AJ Perez is Eye Bank's new poster boy

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Posted at Aug 25 2011 12:14 AM | Updated as of Aug 25 2011 08:14 AM

Late actor AJ Perez. File Photo

MANILA, Philippines - Late actor AJ Perez is now the poster boy of the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines.

The new poster was formally unveiled on Wednesday.

The recipients of Perez's corneas, as well as the late teen star's family and close friends, were present during the event.

Lawrence Villanueva and John Daniel de los Santos took the opportunity to express their sincerest gratitude to Perez for the second chance he had given to them.

According to the 28-year-old Villanueva, the cornea he got from Perez has helped him to be more productive in his job.

“Two months pa lang yung healing process niya. And then the vision dapat 1 year, and yet right now near 20[/20], 24/20 na ako,” he said during an interview with “TV Patrol.”

The 8-year-old de los Santos, on the other hand, said, “Guminhawa na po yung pakiramdam ko.”

Inspired by his older brother legacy, Angelo Perez also decided to become a cornea donor.

“I would love to donate, and it would be, I would be very proud of myself. I want to be just like my brother,” he said.