MANILA — Model Janica Floresca on Monday paid tribute to her late boyfriend, Franco Hernandez, on the second anniversary of the Hashtag member’s death.
On Instagram, Floresca shared photos of her with Hernandez on the beach, captioned with her message to the late dancer.
“I lost my heart exactly on this date when God called you home. It’s been over 2 years but it feels like just yesterday. I remember exactly how you looked like in that moment and it breaks my heart every time I see it. I remember the sound of my voice as I was screaming for help. I remember the times when I thought I heard you knock on the door and when I open it you’re not there. I remember the heaviness that came with the realization that you were truly gone forever and there‘s nothing I could do about it. I remember everything and I’ll never forget,” she wrote.
Hernandez died aged 26. He drowned during a vacation in Davao Occidental. He, along with Floresca and other companions, were on board a motorized boat when a strong wave caused them to fall into the water.
Floresca, in her post on Monday, said: “But for the sake of my sanity and my mental health, I grew myself in a way I didn’t know was even possible during those traumatic times. And without a doubt you have helped me shape into the woman I am today. Because of you I know how to love deeper, grow stronger, live happier, become a fighter, appreciate life.
“But there are days I’m asking myself ‘how can I stay strong?’ ‘how do I continue to smile and be happy?’ ‘How can I put my best foot forward today if I’m not feeling my best at all?’ Every single day is a struggle for me and it always will be but I have to keep going and have faith.”
Floresca ended on an optimistic note as she expressed confidence that Hernandez will help in “directing my path step by step, and I am blessed to know that.”
“I hope I make you so proud every single day. Thank you for always being there my love. You have shown me so much love and so much more up until now. And to love or have been loved, that is enough. You are always here in my everyday life and in every moment. It has been 2 meaningful years since the day God changed my life forever. But loving you will always be timeless. And as I turn this page, I’m wishing you a Happy 2nd birthday in heaven my Angel. Iloveyousomuch,” she said.