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John Garry Alcantara Erana
  • 28 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 31, 1986
  • Date of passing: Jan 25, 2015
Let the memory of John Garry be with us forever.
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, John Garry Erana, 28, born on August 31, 1986 and passed away on January 25, 2015. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ruby Cruz on 1st September 2016

"Stopping by here today, I want  to tell you that I always keep you in my prayers.  Rest in peace my hero, justice  will prevail and you will get the  justice that you fought for so  hard  and in the end  you losing  your  life  on earth.  But  we will all meet in heaven and that time  I can thank you face to face. You are a brave and honorable man. Happy Birthday in Heaven....!"

This tribute was added by Ruby Cruz on 30th January 2016

"stopping  by to leave  a message  in his  memory. It has been a year since I read and see this news in the  internet I am still in the  states but I still cannot  forget the  lives of the  young  heroes lost with you.  It is such a shame a lot of brave men like  you just gone that way.  I don't know  you in person but  I am really sad and  wish you are still alive protecting our country.  You are a HERO by all means I hope  you rest in peace in the  arms  of the  Angels  in heaven.  "MY HERO" Gary Erana" soldiers never die they just fade away...!"

This tribute was added by rannie lou patricio on 25th January 2016

"" Hi Sir Garry alam kng masaya ka na sa piling nang ating ama sa heaven...at mabibigyan din kayo nang justice...isa rin nyan sa dasal ko..."

This tribute was added by Christine april Delacruz on 25th January 2016

"Sir garry .. Alam ko nagpapahinga na kayo sa ating Ama . Gusto mong maging masaya ang iyong mahal sa buhay at tanggapin ng buong puso na ang iyong pagkawala ay bunga ng pagmamahal sa inang bayan at sa kapakanan ng nakararami. Hindi tayo personal na magkakilala ngunit ang sakit at pighati na aking nararamdaman ay parang kamag anak na nawalan ng mahal sa buhay . Ramdam ko ang sakit at pait na nararamdaman ng iyong kamag anak ngayon ngunit , masaya na sila saan ka man naroroon dahil alam naming lahat na dyan sa pinuntahan mo ay walang sakit at lungkot na nadarama. Kayong 44 na commandos ay tinawag upang sa ating Amang lumikha nman maglingkod ng buong katapatan. Salamat sayo sir garry at sa mga kasamahan mo sa pagmulat sa aming mga mata na mayroong pnp-saf na tinalaga para lumaban sa terorista at sa katahimikan ng buong bansa .. Hindi matatawaran ng anumang medalya ang pagbubuwis mo ng buhay sir garry . Kaya mula sa kaibuturan ng aking puso maraming maraming salamat sir garry sa ipinakita mong katapangan at pagsalba sa buhay ng nakararami mong kababayan .. SNAPPIEST SALUTE SIR ! .. May you rest in peace !"

This tribute was added by Eileen Dela Cruz on 25th January 2016

"...eternally rest in peace, my fraternal brother... you and the rest of our brothers who passed away with you on that fateful day, exactly a year today, will not be forgotten in our APO hearts and minds.... a proud three-fingered salute for all of you!"

This tribute was added by Jocelyn Gumpad on 25th January 2016

"no one will ever forget your bravery.. we are always praying for justice.."

This tribute was added by Rosemarie Gablines on 25th January 2016

"one year since the incident happen and yet the justice haven't served. so sad.. the government didn't make any move for the justice. we'll just continue praying for the justice to be served. May the souls of the fallen heroes rest in peace and may they help us to find the justice they deserved."

This tribute was added by suzette tucay on 22nd January 2016

"I still cannot hold back my tears. Indeed, all the memories of love, hurt, joy, pain and suffering do not perish at all. No one will ever understand. But I pray that you are now with the Almighty.  I miss you so much mahal ko..."

This tribute was added by suzette tucay on 22nd January 2016

"I still cannot hold back my tears. Indeed, all the memories of love, hurt, joy, pain and suffering do not perish at all. No one will ever understand. But I pray that you are now with the Almighty.  I miss you so much mahal ko..."

This tribute was added by Lea ordinario on 6th January 2016

"Malapit na pala mag isang taon, Hanggang ngayon, saludo parin ako sainyo! Sana makamit nyo na ang justice Sir."

This tribute was added by Marvi Calabio on 4th November 2015

"Time may heal, others may forget. We have been with you since that fateful day and will continue to pray for justice to be served. You may have left too soon, but never short of good deeds and memories. Remembering you John Garry and all the Fallen."

This tribute was added by Jocelyn Gumpad on 31st August 2015

"The Heavens are celebrating your 29th birthday sir Garry. Happy 1st Birthday up there.."

This tribute was added by Dannah Achurra on 31st August 2015

"May the Angels sing to you the most joyous chorus of "Happy Birthday"
today!!! Happy 29th Birthday Sir John!!!! Rest Peacefully!!!"

This tribute was added by Jessica Trinidad on 31st August 2015

"Happy 29th Birthday, PCI John Garry A. Erana. Today, we also celebrate National Heroes Day. Just in time for your birthday. You truly are our hero and you deserved to be one. You together with the rest of your fallen comrades will never be forgotten. We will continue to pray and hope that justice will soon be served. Thank you so much for your gallantry so that many of us will live..."

This tribute was added by Magna Marie Carandang on 31st August 2015

"Happy birthday hero! You would've been 29 today...but heaven needed you more. We will never forget about you and all your good deeds and sacrifices...rest in peace now in god's loving arms..."

This tribute was added by joe mari diamzon on 14th August 2015

"the Few the Proud  Salutes, special action force 44 (seaborne)commando....the War and the Fight is not yet over we will continue...till the last of our breathe..."

