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Remembering Director Marilou Diaz-Abaya


Local showbiz is mourning the loss of one of its most acclaimed directors, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, whose remains lie at the college chapel of the Ateneo de Manila University in Katipunan, Quezon City.

Cesar Montano, star of many of the late director’s movies, like “Jose Rizal,” Muro-Ami” and “Bagong Buwan” has many good memories of her.  But the one that stands out most are their scuba diving experiences.

“It’s the sports close to her heart and mine, too,” explains Cesar.  Her divind buddy was my son Angelo (who passed away in 2010).  I know they’re both back together in His kingdom.”

Lorna Tolentino cherishes  direk Marilou’s memory because she was a family friend.

“She was my kumare.  Inaanak niya si Raphael. She is family to us. We learned and loved scuba diving because of her. Ang dami naming pinagsamahan.  She was so thoughtful and caring.Lagi niya ako ng tine-text ng word of God when daboy (the late Rudy Fernandez, Lorna’s husband) was sick. I’m very sad.”

Award-winning broadcast journalist Jessica Soho’s in-depth interview with Direk Marilou last January revealed how courageous she was in face of cancer.

“At that time, she was in chemotherapy sessions and that week she said she was feeling okay,” recalled Jessica. “She was so nice and good. Maganda yung interview ko sa kanya.  She said she had befriended cancer and that she was not afraid of death. Matagal na raw niyang pinaghandaan – what she should wear, anong coffin, etc.  I asked her what is the most valuable insight she has gained.  Sabi niya it is love.  She would occasionally text  me.  Sabi niya  thank you raw sa coverage namin ng Habagat floods, the also our stories on (the late Interior and Local Government head Jesse) Robredo.  I’m so sad.  I wish I had more encounters with her. Ang bait bait niya at ang sarap kausap.”

Award-winning director-actress Gina Alajar fondly calls the late director “Mama Marilou.”

Gina shares her fondest memories: “ We were shooting 'Brutal' and 'Moral'.  Work was so much fun because she was such a delightful director. Masaya, animated, matalino.  She loved life.” 

Talent manager Norma Japitana spent many good times with direk Marilou in Bohol, when they were shooting “Muro-Ami.”

“She was such a vital person.  Ang galing niya mag-dive! She taught me scuba diving.  We also went to her diving place in Batangas.  I can’t imagine her gone. I will go to her wake later,” Norma says, a lump in her throat.

According to a report on “Umagang Kay Ganda,” the late director turned over management of the Marilou Diaz-Abaya Film Institute and Arts Center, which she opened in 2007, to ABS-CBN’s Star Cinema.  The institute offers courses for  budding directors.

ahoo! OMG ||  Maridol Ra�oa-Bismark – October 9, 2012



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