"Scorpio Nights", "Magic Temple" Director PEQUE GALLAGA Passes Away At 76
The local film and entertainment industry is mourning the passing of one of Philippine cinema's most respected directors Peque Gallaga. He was 76.
A day before his death, his family announced on social media through fellow director Lore Reyes that Peque was in the hospital due to "complications arising from past health conditions."
The Gallaga family confirmed his passing via Jo Macasa, his long time production manager. The official statement reads: "The Gallaga family announces with great sadness the passing of Peque Gallaga this month of May, 2020. He was a visionary director and artist; a loving husband, father, and grandfather; and a dear friend. He has brought so much joy to so many people and he will always live in our memories and in his art."
READ: Gallaga family confirms the passing of Peque Gallaga. There will be no service, to observe safety precautions. The family expressed gratitude to all those who grieved with them. This message was posted by Jo Macasa, Direk Gallaga's long time production manager. | @mjfelipe pic.twitter.com/FZqyxX8bb2— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) May 7, 2020
Anne Curtis, who made her big screen debut in the 1997 epic Magic Kingdom, paid tribute to the late director.
I will forever be grateful to him and Direk Lore for choosing me to be their Princess Dahlia in Magic Kingdom.. it breaks my heart knowing that he won’t get to meet my own little Dahlia. Direk Peque, thank you for giving me a role that would change my life forever. I will miss you and will treasure the memories and lessons you taught me in the craft of acting. Rest In Peace. I love you. My deepest condolences to the Gallaga Family.
Direk Peque is best known for critically-acclaimed films like Oro, Plata, Mata and Scorpio Nights as well as 90s classics Tiyanak, Batang X, Magic Temple and Magic Kingdom among others.