr. (Posthumous) as National Artist for Films as conferred in Proclamation No. 1069, dated May 23, 2006,” the proclamation read.
Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Presidential Proclamation 1069 which named Poe and five others as national artists. The five other artists were Bienvenido Lumbera for Literature, Ramon Obusan for Dance, Benedicto Cabrera for Visual Arts, Ildefonso Santos for Architecture and the late Ramon Valera for Fashion Design.
In November of 2010, FPJ’s family expressed willingness to accept the National Artist award under the Aquino administration following their rejection during the term of former president Macapagal-Arroyo and now Pampanga District II Representative.
Popularly known as “FPJ” and “Da King”, Poe was born on August 20, 1939 in Manila. He was married to actress Susan Roces (born as Jesusa Sonora) in December 1968 in a civil wedding. They were later married in a church. The couple adopted their only daughter, current Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairman Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares.
The king of Philippine cinema died in December 2004 due to a massive stroke. (PNA)