This tribute was added by stella grace salcedo on 7th July 2015

"5 months already passes by but the pain in our heart  still  here!...losing one great man like u Sir John Garry Erana ay isang kawalan sa bansa ntin...kilangan k p sana nang sang bayanan nang pilipinas pero ang mga wlang utak n nkakataas ay hinayaan lng n kau ay ubusin nang mga walang puso n kaaway!! Pero we all know that everything happen for a reason cgro mas kilangan kau ni god sa langgit kya doon n kau pina distino...milliong milliong pasasalamat ayh kulang pa po sa kabayanihang gnwa nyu mahal sa mahal nting bayan,,kau poh at hndi makaka limutan nang buong bansa dhil sa kagitingan n inyu pinamalas...ky snappy salute to you sir and to the rest of  your men!!my you live their up happily and peacefully...Brave 44 will never be forgotten..."

This tribute was added by stella grace salcedo on 7th July 2015

"5 months already passes by but the pain in our heart  still  here!...losing one great man like u Sir John Garry Erana ay isang kawalan sa bansa ntin...kilangan k p sana nang sang bayanan nang pilipinas pero ang mga wlang utak n nkakataas ay hinayaan lng n kau ay ubusin nang mga walang puso n kaaway!! Pero we all know that everything happen for a reason cgro mas kilangan kau ni god sa langgit kya doon n kau pina distino...milliong milliong pasasalamat ayh kulang pa po sa kabayanihang gnwa nyu mahal sa mahal nting bayan,,kau poh at hndi makaka limutan nang buong bansa dhil sa kagitingan n inyu pinamalas...ky snappy salute to you sir and to the rest of  your men!!my you live their up happily and peacefully...Brave 44 will never be forgotten..."

This tribute was added by glen toledo on 2nd July 2015

""REST IN PEACE Sir John Garry Erana, sobrang hanga ako sayo at pinahanga mo ang buong bansa dahil sa iyong kabayanihan, hinding hindi namin malilimutan ang sakripisyo nyo #fallen44 dahil sayo SIR, nainspired ako pumasok ng PNPA at maging SAF commando tulad nyo." From Davao Del Sur"

This tribute was added by Dannah Achurra on 18th June 2015

"I never know you not until this Mamasapano incident, and that I will never know you for you had finished your mission here on earth, but with all the stories that I've heard about you, on News, friends, colleagues, family and especially from Suzette by sharing your Love story in MMK, We just lost a great man...  Dear Captain, thank you for sparing your life for our country, for making every Filipino safe and sound, thank you for being so brave in where others are being coward, thank you for being so true when others speak lies. thank you for your life that we are able to stay alive... thank you Major Erana.  SNAPPY SALUTE SIR.... go on and rest in peace our HERO. May God bless your soul... you will never be forgotten.... P.S. ( pls. watch over Inday Suzette)"

This tribute was added by Ruby Cruz on 17th June 2015

"May the angel of the  Lord embraced you in her arms and give you warmth in the darkest hour and shine the  light  on you and give you rest and peace....my hero!"

This tribute was added by mary liwag on 13th June 2015

"Sumasaludo po ako sa katapangan, kagitingan, at kabutihan ni  Sir Garry Erana! Ang bansang Pilipinas po ay nawalan ng isang napakagiting na tao...hindi ko man po kayo kilala sa personal at hindi nyo man po ako kilala sa personal,sa totoo lang po ako ay nasasaktan at masamang masama loob sa nangyari,kahit po sino ay walang gusto mangyari ang ganoon... Ako po ay nasasaktan dahil lahat po tayo ay human beings, napakasama po ng ginawa nila sa SAF 44...ako ay nakikiramay ng taos puso...at bilang Pilipino...noong nalaman ko po ang balita ay naiiyak pa ako at naging curious sa paksa, na sana ay mag palabas ng buhay ng SAF 44 sa tv... ako po ay natouch sa kulay ng buhay ni Sir Garry... Kaya po sinubaybayan ko ito kahit wala ako sa Pilipinas ng ipinalabas ito sa mmk ay pinanood ko po sa internet at naiiyak po ako...Siya po ay napaka bait at mabuting kapatid sa kanyan mga kapatid at magulang,marami siyang pangarap para sa kanyang pamilya at isang mabuting nobyo kay Mam Suzette niya... naalala ko pa po noong unang date nila ay ayaw dw po nya maupo sa tabi ni Mam Suzette dahil gusto nya makita ang mga ginagawa ng tao sa paligid ng kanyang minamahal upang maprotektahan nya ito , napaka well-trained po nya hindi lamang po bilang Commando, ngunit maging sa pag protekta ng kanyang mga minamahal sa buhay...kapag naaalala ko po ang mga nakikita ko sa balita ay bigla nalang po ako nalulungkot...buti na lamang po ay naipalabas ang buhay ni Sir Garry sa mmk at kahit papano po ay nakagaan ng loob dahil punong puno po ng pag mamahal ang nangibabaw sa istorya. Pagmamahal sa kanyang pamilya at pagmamahal sa kanyang tanging mahal, si Mam Suzette... Ipinag dadasal ko po ang SAF 44 noong nabalitaan ko nangyari...talaga po makabagbag damdamin ang istorya ng buhay nyo saludo po kami sainyo! Sigurado po nasa piling na po kayo ng Poong Maykapal, Nawa po ay magsilbi po kayong anghel sa minamahal ninyong pamilya at nobya na si Mam Suzette, at someday hiling ko po na magkasama sama po kayo ng mga minamahal nibyo sa buhay at para rin po sa happy ending ninyo ni Mam Suzette nyo po... Maybe Heaven needs a hero like you po... kung saan po sa langit ay wala na po paghihirap at pasakit... Saludo po kami sainyo, kahit kailan po hindi namin kayo malilimutan... Bagkus, ipapaalam po namin sa mga susunod na henerasyon ang kabayanihan, katapangan, at kagitingan ng SAF 44..."

