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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 31, 2018

Beloved Kapuso Maryo J. Delos Reyes Passes Away At 65

GMA Network deeply mourns the passing of one of the country’s beloved entertainment pillars, television and movie director Maryo J. Delos Reyes. The award-winning Kapuso director died Saturday (Jan. 27) after succumbing to a heart attack in Dipolog City.

In his fulfilling 65 years of life, he created a body of work — including films, dramas and comedies, adaptations and remakes — that changed the landscape of the Philippine movie and television industry. The ace filmmaker directed ground-breaking and blockbuster movies such as “High School Circa ’65”, “Schoolgirls”, “Annie Batungbakal”, “Hindi Mo Ako Kayang Tapakan”, “Saan Darating ang Umaga”, “Sinungaling Mong Puso”, “Bongga Ka ‘Day,”, “Totoo Ba Ang Tsismis”, “Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit”, “Sa Ngalan Ng Pag-ibig”, “Tagos ng Dugo”, “Pepe en Pilar”, “My Other Woman”, “Kapag Napagod Ang Puso”, “Diosa” and “Bamboo Flowers.” He also directed the iconic youth-oriented film “Bagets” in 1984 and the Nora Aunor-starrer “Naglalayag” in 2004.
One of his best works is the inspirational film “Magnifico” in 2003, which won the Crystal Bear in the 2004 Berlin Film Festival Children’s Category and Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix for Best Feature Film in the same festival. It also garnered major recognitions in the FAMAS, Gawad Urian, Golden Screen Awards and FAP Awards in the Philippines.

For the small screen, he has helmed numerous soap operas in GMA 7 including “Someone To Watch Over Me”, “Pari Ko’y”, “Niño”, “Magkano Ba Ang Pag-ibig”, “Pahiram Ng Sandali”, “Little Star”, “Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak”, “Biritera”, “Munting Heredera”, “Magdusa Ka”, “Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?”, among others.

The noted filmmaker was a former seminarian who began his movie career in the 1970s. He studied Communication at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City and has won accolades here and abroad.

Apart from being a brilliant director, he has been a mentor to various actors in the industry and a catalyst in shaping their careers. He was a consultant for GMA Artist Center and was deeply involved in its Talent Development program. Rest well in our LORD's bosom, Director Maryo J. de los Reyes. We will all miss you as you’re one of the the friendliest directors in town, with excellent PR. Let’s all pray for the repose of his soul. And our condolences to the loved ones he left behind.