"Scorpio Nights", "Magic Temple" Director PEQUE GALLAGA Passes Away At 76

Brianne Constantino

Posted at May 07, 2020

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."

Anne Curtis, who made her big screen debut in the 1997 epic Magic Kingdom, paid tribute to the late director.

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.

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