This tribute was added by Christine april Delacruz on 3rd June 2015

"A snappy salute to Sir JOHN GARRY ALCANTARA ERANA.
Sobrang hanga po ako sa kabayanihan ninyong 44 saf commandos na niyaya ka na ng ksma mu na mag widthraw pero mas pinili mo mag stay kse sinabe mu walang iwanan. Sobrang isa kang huwaran at tunay na anak ng bayan ! Muntik na magkaroon ng pagbabago kung ikaw sana ang magiging leader ng bansa na syang pinangrap mo. Sobrang nakakatouch ang storya mo sa mmk . Sabe mupa dun wala nang saysay ang buhay mo kung aalis ka sa serbisyo mo . Salamat at nagkaroon kmi ng pagkakataon na kilalanin ka . Sir isa kang inspirasyon . Alam nmin na ksma muna ang ating creator im sure isa ka sa pinaka matapang at masugid nyang kawal sa langit . Siguro isa isa nya kayo niyakap at sinabing MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ! Ngayon anjan kana sya namn daw ng paglingkuran mo . Heaven is needing a hero like you . Slmat sir sa katapangan at pagligtas . Hanggang sa muli. Saludo din po ako sa magulang ni Sir garry na pinalaki syang maayos at may pagmmhal hindi lang sa kapwa pati na rin sa inang bayan . Isang mapagmhal na kpatid na laging umaagapay at isang mpagmhal na nobyo na laging proud sa kanyang minamhal at suportado anu man ang napili nitong gawin .. Saludo ako sa inyong lhat . Slmat .. Maraming slmat po ."

This tribute was added by Jocelyn Gumpad on 29th May 2015

"Holding on to this faith that Justice will be served, it may not be now,
but God for sure will never forsake our gallant 44.
Sir Garry Erana may have died physically, but whats left behind is a legacy of bravery, not only for soldiers, but to all filipinos who benefited from their sacrifices.
Sir garry.. Wherever you are, thank you.. May you and your batallion up there continue to battle for whats right and just.."

This tribute was added by Rosemarie Gablines on 28th May 2015

"You're a big lost to us filipinos Sir Garry. You're the best example of a truly hero. Inalay mo ang buhay para sa mamamayan, sana lang dumating ang panahon na mabigyan ng hustisya ang pagkamatay ninyo kasama ang 43 pang SAF Troopers. Nasasaktan kami kahit hindi ka namin kilala personaly.. upon watching MMK subrang na touch ako dahil bakit sa inyo pa nangyari ang insedenting yon. But God has a purpose.. sana maging angel ka nalang sa mga mahal mo sa buhay.."

This tribute was added by em treagus on 27th May 2015

"Nobody is perfect but Sir Garry is one of the very few who is close to perfection. Intelligent mind, handsome face, great leadership skills, literary flair, humility, bravery etc. You have touched so many lives with the way you lived your life. Thank you so much for your valor. God has gained another angel in heaven."

This tribute was added by Weng Torlee on 26th May 2015

"PSI Garry Erana, You've touched so many lives of Filipinos with your story. It's a great pity that you have gone too soon!  You could've been a good leader of our country!  My prayers are with you & the rest of SAF 44. Justice will come in time, through the hands of our Almighty God!  Thankyou for inspiring us. You will not be forgotten!"

This tribute was added by Linuz Red Mendoza on 24th May 2015

"Hello gallant hero! Its been 4 months since you left this unperfect world. I know  brotherthat you are already standing before Gods throne, dress in glory not your own. And what a joy you feel of all these days. No more tears and broken dreams, no more desth and sorrow ever know again. As it is that it was meant to be.

There should be only one like you. the only one John garry erana who become a good friend and brother to us..."

This tribute was added by arlene madrid on 18th May 2015

"They died a meaningful death on the side of justice and righteousness.PSI John Garry Erana was a brave man,when i watch the MMK episode napahanga ako sa kwento ng kanyang buhay at love story with Atty.Suzette Tucay after i watched nag searched na ako sa internet,facebook at twitter even his sister's acct.in FB,until now binabalikbalikan ko ung kanilang mga video hindi ko man kayo kilala personally but you touch our lives.Sayang sa maikling panahon bigla kang nawala marami ka pang pangarap na gusto mong mabuo especially magkaroon ng isang magandang pamilya together w/atty .suzette.We Salute you Sir!You are a Hero to us."

This tribute was added by lhianne gabriel on 13th May 2015

"John... di lang dapat pang MMK buhay mo e,, dapat sa movie din,, marami kpa kasing magagandang katangian na di nasabi dun.. masakit parin sa dibdib... but well done brother,, i will downlod all your videos with your mahal miss suzette... papakita ko sa sweetzerland pagbalik ko...i double hand salute not only now,, but eversince... you see my fiancee was an alcantara also..now i know bakit ka umalis sa nursing noon.. you are a hero... miss you john..."

This tribute was added by lhianne gabriel on 13th May 2015

"PSI john garry erana...di parin mag sink in sakin na wala kana... its been 4 years the last time i saw you,, no communication,, until one day nakita ko sa news pangalan mo..but your gone... i will miss you brother... im proud of you..

You can now fly...you can now soar...far above these world where troubles are no more..."

This tribute was added by arryze cayana on 8th May 2015

"Mahal ko, sobrang miss na kita.. sobra sobra... it still pains me a lot, yung pagkawala mo.. gumuho mundo ko when you left.... i dont want to even fix it... but i know i have to, para sayo at para sa sarili ko... Where are you now mahal?  Mahal na mahal kita... more than this lifetime mahal ko..."

This tribute was added by joyce bartonico on 5th May 2015

"still can't move on after mmk! how sad to know how brave you are for our country... I am so touched and can't help myself not to cry for your sudden "death" Sometimes we cud really asked God why??? Untimely death is very painful especially to Suzette I can feel you... After watching the mmk. I told my son not to enroll in PMA or to be a policeman a soldier/army or any course related to men in uniform. I just realized now how hard life to serve our country.. Salute to SAF FALLEN44 and I am very proud to be a daughter of a Policeman!! God bless and have mercy to their souls....My heart is breaking."

