Renowned Boholano film and television director Maryo J. de los Reyes passed away Saturday night after succumbing to a heart attack.
He was 65 years old.
De los Reyes’ manager June Rufino confirmed the passing of the director early Sunday morning.
“Details of his wake and funeral services to follow,” added Rufino in her statement.
The news of his passing came through social media initially, with the Twitter account of the Philippine Star confirming the death of de los Reyes.
“It is with deep sadness that we inform everyone that our beloved Maryo J. de los Reyes passed away,” said Rufino.
Based on multiple sources, the director died from a heart attack while attending a party in Dipolog City.
“We have loved him in life, let us not forget him in this time of sorrow,” said Rufino.
De los Reyes was born Mario Margarito Jorolan de los Reyes and was best known for his work in films such as Magnifico and the coming-of-age film Bagets.
In 2004, de los Reyes won the Crystal Bear Award for “Best Feature Film” for Magnifico during the Berlin International Film Festival.
At the time of this death, based on his Facebook account, de los Reyes was connected with GMA Network as resident director.
The director was active in social media circles with accounts in major social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram.
OUTPOURING OF CONDOLENCES
Since the news of De Los Reyes’ death surfaced, social media sites have been flooded with sentiments from several showbiz personalities and others, paying tribute to the late Boholano director.
“I’m in shock. Learned really sad news tonight. Philippine cinema lost one of its finest directors. May you rest in peace Direk Maryo J. Delos Reyes… we did so many projects together and had the best times! You will be missed. Thank you for everything Direk!!!” said actress Ruffa Gutierrez.
Erich Maca also expressed her sadness for the passing of the director via Twitter.
Flow Galindez also announced on Twitter the director took his final bow.
A crying emoji is what Carmela Fernandez can post on her Twitter as she mourns the passing of de los Reyes.
Eric John Salut of ABS-CBN said he woke up to the sad news of the passing of the director.
Sports agent Sheryl Sanchez Reyes bid goodbye to the director on Twitter saying the director “ hasalways been nice” to her.
Anj Pessumal said she is “honored” to have worked with the director. She said the director was a “kind and humble soul.”
The Twitter account of Pelikula-Hype Manila thanked de los Reyes for giving the local film industry such critically-acclaimed films like Magnifico.
Jason Paul Laxamana said, “ang hirap tanggapin nito, direkMaryo. Ang hirap.” (It is hard to accept this, direkMaryo. It is too difficult.)
Entertainment journalist Roldan Castro said “nagluluksa na naman ang showbiz.” (The showbiz world is mourning again.)
Marlon Miguel, writer at GMA Network, also expressed his deepest sympathies to the loved ones left by the director.
Hara Alena said in her Twitter account, “thank you for all the good things and good memories you’ve had with us.”
De los Reyes did the movie “Bamboo Flowers” as a tribute to his home province Bohol, as his mother is from Alicia town.
The movie is an ode to the memories of de los Reyes’ childhood visits to the island-province, to its rich heritage, to its lushness and beautiful landscapes; and, most especially, to its beautiful people.
The director was born to Pastor de los Reyes of Manila and Lourdes Jorolan de los Reyes of Alicia, Bohol.
He owned a house in Tagbilaran City, aside from the one in Alicia, based on several sources.
He first tried to get into the priesthood when he graduated at Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary, but he wanted to direct movies and enrolled at the University of the Philippines’ College of Mass Communications where he graduated with honors in 1974.
From 1965 to 1975, he was busy attending various theater seminars and workshops. He was sent as a youth panelist to the Unesco International Woman’s Year in Mexico City back in June 1975.
He began writing for television drama anthologies while teaching at the UP College of Mass Communications.
He had directed at least 60 films since 1978.
De los Reyes made a huge mark in the Philippine cinema when he made the movie Bagets, a coming-of-age movie that defined a generation.
He won almost all of the major film and television awards domestically as a director.
Back in 2013, he facilitated a fund drive and turned over some help from overseas Filipinos to the provincial government to help the victims of the great earthquake.