Up to the final moments of ABS-CBN on the air, 40-year old Jackson Lucero remained a loyal Kapamilya.
A video of him standing with his right hand on his chest for the network’s last airing of the national anthem has been going around social media.
Lucero has Down syndrome, his nephew Dennis Caag said.
And while Lucero didn’t speak a word in the viral video, it was evident he was holding back tears as ABS-CBN went black.
“Base dun sa nangyari kagabi, tila papatak ang kaniyang mga luha at gustong gusto niyang umiyak,” Caag said.
“Alam naman natin na hindi lahat ng may Down syndrome ay nakakapagsalita pero ramdam natin kung gaano kasakit na sa pag shutdown na yun ay may isang special child na lubhang naapektuhan dahil sa nangyaring shutdown,” he added.
Caag recalled his uncle’s fondness for ABS-CBN shows his entire life, and said Lucero never switched TV channels.
“Ang pinaka-paborito niyang panoorin sa ABS-CBN ay Umagang Kay Ganda, Magandang Buhay, yung mga educational programs, Showtime, Probinsyano, TV Patrol at iba pang nakakaaliw na programa,” Caag said.
For a man with Down syndrome, Caag said it’s always a priceless moment when they see Lucero smile while watching TV.
“Bata palang po siya ABS-CBN na po yung kinahiligan niyang panoorin mula umaga hanggang dumating ang gabi. Mahilig siya sa ABS-CBN kasi dito niya nakikita ung saya na kahit sa simpleng palabas lang nagagawa niyang ngumiti.” Caag said.
Aside from news and entertainment, Lucero’s faith strengthened through ABS-CBN.
Caag said his uncle always hears mass through the network, and has been regularly praying the 3 o’clock habit, which airs in the Kapamilya network.
“Tuwang-tuwa siya po dun sa 3 p.m. prayer at lagi po siyang nag sa-sign of the cross. Also, nagsisimba siya every Sunday tuwing umaga kapag may Misa po.” Caag said.
Now that ABS-CBN has gone off the air, Caag worries for his solid Kapamilya uncle.
“Hindi pa rin namin alam kung anong magiging reaction niya sa paggising niya bukas,” he said.