This tribute was added by Rosemarie Gablines on 5th May 2015

"You will be remember today and tomorrow Sir Garry.. Rest in Peace."

This tribute was added by Marlon John Nieva on 4th May 2015

"Sir 16 plang po ako naiyak ako ng mapanuod ko story nyo sa mmk balak ko pong i download para ipAkita sa mga kaibigan ko dito sa canada kung gano kayo lahat katapang saludo po ako lahat sainyo"

This tribute was added by Quennie Esteban on 4th May 2015

"Sir Gary, saludo kami sa iyo at sa iyong kadakilaan, kasama na ang 43 SAF Troopers. Mahal ka nang buong sambayang Pilipino. Rest in Peace Sir. You're story moved me, in mmk. Salamat sir. To his family, condolence po sa inyo. To his fiancee, Miss Suzette Tucay, Miss, condolence, God bless you."

This tribute was added by Analyn Villagracia on 4th May 2015

""We Salute you sir John Garry Erana..Hindi man kta naklala ng personal pero saludo ako sa kabayanihang gnawa mo at ng ibng SAF members..nkka panghihinayng man na bkt ang isang tulad nyo pa ang nawala...i inspire on your story in mmk..you are such a brave man sir...

#kudostoPSIJOHNGARRYERANA
#BRAVE44"

This tribute was added by jade guidangen on 4th May 2015

"I do not know you po personally but i came to admire u so much.You were a good person and a great loss to our nation.
Everytime i read write ups about u i can't help but utter "y him when he could do more for our country?" but then i know God has HIS reasons.maybe heaven is needing a hero just like you. Your life on earth might be a short one,but you have done so much.it was a life well lived i believe.!
Thank you so so much for sacrificing your life for us filipinos.you and ur comrades are indeed our hero and we will never forget your bravery.
Rest in peace sir! and may those you left behind know that you are loved byso many, may God bless and heal them."

This tribute was added by Luidel Gonzales on 26th April 2015

"Sir your a hero. Thank you very much for your braveness."

This tribute was added by allen dave Dinong on 24th April 2015

"Please watch on April 24,2015 at Maalaala mo Kaya .host by Ms.Charo Santos .A tribute of Fallen 44 slain in Mamasapalo Maguindanao last January 25,2015.."

This tribute was added by Ervin Jade Agoncillo on 21st April 2015

"my snappy salute to you sir erana...
Dugong Makyo, Dugong Bayani...."

This tribute was added by melissa fernando on 9th March 2015

"I just learned and heard your name in the news after that tragic incident happened, and that i dont personally you at all. But i know you have such a good heart. I come to know that you are currently on your PhD course when that incident happened. You are not only concern with your career, but also with your mahal's that why you helped send her study abroad. You had so much dreams for yourself and also for the family you are supposed to build with suzzette. But now, those dreams were shattered. Nonetheless, you died a meaningful death and your heroism and bravery will never be forgotten. Sleep well PSI Erana and let the powerful hands of god heal your wounds. Rest in eternal peace....."

This tribute was added by Jessica Trinidad on 5th March 2015

"Dear Capt., our hero, I  can never thank you and all your fallen comrades enough for the ultimate sacrifice you all have made. Capt, I may not even know you personally but until now I feel the pain of your loss. I can say that I have become your fan. I almost read all the articles about you. I admire you not only because of  your good looks but for how you have touched so many lives. It seemed that they couldn’t believe that you’re gone too soon for you could have accomplished so much more… but God has already called your name and maybe, He just needed you there.

It has been 40 days now since that fateful day happened. Rest assured that we, Filipinos will continue to pray for all the Fallen 44. We hope that justice will be served. We also hope that all of you are now in a place where there is no more war, only peace… everlasting peace."

This tribute was added by cherrylyn catequista on 3rd March 2015

"You will never be forgotten..Thank you  for your brave sacrifices. Rest in Peace Sir Jhon. " Snappy Salute""

This tribute was added by Elmelen Rudd on 3rd March 2015

"Thank you Sir Erana for what you've done to protect not only philippines but the world......  heaven needs a HERO like you too....   ;-("

This tribute was added by Andrea Apple Adonis-Biscante on 3rd March 2015

"i salute u such a young and brave hero aside from having a good looks u also have a good heart u fought and rest of ur comrades till ur last breath thank u for giving us peace!!!"

This tribute was added by Dhongskie Palma on 26th February 2015

"I admire and salute you Sir Garry Erana and the rest of fallen SAF. Rest in peace. Thank you saving our country. All of you will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by rubie bedrio on 25th February 2015

"Our hearts are heavy with sadness and tears,but your memories are
Full of love and kindness you gave to our nation over the years..
Rest in peace SIr JHon garry Erana  we greatly missed forvever cherished and always remembered you as our Hero of the entire nation.."

This tribute was added by charife navarro on 23rd February 2015

""Sir garry we are so proud of you! You have proven that valor and honor still exsist. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping our country safe and permitting us to be free. Are thoughts are with you always.""

This tribute was added by Carmelina Bolay-og on 21st February 2015

"You are a great loss to humanity. May God embrace your love ones behind...thank you for your dedication in serving our country. Rest for now.."

This tribute was added by Mark Costanilla on 19th February 2015

""May the souls of rest in peace, and live with joy"

This tribute was added by jen mondero on 16th February 2015

"For your bravery and heroism, the snappiest salute, sir Garry, together with the other fallen SAF troopers who fought and laid down your lives so that others may live. I have only come to know you after that tragic incident in Mamasapano. I have read a lot about you and all I can say is that you are a very big loss to this country. Thank you for being our hero, sir! You will never be forgotten!"

