Joaquin and Benny from “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” may be enemies doomed to hate each other from the start, but in real life, Arjo Atayde and Pepe Herrera are brothers in bond.
Arjo even had to upload it in two separate posts, with one paying tribute to Pepe’s gift in music in the form of a video, and the other a silly photo booth snap where Coco Martin was even included.
On the first half of his farewell letter, Arjo revealed his fondness towards Pepe’s character on the top-rated show. He even talked about the first time he had to do a scene as Joaquin and Pepe as Benny.
“The first time I had a scene with Benny was hard for me because of the way he delivered his lines… It was just so real. His character was a good contrast of mine; full of happiness while mine was angsty,” he wrote.
In a similar note, Arjo could not help but also recall his final moments in front of the camera with Pepe.
“…It was the hardest for me to do because it was hard to act angry at someone who has easily become not only one of my best friends but my brother.”
Furthermore, Arjo admitted of being proud of his friend for the achievements he has accomplished, and for ‘growing as an actor and person.’
(1/2) It's been a journey…of love, laughter, drama, comedy, and friendship. Benny has personally been one of my favorite characters on Probinsyano and will remain to be till the end. The first time I had a scene with Benny was hard for me because of the way he delivered his lines…it was just so real. His character was a good contrast of mine…full of happiness while mine was angsty. And well, beyond the cameras, I got very close to Pepe that ending his journey on the show, our last scene together, was the hardest for me to do because it was hard to act angry at someone who has easily become not only one of my best friends but my brother. Benny was a happy-go-lucky type of person, one who knew the meaning of camaraderie, and the value of family. I'll have you know that Mr. Pepe Herrera, my brother and best friend, is just the same in real life. I'll never forget the time we talked once and we were talking about how FPJ's Ang Probinsyano helped both our careers and that thanking them or showing them gratitude will never be enough. @pepe.herrera (1/2)
“I pray for more years of adventures and lousy decisions,” he said.
Watch the full scene below: