It is almost three years since Candy Cutie AJ Perez left us. He could have been 21 today, could have been acting, could have been one of the industry's biggest stars. But this is not the time for thinking of What-Ifs and Could-Have-Beens. Today, we celebrate the life of one of showbiz's brightest and most humble stars—a young man with a sunny disposition who spreads positivity wherever he went. Let us take time today to say a short prayer for AJ, his family, and his loved ones, and thank the heavens for giving us a sweet and wonderful person who inspires us.
The Twitter-verse was flooded with so much love for the late AJ Perez today. Here are a few of our favorites:
Steph Ayson was AJ's girlfriend. She has managed to stay out of the limelight for the length of her relationship with the Star Magic talent, but came out and made her love for AJ known when the actor died in a vehicular accident.
"To keep in our hearts those who die is to let them live forever." HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGEL@ajperez17! ☝️❤️— Steph Ayson (@stephayson) February 16, 2014
Gello Perez, AJ's younger brother, paid him a visit at Manila Memorial Park yesterday.
At Manila Memorial Park with my cousin @katsarte_b Advance Happy Birthday kuya @ajperez17 😊👼 pic.twitter.com/nj2Wuqama3— Angello Perez (@gelloperez) February 16, 2014
Lauren Young was the actor's loveteam. They appeared together in shows like Star Magic Presents: All About A Girl and Abt Ur Luv.
You are missed, you are loved, you are remembered. Happy birthday to one of my first&fave love teams ever. #HappyBirthdayAJPerez
— Lauren Young (@loyoung) February 17, 2014
happy birthday brotha @ajperez17 we miss you bro :)— Rammy Bitong ⚡ (@rammybitong) February 16, 2014
He have a pure heart for others thats why he will always be remembered. Happy bday @ajperez17— Vanz Baquiran (@Unica_Nessa) February 17, 2014
Happy 21st Birthday @ajperez thank you for inspiring us and making us happy.. #RememberingAjPerez— gladys jane mayoral (@gladysmayoral17) February 17, 2014
@ajperez17 Happy Birthday Aj Perez, thank you for inspiring us and making us happy I miss you. your memories remain in our hearts forever— Sherry Maternal (@sherryberry07) February 17, 2014
Advance Happy 21st Birthday AJ Perez @ajperez17. Hope you're still alive but I know you are happy wherever you are right now w/ Papa God.— dakkie sibayan (@dakkiesibayan) February 16, 2014
@ajperez17 enjoy your debut in heaven jae... Hai kung alam mo lang kung gano kita ka miss.. enjoy your day my beloved angel!! Hugs&kisses— elmira balboa (@elmirabalboa) February 17, 2014
a simple tribute for you @ajperez17 i made this one the time that you died. #happyBirthdayAJPerez pic.twitter.com/E5QeUueAeZ— Felyp Quiñones (@felypARIEL) February 16, 2014
What do you miss most about AJ, Candy Girls? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @candymagdotcom to join the conversation!