This tribute was added by Jocelyn Gaspar on 14th February 2015

"I salute you 'SIR JOHN GARRY ALCANTARA ERANA "You gave your life and live all your love one's in life,most of all  to your mahal SUZETTE TUCAY,I ask from you to guide, shield and an angel to  your mahal.. May you rest in peace.."

This tribute was added by Jocelyn Gaspar on 14th February 2015

"My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place - police, firefighters and members of our armed forces....
Be a guardian angel to your love one's SIR GARRY..."

This tribute was added by Dennis Edillo on 13th February 2015

"I Salute you Sir.  I don't know you at all, but what you've done for the Country, you did for me as well! My Brother is your brother in PNPA '09; and for that I feel that you are my half-brother too. My Brother-SPI D.V.Edillo, have a lot of good words for you. He said to me that you would have become a great PNP Chief somebody. He can't even believe you're gone already. For us-filipinos, your passing-together w/ the rest of the brave 43 young police officers, is "sobrang sayang". GOD Bless your Soul Brother."

This tribute was added by james joey Dinong on 12th February 2015

"I solute you sir ...sa katapangan mo..Hoping the justice given 2 all Fallen Soldier slain in mindano ..equal justice...Love country and unity..."

This tribute was added by Katrina Andaliza on 11th February 2015

"Heroes today, legends tomorrow. Thanks for the unparalled service youve rendered. May you rest in peace."

This tribute was added by jc b on 10th February 2015

"JG E, i still can't believe you're gone now. My friend, I would've been happy to see you build your family and fulfill your dreams. You are such an inspiration to many. It's such a great loss that a person like you who could've done so much more for his family, friends and our nation was gone so sudden and whose life was so tragically taken away. Its hard to accept, but we can only put our trust in the Lord, all things happen for a reason. I feel that your death, together with the other fallen 43, happened for a greater purpose. You and the other 43 fallen SAF men are our heroes who offered their very lives to save the Philippines from a greater tragedy. Sometimes I ask myself, why? your life is more precious than hundreds or even thousands of these terrorists...You do not deserve this! But now I see how the people of the Philippines were awakened from this, how once apathetic people, were touched, and are now crying out for justice, searching for truth! Questioning the constitutionality of BBL, questioning sincerity of MILF for the peace talks! There is where I see the light, gleaming at the end of this very dark tunnel. Your death is not in vain. Your death is for a greater purpose. A death only accorded for a man of valor. We mourn for your death, but we celebrate the purpose of the life you honorably lived. Thank you for the inspiration to do good. Thank you for the friendship. May your family find peace and comfort in God's loving arms.
May your soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by MT SC on 10th February 2015

"Like many of those who added a tribute for him, I also do not know Mr. John Garry personally. I am just one of the million Filipinos who mourn and grieve of what happened.

There is something about Mr. John Garry that really captivated my attention. I started researching about him over the internet --- and then I felt so much sadness and regret. It even almost turned to a depression. It affected so much of me. Why? This person is very promising, he could even be the next PNP chief! I even saw him on news articles posted last 2009. He had so many accomplishments, he is a man of wisdom and courage!The more that I searched, the more that I realize how big of a loss he is to our society.

I searched for him in FB, Twitter, Instagram... all I can say is that the people who know him really respect him so much, they really love and miss him. I thank the Lord for creating a one John Garry Erana, a person admired by those who knew him and a person who touched the lives of people who did not even get a chance to meet him personally. (Oh, how I hope there is a time machine... )

To you and all the 43 brave men who fought for us, I salute you! Being thankful isn't enough :( Someday, in another life, I hope to be able to salute you all.

Sir John Garry, you probably are a hero in the making ever since the time you were born. You made an impact to my life. You will forever be my HERO."

This tribute was added by Charito Patel on 10th February 2015

"I was following the entire incident and up until now, I am still in disbelief of the demise of these brave and valiant young men who fought to their last breath. But what strikes me the most was of SPI JG Erana. He was young, bright, accomplished and yet have chosen the path to fulfill his duty and serve his country. What a loss!  I cry for all the men that lost their lives but I cried more for him. There are so much ahead of him. My heart goes to his parents especially his mother. I feel their pain and I'm so sorry for their loss. And for you Suzette...be strong and pray for his peace. Thanks for creating this space. I've been wanting to vent. The memory of their demise keep haunting me. I hope that writing here will bring that peace in me. And for you John Garry...may you rest in peace with God! You will be remembered by those whose lives you touched."

This tribute was added by Guillan Juntong on 9th February 2015

"Honestly, I came to a point that I got to ask God na sana buhayin Nya ang SAF44 na nawala. All bargaining I did. This last few months I felt lost and down, thinking of suicidal attempt. Because that time there was no reason for me to live. I cried everyday and everynight. And now this incident happened, I told myself na sana ako nalang ang namatay. Sana pwede pang ibalik ang buhay ng SAF44 at ako nalang ang kapalit. Na sana pwedeng I magic ang lahat. Pero alam ko impossible mangyari yan. Wala na akong magagawa kundi ipagdasal ang kanilang kaluluwa at ang kanilang naiwang mahal sa buhay. Kabalo ko magkita2x japon ta ninyo sa langit tanan. And I will wait for that day."

This tribute was added by RHEALYN SINGIDAS on 9th February 2015

"life can be so tough at times...but whatever that happens, theres always a reason behind it...but why is it that there are things that so hard to understand....you always look for things or people to blame...you always look for answers to all your so hard questions and never found one....you wonder and wander around but havent seen any...theres always WHY....but as you walk through it, you will realize theres always our BIG GOD whos the only one who can answer everything, HEs the only one who can fix whats broken, HEs the only one we can turn to anytime of the day 24/7, HEs the only one we all need everyday 24/7...so whatever that we are facing right now, good or bad, we all have to be thankful and always trust HIM with all our hearts and mind that everything will be alright in GODs perfect time....."

