"Never siyang inalagaan and pabigat sa set. Ginawa niya lahat ng pinagawa ko sa kanya.
"It's nice to work with actors who trust you. Isa na si AJ dun."
FINAL APPEARANCE. Direk Dado considers having directed AJ in his final appearance as an actor, via the MMK episode, both a privilege and an honor.
"This MMK episode was first—and would be the last time I had worked with AJ.
"It was a privilege, an honor that I directed him in his final appearance as an actor," sabi niya.
What could have been AJ's great assets as an actor had the boy lived longer?
"Malaking asset ni AJ ang kanyang mga mata. Very expressive... nangungusap," sagot ng direktor.
"I've always told him, 'No extra movements. Just use your eyes to express your emotions.' And he did.
"Even in death, his eyes were utilized," makahulugang saad pa ni Lumibao.
Ito ay bilang pagtukoy sa kung paano magiging makabuluhan ang pagyao ni AJ dahil sa silbi ng mga cornea niyang papakinabangan ng dalawang nangangailangan.
"At yung timbre ng boses niya. In time, pag natutunan niyang kontrolin ito, he could have been the best actor in his generation.
"Am going to miss him. His last words after pack-up: 'Hope to work with you again, Direk!'
"And I said, happily, 'Yes, we will, soon!'" malungkot na huling sambit ni Direk Dado.