It's Showtime's emotional tribute for Hashtag Franco Hernandez

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It's Showtime hosts and the Hashtags broke down in tears while paying tribute to Hashtag Franco Hernandez, who died in drowning incident last Saturday. (READ: Franco Hernandez of Hashtags dies, had premonition of his death: "It's about time")


After a week of airing just taped episodes (because of Anne Curtis' wedding in New Zealand), It's Showtime was finally LIVE again today, November 15, and they dedicated it to Franco.

Today's live episode didn't open the usual way. It opened with a performance from Tawag ng Tanghalan judge Jed Madela, singing the songs 'Gone Too Soon' and 'See You Again' while the Showtime hosts, Hashtags and Girltrends were on stage, all wearing white.

Then after Jed's performance, Vice Ganda started to speak, recalled his memories with Franco. "Wala na ang anak kong conyo. Wala na yung lagi kong tinatawag na anak kong mayaman. Wala na yung lagi nating binibiro sa kanyang pananalita" the very emotional Vice said in his speech.

Vice Ganda: "Isa siya sa pinakapaborito kong anak, kase sobrang sweet. Nakita naman sa mukha ni Franco, di nawawala yung ngiti. Isa siya sa pinakapaborito ko dahil siya ung pinakamagaling sumayaw sa 2nd batch. Siya ung Zeus ng 2nd batch, siya ung leader pagdating sa sayawan. Siya rin ung unang-una kong naging close sa 2nd batch bukod kay Kid na barkada ko na dati pa."


Vice Ganda: "Naalala ko nung una ko syang nakausap, after nung grand finals ng Tawag ng Tanghalan sa Resorts World after-party. Nilapitan nya ko, tapos sabi niya: "Ate Vice, idol po kita. Gusto ko pong maging katulad nyo. Pano po ba maging katulad nyo?" Sabi ko, "Madali lang naman. Una, mag-out ka!"

Sabi niya, "Eh di naman po ako bakla."

Sabi ko, niloloko lang kita. Madali lang yan, just work hard, very hard."



Vice Ganda: "And every day as he worked here in Showtime, he worked very hard, he danced so hard. Kitang-kita ko sa kanya ung passion nya kung pano nya gustong magtagumpay. Sobrang bait ni Franco."

Vice also shared that he didn't join Anne's wedding reception in New Zealand when he learned about Franco's death. He said sorry to Anne for he was unable to celebrate with her that time and just stayed in his room after the wedding.

[READ ALSO: Franco Hernandez' girlfriend Janica shares last sweet video of them before the drowning incident]

The Hashtags and other hosts followed through, also took the chance to share their own beautiful moments they had with him.

Hashtag Vitto Marquez: "May isi-share lang po ako na pinatunayan sakin ni Franco, na 'Losing a friends hurts more than losing a romantic relationship'. Siya ung taong pinapatatag ako kapag alam niyang sobrang down ako."


Hashtag Wilbert Tolentino: "Franco, alam mo ang daya mo eh. Sinabi mo pa sakin sabay tayong lahat sisikat di ba. Pano na ung mga usapan natin? Mas malaki ka sakin, pero ikaw ang tinuturing kong kuya. Ikaw ung isa sa pinaka-napaproud sa ming lahat pag may projects kami. Ikaw ang pinakamabait na taong nakilala ko. Wala siyang pinipiling tao, mabait ka man, masungit ka man, kakausapin ka niya. Bro, idol na idol kita."

Hashtag Paulo Angeles opened up about the time he was having depression and wanted to quit Hashtags, but Franco helped him cope up and convinced him to stay.

Hashtag Paulo: "Bro, naalala mo ung huling pinag-usapan natin bago ka pumunta ng Davao? Sabi mo sakin, 'Bro, thank you. Naging totoo kang kaibigan.' Sabi ko, ako dapat magpasalamat sa 'yo kase nagkaroon ako ng depression, pare, at ikaw ung nandun para sa kin. Halos gusto ko nang umalis nun sa Hashtags, kase di ko na kaya, di ko na alam gagawin ko, wala na ko sa sarili, pero nandyan ka para suportahan ako. Maraming
salamat, pare."


For Hashtags' youngest member Bugoy Carino, Franco was like a real Kuya to him. He said he will offer to Franco all his future dance performances on Showtime.

I'm sure viewers at home cried with them. I can feel the pain and grief they're having in this difficult time they lost an amazing person like Franco.

Franco's wake is being held at the Arlington Memorial Chapels in QC, and the cremation is set for Friday, November 17. - Mykiru.ph

About Mykiru Isyusero

Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, Mykiru.ph has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.
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