This tribute was added by chenky galvez on 9th February 2015

"Everytime I saw the news about that tragic incident flashes on our tv, I can't help but fall into deep thought asking "why? what if? maybe if?". there comes a time when I ask myself "what if nagdoctor or nag engineer nalang tong mga to, wala sana mga pangalan nila sa balita ngayon." But then naisip ko rin ang selfish naman ng tanong ko panu pala kun nasa SAF talaga ang calling nila?And they're destined to become a hero... Sir JOHN GARRY ERANA and the other FALLEN43, I salute you! Hindi ko man po kayo kilala personally pero every night po kayong nasa prayers ko together ng mga naiwan nyong love ones... Thank You for the heroism and hanggang sa huli ang bayan natin ang inisip nyo...

You will never be forgotten. MAY JUSTICE BE SERVE ASAP."

This tribute was added by Jules Lamug on 9th February 2015

"Words are scarce so we defer to what the poet wrote

"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime;
And departing leave behind us
Footprints in the sands of time..."

Accept our gratitude and admiration... Salute to a hero!"

This tribute was added by Maricor Elleso on 9th February 2015

"I don't know you personally i just knew about you when that fateful event happened, but i don't also know why you've touched me so much. Since I saw your pictures on the news & the internet I've been researching all about you and your life. You are such a great loss to this country.. People who are like you should have lived longer, but I know God loves you so much that He wants you to go home & to be with Him.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for laying your life for this nation. You are indeed a REAL LIFE HERO! Salute to you Sir JOHN GARRY ERANA!
We will always pray that JUSTICE be served.."

This tribute was added by Guillan Juntong on 8th February 2015

"Sir John Garry Alcantara Erana, wla manta nag-ila sa personal pero sakitan kaayo ko sa nahitabo sa inyo. Dili na nako maihap kung kapila ko nihilak everytime makit-an nako inyong picture. I just want you to know that I admire and adore you so much for the bravery you have shown to our country. You are one of a kind. You sacrificed your life and the rest of SAF44 to attain peace in this country. My snappy salute to all of you! Your legacy will always be our inspiration to do good and hope for the best. Your story has touched many lives. I will never forget all your names and faces. My deepest condolences to the beareaved family. Thank you so much for your service. The world will never forget the contributions you have made. Sir Gary ikaw ay isang dakilang bayani na dapat tularan ng lahat. Naniniwala parin ako na magkikita-kita tayo sa langit. May the justice be serve. God bless your soul. Amping sa imong panaw ug e regards me kay God. Daghang salamat!!"

This tribute was added by Denzkekz Meriales on 8th February 2015

"Where do I even start? I guess I will start by saying the first few things that come to mind. THANK YOU AND I ADMIRE YOU ALL (44fallenhereos)
With every passing day my respect for you is growing higher and higher, you have been a real HERO to us. I may not know you personally and the other fallen heroes but my heart is bleeding. May there be accountability and may justice be served.
You guys who had a chance to know him, you're lucky!!
Our thoughts and prayers to the families of  all the 44 fallen hereos. .


*from you biggest fan*"

This tribute was added by Reynaldo Garriel on 8th February 2015

"i may not know him personally and the other 43 heroes but they are in my prayers. may they all rest in peace. prayers also to their families and their loved ones, prayers for divine justice, prayers for our nation's healing. thank you for protecting our country at the expense of your life."

This tribute was added by denny bie on 7th February 2015

""May Eternal rest be upon you, and let perpetual light shine upon you"
Rest in peace..SNAPPY SALUTE..for us you are hero.."

This tribute was added by Marlon Salon on 7th February 2015

""When you were born, you cry and the whole world laughs. You have lived your life to the fullest and when you die, you laugh and the rest of us Filipinos cry."

Thank you for the courage, for the bravery. Thank you for the unselfish act just to protect our country. I want to say that I'm proud to be Filipino but I just can't. Filipinos killing Filipinos is not something to be proud of. Right now, I joined the million of Filipinos in prayers that sooner or later, justice will be serve and that the conflict in Mindanao will end. We don't want another Erana who will sacrificed his life just to attain peace. We already had enough!

To the bereaved family, my sincere and deepest condolences. Your son died a meaningful death and not all people are given the chance to die for their country. You're son is a hero and thank you for giving him to us."

This tribute was added by Florence Saintz on 7th February 2015

"Snappy salute Sir John. Your bravery and the rest of fallen44 will forever stay in our memory. Rest in peace sir..."

This tribute was added by Irish Barcellano on 7th February 2015

"The way you and your comrades lived your lives will forever inspire me. Rest in peace, Sir."

This tribute was added by Elaine Marie Garcia on 7th February 2015

"'Death in service to one's counrty is the greatest valor.'Heroes give their own lives so others may live.I may not have known you personally, but I admire how you and the rest of the troopers showed bravery and heroism for our country until your last breath.Thank you for your dedication, your duty,your unwavering loyalty and most importantly for your unbelievable sacrifices.Filipinos have the freedom to be Filipinos because of you.They all lost their lives doing what they felt was their calling.And now the Lord gave them a new calling.I can tell you that your losses are losses to every law enforcement officer I know.The whole nation is grieving for your loss.Sir John,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.You and the rest of the SAF troopers paid the ultimate price and we can never forget that sacrifice.Taos puso po ang aming pasasalamat sa inyong aming Tagaligtas,kasama niyo kami sa laban para makamit ang hustisya.Sleep well PSI John Garry Alcantara Erana.Sleep well our Fallen Heroes.We will never forget Tagaligtas.We will never forget our FALLEN HEROES! A SNAPPY SALUTE for our PNP SAF44.MAPAYAPANG PAGLALAKBAY PATUNGONG LANGIT."

This tribute was added by maria cristina benavidez on 7th February 2015

"I know god has better reason for calling you to come home with our creator.. no one is smart enough to question your death.. even me. I will mis r kwentuhan n exchange of opinion.. dti we used to expressed it in writings.. ur too brave to live ur principles in action.. maraming salamat kaibigan.."

