FRANCO HER­NAN­DEZ

FRAN­CIS MIGUEL HER­NAN­DEZ LUMANLAN APRIL 1, 1991-NOVEM­BER 11, 2017 HASH­TAGS MEM­BER & SHOW­TIME HOST

YES! (Philippines) - - In This Issue - TEXT BY SHARA CAYETANO PHOTOS CULLED FROM THE IN­STA­GRAM AC­COUNTS @HASHTAG_FRANCO, @HASHTAG_CK & @JANICANAM

“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.”

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