FRANCIS MIGUEL HERNANDEZ LUMANLAN APRIL 1, 1991-NOVEMBER 11, 2017 HASHTAGS MEMBER & SHOWTIME HOST
“Umuwi na po siya sa tunay niyang tahanan.”
That’s what an emotional Vice Ganda said last November 15 of his “anak-anakan,” Franco Hernandez, a member of It’s Showtime’s all-male dance group, Hashtags. Franco, who was introduced to the public as a member of Hashtags just last February, passed away on November 11 in a boating accident while vacationing in Davao Occidental. He was 26 years old.
His death came as a shock to his It’s Showtime family, which was then celebrating two occasions: the second anniversary of the Hashtags, and the prewedding party of Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff in New Zealand. Amidst the celebrations, friends and fellow stars offered a moment of silence for the late dancer, who “envisioned himself staying with the Hashtags for the next few years,” according to a report by PEP.ph.
On November 15, four days after Franco’s death, the cast of It’s Showtime gave a tearful tribute to the dancer. In that tribute, Vice described Franco as a “sobrang sweet” guy who would often call him “Ma,” short for Mama. In between tears, Vice added: “Nakikita n’yo sa mukha ni Franco, hindi nawawala ang ngiti niya.”
Finally, on November 17, 2017, the dancer who always had a smile on his face was cremated at the Arlington Memorial Chapels in Quezon City.
Rest in peace, Franco. Though he only joined the Hashtags in February 2017, Franco made a mark on his showbiz colleagues with his growing talent and unwavering enthusiasm. Over the past months, the dancer spent a lot of happy moments with those he loved the most. Here are some of those moments: 1 The new Hashtags made an appearance on Vice Ganda’s late-night show Gandang Gabi Vice. With Vice (fourth from left) are Hashtags members (L-R) Kid Yambao, Franco, Wilbert Ross, Rayt Carreon, Maru Delgado, and CK Kieron. 2 It’s Showtime host Anne Curtis got a surprise dance number from (L-R) Franco, Zeus Collins, and Kid during her bridal shower. 3 In this publicity photo for the mobile show Hashtags Uncovered, Franco was notably the only one who turned to face the camera. 4 Franco was a sweet boyfriend to model-actress Janica Nam Floresca, who called the dancer “mahal.”