Director Mario O'Hara dies of leukemia-A A +A
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
MANILA (Updated) -- Award-winning director Mario O'Hara died Tuesday morning after a short battle with leukemia. He was 66.
O'Hara was confined at San Juan de Dios hospital in Pasay City last June 20 and underwent chemotherapy for his illness.
O'Hara was director for film and theater for more than four decades.
Among his notable films are "Ang Babae Sa Breakwater" (2003), "Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos" (1976), "Bulaklak ng City Jail" (1984), and "Condemned" (1984).
O'Hara was also known for his screenplays.
He wrote "Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang" in 1974 and "Insiang" in 1976, both movies were directed by the late Filipino filmmaker Lino Brocka.
One of O'Hara's last television projects was "Sa Ngalan ng Ina." The series, which was produced by TV5, served as the launching pad for superstar Nora Aunor's successful return on television after years of stay in the United States.
Some showbiz personalities posted on Twitter their condolences to O'Hara's family and admiration to the late director.
"May you rest in peace. Mario O'Hara - a brilliant person, a great loss in our industry," said talent manager Noel Ferrer.
"How sad to hear that Direk Mario O' Hara has passed away. He was a very nice and good director to me. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to all his loved ones. Prayers to his family," said television host Cheska Garcia-Kramer.
Music icon Ely Buendia also tweeted: "Bagong Hari, my favorite Mario O'Hara film, is lost for all eternity. This is how we treat great works of great directors."
"The mourning has not ceased: the giants have all gone. Mario O'Hara, we weep for your passing," director Jose Javier Reyes tweeted. (Sunnex)