Philippine cinema bid farewell to acclaimed filmmaker Mario O’ Hara as the veteran writer, director and actor bowed out earlier this morning from a battle with leukemia.
Despite his departure, Direk Mario leaves with him a legacy of films that will forever be remembered.
Direk Mario, most popularly known for his screenwriting in Lino Brocka’s Tinimbang ka Ngunit Kulang (1974) and Insiang (1976), established a name for himself as one of the proponent directors of Nora Aunor’s career with Bakit Bughaw ang Langit (1981) and Ibulong mo Sa Puso (1984). His passion for story and film only deepend with the release of the independently produced Babae sa Breakwater (2003) and the recent Paglilitis Ni Andres Bonifacio (2010).
And though we mourn the passing of one of the industry’s great artists, it would be a good a time as any for the CCP to stage a retrospective of Direk Mario O’ Hara’s in this year’s upcoming Cinemalaya film festival.