Film director Eddie Romero dies

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Posted at May 28 2013 09:51 PM | Updated as of May 29 2013 09:47 AM

Film director Eddie Romero -- wikipedia

MANILA (UPDATED) -- Film director Eddie Romero died on Tuesday night. He was 88.

The director was reportedly in and out of the hospital since May 18 due to "health complications."

Romero was no longer waking up and was "in a coma" on Tuesday, the director's son Joey said.

"At around nine o'clock this evening, [Romero] passed away," deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press statement. "The Aquino administration condoles with the family, friends, colleagues, and numerous admirers of Mr. Romero."

Romero, who was named National Artist for Cinema and Broadcast Arts in 2003, is behind film classics such as "Ganito Kami Noon... Paano Kayo Ngayon?" (1976).

With a career spanning over six decades, Romero was also known for his works "Aguila," "Kamakalawa," and "Banta ng Kahapon."

In 1992, Romero also helmed a 13-episode TV series based on the Jose Rizal novel "Noli Me Tangere."

In his National Artist citation, Romero was lauded for his concepts that "are delivered in an utterly simple style – minimalist, but never empty, always calculated, precise and functional, but never predictable."

"His work spanned generations; Mr. Romero influenced numerous filmmakers, both here and abroad, to tread the same path and to aspire for the same sweeping ambitions that he held dear. His accomplishments form the legacy that Mr. Romero has undoubtedly left Philippine and global cinema," the Palace said.