MANILA—Tony Mabesa, a stalwart of Philippine theater whose career spanned 70 years, passed away on Friday night. He was 84.
Mabesa was “surrounded by family and friends” when he died at 10:15 p.m., according to a family statement shared by Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas and playwright Floy Quintos.
“We thank you for your prayers. We hope you can respect the family’s wish for privacy at this time,” the statement added.
The founding artistic director of Dulaang UP, Mabesa staged dozens of productions over the years. He was both director and actor, with some 170 shows to his name.
Mabesa also made a mark in cinema and television. His last role was as recent as 2018, opposite the late Eddie Garcia in “Rainbow’s Sunset,” where they played elderly gay lovers.