Franco death and the body to be cremated this Friday
The dead body of the Hashtag member Franco Miguel Hernandez arrived in Manila Monday night November 13. The wake of Franco's dead body will be in Arlington Memorial Chapel in Quezon City. Some of his relatives and friends extend their condolences to the bereaved family. The "It's Showtime" hosts who are currently in New Zealand for the wedding of Anne Curtis and Erwan Eusaff offered a prayer and a moment of silence for the death of their co-star Franco. As seen on the Instagram post of Tim Yap, a guest of the wedding, during the reception the guest dedicated a prayer for Franco Hernandez.
The cremation of the Franco Hernandez body is scheduled this coming Friday, November 17. The cause of Franco Hernandez death is drowning when a huge wave hit the boat they are boarding together with his girlfriend Janica Nam Floresca and co-Hashtag member Tom Doromal that leads to the fall off of Franco Hernandez and his girlfriend Janica Floresca on the sea.
The girlfriend of Franco Hernandez recalls her last moment with him. Boarding a locally motorize boat, they are on their way back to the shore of North Lamidan a place in Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental. When suddenly a huge wave hit the boat that causes Janica Floresca and Franco Hernandez fall from the boat. She said it takes them almost 30 minutes floating on the sea while gasping for air because they do not know how to swim. She screams to Franco to just keep fighting but all she saw was an unconscious body of Franco that does not answer to her call. She added that it was so difficult because both of them are drowning already.
When the boat operators finally pull them back to the boat and brought them to the shore, the boat operators try to revive the unconscious body of Franco Hernandez by CPR but could not get him to breath. He was immediately brought to Estacion Medical Clinic in the neighboring town of Malita to be revived, unfortunately, he was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician three in the afternoon last November 11.
His death was confirmed by his talent agency, Cornerstone Entertainment and sent an update to ABS-CBN News through MJ Felipe and reported on DZMM Radyo by Ogie Diaz. But prior to the news, some Hashtag members, co-host, and friends are already posting their grief for this great loss of a friend.
The Cornerstone releases an official statement regarding the death of one of its talent Franco Hernandez. It says "It is with deep sadness and grief that we accept the news of Franco Miguel Hernandez Lumunlan aka Hashtag Franco just pass away today." It added "He was a very promising talent and a true star in every sense of the word. He was passionate, hardworking, and humble and liked by all. He lived his life following his dreams and made every second count. Franco was not just our talent… He was part of our family. And our hearts break into million pieces for such a young life gone too soon. We will surely miss him. Rest in Peace, our ever dearest Franco."
His co-hashtag member Tom Doromal shared that they are not wearing a life jacket when the incident happened.
His girlfriend Janica Floresca shared their last video together on Instagram before boarding the motorized boat. She captions "You're so unfair, my love. You told me you want to make more memories with me, but why is it like this?" She continues saying "Please, don't break your promise to me. We have so many more dreams, my love! Come back, please. I miss you so much. I love you, you are the love of my life."
Past twelve midnight last Sunday, November 12 the dead body was transferred to the Davao Doctors Hospital in Davao City. And from there they travel the body to Manila the following day.
When the news of the death of Franco Hernandez broke on social media sympathy flooded for Hernandez from the co-stars in the industry, family, and die-hard fans. One of the first people to share his reaction on social media to the tragic incident was Vice Ganda the "It's Showtime" host. He said in his post on Twitter "Tragic. This is just so heart-breaking. Oh my God!" and was followed by another post stating "Ito yung pagkakataon na hinihiling kong sana ito ay fake news. Sana lang, please. (This the moment that I wish it is just a fake news. Would only please)". The "Umagang kay Ganda host Gretchen Ho shared a fangirl video of Franco Hernandez. His co-hashtag member shows deep bereavement of his death. Like Hashtag Wilbert Ross posted on Twitter "Paalam kaibigan @Hashtag_Franco (Goodbye friend @Hashtag_Franco)", Hashtag Maru Delgado posted "Too soon bro @Hashtag_Franco" and also Hashtag Jameson Blake posted "Won't have someone to impersonate me, you were good at that. You will be missed man.. @Hashtag_Franco God bless your soul". Also, Hashtag Ronnie Alonte posted on Twitter "Di ko kaya narinig ko #franco (I can't accept what I've heard #franco)". Followed by another post still from Hashtag Ronnie saying "Wag muna Lord! #franco (Not now Lord! #frnaco). Hashtag Mccoy de Leon posted on his Instagram account a photo of Franco and him with a caption "Bro sobrang binigla mo kami. Nakilala kita na mabuting tao at kaibigan. Maraming kang napasaya isa na ako dun. Basta lagi kong sasabihin sa'yo na proud na proud ako sa'yo, bro. Salamat, mamimiss ka naming. We love you. (Bro, you really shocked us. I knew you as a good person and as a friend. You made a lot of people happy and I'm one of them. I will always tell to you that I'm really proud of you, bro. Thank you and we will miss you. We love you.)". Hashtag Ryle Paolo Tan posted a photo of them on his Instagram account with a caption saying "Nakakainis ka. Sobra. Hindi ka man lang nagpaalam sa amin. Mahal na mahal ka naming, Franco. I will miss you. Bago bago mo palang sa Hashtag, nauna ka pang umalis. You were such a blessing, Franco. I hope you know that. (You're so annoying. It's too much. You didn't even bid goodbye to us. We love you so much, Franco. I will miss you. You're just new in the Hashtag group, but you were the one who left first. You were such a blessing, Franco. I hope you know that.)"
February on this year, Franco Hernandez was launched as a new member of the boy group Hashtags, that recently celebrated their second anniversary. He was introduced as the "Hataw Heartthrob" among the new members. During his launching, he said that the purpose of him joining the group Hashtag is to give the viewers of the "It's Showtime" program additional happiness. He even added that the kind of opportunity to make people happy and being part of a happy family is very rare to happen.
When the "It's Showtime" host Vice Ganda won the Best Male TV Host award, he dedicated his Star Awards for TV recognition to his late friend Franco Hernandez. The host wasn't able to personally accept the award since he was in New Zealand for his friend wedding, Vice Ganda asked other Hashtag members to accept his Best Male TV Host award for him.
Vice Ganda share on his Instagram account the video of the Hashtags' acceptance speech. He wrote a caption saying "My heart continues to break. This is just so painful. I dedicate my award to you my baby brother Franco"
With the sudden death of Franco, the fans speculated some premonitions about his death. Here are few that may have hinted the tragic death of a 21-year old man. First was the photo posted by Hashtag Don. The group gives an embrace but mysteriously only Franco is the one who seems to be looking elsewhere. The netizens point out quickly that it is the last and final look of Franco before bidding goodbye to the group. The second was the photo of Franco on his Facebook account. The photo may not look unusual at first except that this was just taken a few weeks before his death and even had the eerie caption, "It's about time." This seems to allude that Franco's time in this world is almost up. The third was the description Franco of himself in his Instagram account. He quoted "Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way." Netizens also couldn't help but be shocked at what seems to be Franco's anticipation of leading a short life. The fourth was his last two photos on his Instagram account that seem to lead to his final farewell. His photo capturing the clouds aboard a plane seem to associate to our image of the final resting place and heaven. Whether to believe on these premonitions, one thing remains that the passing of a young man who still has a lot to offer to the world is one tragic sad story.