MANILA, Philippines -- Award-winning film director Mario O' Hara was rushed to hospital due to leukemia, film critic Noel Vera, a close friend of O'Hara, confirmed to ABS-CBNnews.com on Wednesday.
"Danice O'Hara confirms it. She's Mario's niece. I have no other details," Vera said.
Aside from being a director, O'Hara, a native of Zamboanga, is also known as film producer, screenwriter and actor.
He is also known for collabarating with acclaimed director Lino Brocka in many of his acclaimed films, including “Insiang” and "Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang."
Known for his sense of realism often with dark but realistic social messages, O'Hara is set to work with theater group Tanghalang Pilipino, which is mounting his original musical "Stage Show" for its 25th season.
"Stage Show" is the story of aging veterans of Filipino vaudeville caught between love for their art and economic survival.
"This grand musical play gives us a glimpse of a lost era in Philippine cultural history; the time of the ‘bodabil,’ a form of entertainment adapted masterfully by Filipinos from the American vaudeville," the group said in its website.
"Stage Show" is also Tanghalang Pilipino's official entry to the National Theater Festival in November.
The group has yet to issue a statement about O'Hara's condition.