AJ Perez's Eulogy

Steph Ayson, AJ Perez's non-showbiz girlfriend gave a heartbreaking eulogy at the Christ the King Parish in Quezon City. 

"I want to be a teacher, a lawyer, and suddenly a doctor. I want to be able to write well, to sing well, and to dance well. All of those changed except one. I knew I want to marry a guy. And his name was AJ Perez."

The couple met through a common friend sometime in September 2007. She mentioned that she was rather nonchalant during their first date while her emotions screamed otherwise. On the Valentines Day, AJ asked Steph to be his girlfriend.

"Cheesy, but that's AJ. Cheesy, sweet, sincere. He wanted to promise me the world, but I asked him not to. Because I was too afraid to hurt him, but he promised anyway, and he kept each one of them. He asked for my full trust. I admitted I was having a difficulty, but showed me that he knows what trust means and he'll never do anything to break that," she said between flowing tears.

She confesses, "I was a silly girl, writing our names beside each other. I was scribbling hearts and playing Flames and I would wake up every Saturday just to watch "About Your Love." I would sit in front of the TV and watch ASAP. I was a fan and I would like to think I was the biggest fan he had."

About AJ's untimely death, "if this is God's way of showing me forever, I accept it... AJ taught me how to love. He was very selfless. His love was the most pure thing on Earth. It was, in every way, unconditional. And probably that's the message here. He wants all of us to love the way he did also."

Steph ended her eulogy: "To my baby, you'll always be in my heart. Thank you for making my dreams come true. I'll take care of your family for you. And I'll love the way you loved me."

On his last day:  "He made me so happy, and even to his last day, he would talk to me and tell me that 'I want you always to be happy. I don't want you sad. I want you to smile a lot. You know why? Because I love you.' And I know as the days go by it will be very difficult but AJ would say he'd want us to be happy. That's the way he lived. He was happy," she said.

People close to AJ both in showbusiness and not paid their respects during the last night of his wake. Fellow Gigger Boys member Sam Concepcion, Steven Silva and Sarah Lahbati of GMA 7, Joseph Marco co-star from "Sabel", Ogie Diaz entertainment columnist and LSGH batchmate and "Mara Clara" actor Albie Casino. Jessy Mendiola fondly described the actor as sincere and genuine.

"Laging happy," as Sam Milby described the young actor.

"He's someone you want to be around because of his good energy, good vibes, and napakabait talaga. Such a bright future rin," he said.

"I just know that he's in a better place and I'm sure he's happy and that's for eternity na. But lahat kami, he touched a lot of lives and we'll just keep all the memories that we have of him," Sam added.

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