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Marilou Diaz Abaya dead at 57, film director passes away of breast cancer

By on Oct 8, 2012 in Asia, Entertainment, Local Comments

Manila, Philippines – Multi-awarded and veteran film director Marilou Diaz Abaya died this Monday, October 8, 2012 at the age of 57, after her long battle with breast cancer. Her last movie direction was “Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig,” produced by Star Cinema in 2011.

Marilou Diaz Abaya

Marilou Diaz Abaya
Image Credit: ABS-CBN video

According to local reports that day, Marilou Diaz Abaya passed away at 6:45 p.m. at St. Luke’s Medical Center in The Fort Global City, Taguig City. Her son, David Abaya confirmed the news to Star Cinema, while Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, who performed the final rites, talked to GMA News Online.

“She was having some seizures and unconscious na siya, but every few minutes she would become conscious for a few seconds and force a smile, mumble a prayer,” Bishop David was quoted telling to GMA News Online in a phone interview.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our dearest friends and mentors Direk Marilou Diaz Abaya. Her Star Cinema family will forever feel her loss. She was one of our pillars and we will forever be indebted to her for her contributions to the industry,” Star Cinema said in a statement via ABS-CBN News.

Marilou Diaz Abaya was born on March 7, 1955 in Quezon City. She finished her Master of Arts in Film and Television from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in 1978. She completed the Film Course at London International Film School on that same year.

She directed her first feature film ‘Tanikala’ in 1980, and was followed by ‘Brutal,’ ‘Karnal,’ ‘Moral,’ and ‘Alyas Baby Tsina’ in 1984, starring Vilma Santos and Phillip Salvador. In 1998, she directed the film ‘Jose Rizal‘ for GMA Films, where Cesar Montano portrayed the role of the country’s national hero.

With her 21-film direction, Diaz Abaya have won numerous directing awards from award-giving bodies such as the Metro Manila Film Festival, the Urian Awards, the Film Academy of the Philippines, the FAMAS Awards, among others. She also received the 2001 Laureate of the Fukuoka Prize for Culture and the Arts in Japan.

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