Renowned movie and television director Maryo J. Delos Reyes has passed away Saturday night, according to reports. He was 65.
The filmmaker, fondly called Direk Maryo, was reportedly attending a birthday party in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte when he suffered a heart attack.
Celebrities and showbiz industry veterans took to social media to mourn the death of the acclaimed director.
You’ll be missed dearly Direk Maryo J. De Los Reyes. Thank you for all your contribution to Regal Films and the movie industry. Your passion and energy will be greatly missed. May your soul rest in peace. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Direk Maryo. pic.twitter.com/uCSKETrZnb
— Regal Films (@RegalFilms) January 28, 2018
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!! 🙏🏼
— Ruffa Gutierrez (@iloveruffag) January 27, 2018
Maryo J’s infectious laughter & love for life will never be forgotten. His greatest film is the collection of memories he left to inspire us about embracing each day with excitement & gratitude. Goodbye, dear friend.
— Joey Javier Reyes (@DirekJoey) January 28, 2018
Prior to his death, one of Direk Maryo’s last public appearances was during the press conference for Jason Paul Laxamana’s “Instalado” at the Cinematheque Manila of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
The director was best known for films such as the award-winning “Magnifico” starring Jiro Manio, and “The Unmarried Wife”, where Angelica Panganiban received an award for Best Actress during the FAMAS 2017 Awards.