This tribute was added by maria cristina benavidez on 7th February 2015

"I know god has better reason for calling you to come home with our creator.. no one is smart enough to question your death.. even me. I will mis r kwentuhan n exchange of opinion.. dti we used to expressed it in writings.. ur too brave to live ur principles in action.. maraming salamat kaibigan.."

This tribute was added by Janine Bartido on 7th February 2015

"though i did not know him he must have been special for the mourning and sorrow absorbed through my eyes was an immense wall of pain to see so many shattered hearts and so many tearful eyes it was my inner wish to comfort all who cried in his memory please Lord take his hand and guide his soul that he may know the happiness of ever lasting life"

This tribute was added by Jowena Tan on 7th February 2015

"Death is inevitable But HEAVEN is for sure, salute to you PSI JOHN GARRY ERANA."

This tribute was added by Romelisa Esperat-Clark on 7th February 2015

"Thanks Zette for doing this! I may not know John Garry personally, I am one of many people who admire him for his bravery.Im encouraging everyone who got the chance to know him to share some words and memories here.He may not be with us anymore but lets carry on living his memory in our hearts.

To you Zette, I just want to comfort you and shield you from all the pain you are feeling right now.You must know that if you feel alone remember that there is a lot of people who love you and always remember that I am here as a friend if you need someone to talk to..."

This tribute was added by Ronaline Mingoy on 6th February 2015

"Questions are often asked whenever someone leaves us in a time when we least (or even not at all) expect it. - Why him? Why now? Why in such way? - We may not know the life lived by you or your other fallen comrades but what you did, what you suffer in that battlefield is more than enough for us to feel the anguish from your passing. This is to let you and your family know that many of us, your fellow Filipinos mourn for you and felt proud of your gallantry. Many questions are still left unanswered but our loving Lord, for sure, would not let these questions be just that. We can never repay you with anything, but we can always pray for you and live our lives not wasting the bit of peace you fought for us to have. Thank you, requiesce in pace."

This tribute was added by Erika Deheza on 6th February 2015

"Dear Captain John Garry Erana, yours and your comrades bravery will always be remembered. Until now, the news about the Fallen 44 strikes me at my core, brings me to tears, and keeps my mind wondering why peace can be so elusive; why lives such as that of Capt. Erana and the rest of the Fallen 44 need to be wasted. I dearly hope that the promise of justice will be fulfilled soon. To Ms. Suzette Tucay, my prayers that the Lord will give you strength to accept the death of your loved one. I know it will never be easy, and no amount of condolonce can ever ease the sorrow that you feel. We will be with you in prayers."

This tribute was added by Mai Cielo on 6th February 2015

""...Death cannot kill what never dies..." - William Penn

Your death have not killed your spirit for it lives among every one of us who seek for a better and peaceful nation. Thank you for your greatest sacrifice. You and the rest of the Fallen44 will forever be remembered with reverence for standing by your commitment to protect us at all cost. We will be forever grateful
We've lost 44 good men but the heaven gained 44 angels. Go now to the place where conflict and war is no more...Your Mission have been accomplished, Captain!"

This tribute was added by JAMIE ANN PRIMERO on 6th February 2015

"I was really inspired by your story. Your braveness will always be remembered. Rest in Peace Captain John.We salute you."

This tribute was added by Iris Mae on 5th February 2015

"Brod, thank you for your bravery, thank you for loving our country, and thank you for your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten. May we always be."

This tribute was added by janice elaine iballa on 5th February 2015

"I may not know you personally sir john garry erana but I really admired you for fighting for our country even if it means giving up ur life..I cried everytime I watch the news about you and the other soldiers who died in maguindanao and I really cant imagine what had happened to ur team..but I think its Godswill..I will always pray for you sir john!u'r in God's hand now wer there is no pain and tears..farewell sir wid our prayers and love...."

This tribute was added by Hazel C. on 5th February 2015

"God has gained another soldier up in heaven. The whole country couldn't thank you enough for the life you unselfishly gave. Rest in peace, Capt.."

This tribute was added by Hilda Brown on 5th February 2015

"You are with the Lord now...We will continue to pray for justice. Please be Suzette's guardian angel, continue to guide her. "Eternal rest grant unto the soul of Gary, Oh Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen."

This tribute was added by Hilda Brown on 5th February 2015

"You are with the Lord now...We will continue to pray for justice. Please be Suzette's guardian angel, continue to guide her. "Eternal rest grant unto the soul of Gary, Oh Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen."

This tribute was added by Anne Aubrey on 5th February 2015

"Your passing may not be something we can fully grasp but we know that in time God will show us the wisdom of his plans and for allowing this to happen to brave souls such as yours. We may not know you personally but your death has left a mark in our hearts."

This tribute was added by rannie lou patricio on 5th February 2015

"Isang matapang at matalino ang pag ka kilala ko sayo sa mga news na pinanunuod ko at binabasa ndi mn kita kilala in person saludo ako sayo sir john sa lahat nang gnawa nyo...A hero that never forgotten.."

This tribute was added by nazreen tovera on 5th February 2015

"I may not have known you personally, but i admire how you and the rest of the troopers showed bravery as you have executed your mission.. Up to your last moments, you served the whole nation! As a Filipino citizen and as your APO sister, i am so proud of you. Gone too soon but we will always remember you.. And how you fought for our country. You are a truly APO Pride. Rest in peace brother. And May WE Always Be."

This tribute was added by anne rivera on 5th February 2015

"I may not know you personally but it was such an honor to have people like you who is very dedicated in his craft.. Thank you for your bravery and for your patriotism. Truly you are our Tagapagligtas.. We will pray for your soul and esp for your family that you left behind... Sleep well our hero and may you rest in peace.. PSI John Garry Alcantara Erana.."

