MANILA, Philippines – Singer and actor Marc Abaya is grateful over the Posthumus Lifetime Achievement Award the Cinemalaya conferred on his mother, veteran director Marilou Diaz-Abaya.
“Sa ngalan ni Marilou Diaz-Abaya, ang aking ina, nagpapasalamat kami sa Cinemanila, sa inyong lahat para sa napalaking karangalan na ibinibigay niyo sa ina namin ngayong gabi. Maraming salamat po,” he said.
Abaya said he is extremely thankful that the Cinemalaya continues to give inspiration to the young generation of Filipino filmmakers to tell relevant stories.
The veteran female director succumbed to breast cancer last October 8. She was 57.
Diaz-Abaya, who graduated from Communication Arts from the Assumption College in 1976, is considered among the country’s finest directors – male or female – with a body of work that includes more than 20 films and television shows.
She has won numerous directing awards from the Gawad Urian, the Film Academy of the Philippines, FAMAS, Star Awards and the Catholic Mass Media Awards.
Diaz directed the movies “Tanikala,” the biopic “Jose Rizal,” “Muro Ami,” and “Bagong Buwan.” Her last movie was last year’s “Ikaw Ang Pag-ibig,” released by Star Cinema.
Aside from Diaz-Abaya, veteran director Celso Ad. Castillo, who died last November 26, was also given the Posthumus Lifetime Achievement Award.