Director Marilou Diaz Abaya Passes Away

Director Marilou Diaz-Abaya died on Monday at the age of 57.

Abaya succumbed to breast cancer at 6:45 at the hospital.

The Star Cinema family are deeply saddened by the passing of one their dearest friends and mentors.

She was also one of their pillars and they will forever be indebted to her for Abaya’s contributions to the industry.

Abaya graduated Communication Arts from the Assumption College in 1976. and she was a filmmaking instructor at the Ateneo de Manila University.

She is considered among the country’s finest directors and has 20 films and television shows.

She won numerous directing awards from the Gawad Urian, the Film Academy of the Philippines, FAMAS, Star Awards and the Catholic Mass Media Awards.

Abaya was awarded the Arts and Culture Prize of the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prizes in 2001.

The said achievement has won acclaim both in the Philippines and abroad for its high level of artistic achievement.

‘Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig’ was Abaya’s last movie which was released by Star Cinema last year.

Meanwhile, a wake will held for Abaya at the Ateneo de Manila University.