This tribute was added by darling lim on 5th February 2015

"You may have gone toooo soon... but your memories will always remain ... thank you for being our hero... we are so proud of you and will always remember how you fought for all of us.. rest in peace sir john..."

This tribute was added by Mary Grace Jimenez on 5th February 2015

""You're such a part of those around you,
Now that part will just be void
No matter how much they needed you now,
Heaven needed you more."

Because heaven needs a hero just like you.

Rest in peace John."

This tribute was added by Eileen Dela Cruz on 5th February 2015

"Rest in peace my brother... Gone too soon but not in the hearts of your APO sisters and brothers. u and the rest of the fallen bros will always be remembered with overwhelming PRIDE!"

This tribute was added by Fejie Sardua on 5th February 2015

"I may have not met you personally sir but I am so touch with all the stories Of how Suzette describes you to us. Such a loving and fine man. You are a dignified servant of our nations. Thank you for protecting our country. We believed that your death will never be forgotten.  We grant you and all SAF fallen heroes the highest honor. We know that you are in the best place now celebrating another life in eternity. A place where there is no pain anymore. Rest well now sir with our Creator. You did it well. Your loved ones will one day find healing with the grace of God. We will take care of Suzette."

This tribute was added by Esthefanny Tasic on 5th February 2015

"May warm memories sustain and strengthen you as you navigate the difficult days ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you."

This tribute was added by Louella Batul on 5th February 2015

"Rest in peace, PSI John Garry Erana. It was an honor to have met you at least once, Kuya John. We admire and respect you and your fellow SAF troopers who died. Your life was short but it was well lived and full of purpose. You will forever be in the hearts of people whose lives you have touched."

This tribute was added by majestee garcia on 5th February 2015

"Your fiance, PSI JOHN GARRY ERANA did not die in vain. He has given the ultimate duty to his country. We will remember him forever as the brave soldier and fine young man that he was. You have our deepest sympathy on your loss. He made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of his country. He is our hero."

This tribute was added by leilani amolo on 5th February 2015

"You are what our country needs. Thank u so much for your bravery and love that u sacrificed ur very life for the Philippine nation. And now, it's our duty to seek Justice for u and ur fallen comrades. You will never be forgotten Sir. Snappy Salute to the Fallen 44!"

This tribute was added by Jiao Reboquio on 5th February 2015

"You will never be forgotten. You will remain a hero in our hearts. You will always be in our prayers. We will pray for the justice to be served. Thank you for giving up your life so that others may live. A snappy salute to you captain and to the rest of the SAF fallen heroes. SAF44, I know you are now safe in the arms of our Creator."

This tribute was added by Fmc Parags on 4th February 2015

""Thank you Garry for all the thoughtfulness and the love you gave to my family. I will make sure that your bravery, courage and patriotism will continue to live through your godchildren. You are a great example of what a man should be.Rest now my dear brother, rest now.""

This tribute was added by RHEALYN SINGIDAS on 4th February 2015

"WHEN A FRIEND BIDS GOODBYE


My dear friend,
close your eyes...
hold my hand,
and hear me whisper...

For the times I was lost,
you were there to look for me.
Will you believe me when I say I love you more than you'll ever know.
Will you trust me when I say ...this time you have to let me go.

My dear friend, I must leave.
The world no longer needs me.
It's my time to be gone, until we meet again someday.
Don't you cry now, I know I'll be okay.
Trust that I'll never forget you.
Don't be sad now, just close your eyes until it's through.
Hold my hand, don't open your eyes yet...
wait when I no longer whisper..

My dear friend, you'll be fine.
I'll be up there watching over you.
For the times I'll be gone, don't ever forget
the words I whispered to you.

God calls on my name... and I have to let go of your hand now...
Please don't cry... and smile for me..
because I'm with the one who made us friends.

Remember, I'll always love you.
so come, wave me goodbye...
It'll be painful but we have to...
Hug me, hug me tight, feel the words I can no longer say.

My dear friend, I'm going to miss you.
just pray because I'll always listen.
and one day, when it's your time,
I'll be there for you...
Just like the way I used to.
...I love you...


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This tribute was added by Wilma Quindo on 4th February 2015

"We admire and salute you, Capt. Erana and the rest of the fallen SAF. May you rest in peace.."

This tribute was added by sarah colores on 4th February 2015

"We salute you and the other 43 SAF who died with you."

This tribute was added by RHEALYN SINGIDAS on 4th February 2015

"CROSSING OVER

Oh, please don't feel guilty
It was just my time to go
I see you are still feeling sad
And the tears just seem to flow
We all come to earth for our lifetime,
And for some it's not many years
I don't want you to keep crying
You  are shedding so many tears
I haven't really left you
Even though it may seem so
i have just gone to my heavenly home
And i'm closer to you than you know
Just believe that when you say my name,
i'm just standing next to you
i know you long to see me,
But there's nothing i can do,
But i'll still send you messages
And hope you understand,
That when your time comes to cross over,
I'll be there to take your hand!

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This tribute was added by Thelly Sisona-Grinage on 4th February 2015

"The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. Thank you John for saving the world."

This tribute was added by Rose Ann Clarisse Azucena on 4th February 2015

"Rest in peace Sir John Garry Erana. I admire and salute you. You will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Jason Benedicto on 3rd February 2015

"May the light of God shine upon you on your journey to His side... May you find peace and eternal glory that our creator have given, my sincere condolences to your love one's. john san ka man naroroon i hope you are happy in His side at kung kami naman ang susunod sa yapak mo sunduin mo kami ng may ngiti sa iyong mga labi... Paalam kapatid sa armas..."

This tribute was added by Hera herakins on 2nd February 2015

"It's the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that you'll remember. The laughs, the stories, the smiles. And even though it seems like you can never recover from your loss, it is these very memories that will help push the pain away and bring back the smiles."

This tribute was added by suzette tucay on 1st February 2015

"Forever, i will love you mahal ko. Can't wait for the day that we will be together again."


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