Today, a bad news shock the world of film making and the whole world of showbizness here in the Philippines.
Direk Marilou Diaz Abaya is pronounced dead.
A tweet from an ABS CBN show head writer confirmed this news:
RIP Direk Marilou Diaz Abaya. ✞
— sol caco (@solcaco) October 8, 2012
According to the tweet of ABS-CBNNews twitter account, the death is caused by Marilou Diaz-Abaya's battle against breast cancer.
Director Marilou Diaz Abaya passes away after battle with breast cancer |via @ancalertsRIP Direk Marilou Diaz-Abaya. We will miss you! [tweet this]
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) October 8, 2012
Marilou Diaz-Abaya is a multi-awarded film director in the Philippines. She is the founder and current president of the Marilou Diaz-Abaya Film Institute and Arts Center, a film school based in Antipolo City, Philippines. She is the director of José Rizal, a biopicture on the Philippines' national hero.
Arguably her most famous work, José Rizal, featured actor and 2007 Philippine senatorial candidate Cesar Montano playing the national hero as an ordinary human being, artist, and struggling doctor.
A Japanese award-giving body described her body of work to be "harmoniously blending entertainment, social consciousness, and ethnic awareness." The organization continued by saying: "(Her work) has won acclaim both in the Philippines and abroad for its high level of artistic achievement. It is an ideal manifestation of the artistic culture of Asia, and so is most deserving of the Arts and Culture Prize of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes.