MANILA – Award-winning director Peque Gallaga has passed away on Thursday, May 7, on complications from past health conditions.
He was 76.
Considered as one of Philippine cinema’s greats, the untimely demise of Gallaga was confirmed by his brother, Ricky Gallaga, and manager, June Rufino and son Wanggo.
Gallaga was accordingly hospitalized since Tuesday, May 5, “due to complications arising from past health conditions” Peque’s frequent collaborator director Lore Reyes said.
Among Gallaga’s notable films include Oro, Plata, Mata (1982), a segment from Shake, Rattle & Roll (1984), Scorpio Nights (1985), Magic Temple (1986), and Tiyanak (1988), to name a few.
His last listed work was a short film, Tabang (help), in 2016.
Aside from film direction, Gallaga was also a scriptwriter and actor and won awards from the International Film Festival of Flanders-Ghent, the Manila International Film Festival, among others. He was awarded the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining in 2014.
Born Maurice Ruiz de Luzuriaga Gallaga, Peque was most of the time based in Bacolod City, his home town. (ia/SovereignPH.com)