Master of genres: Eddie Romero's legacy

by Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 29 2013 11:18 PM | Updated as of May 30 2013 07:37 AM

MANILA -- He will be remembered for the classics "Ganito Kami Noon… Paano Kayo Ngayon?" and "Agila" with Fernando Poe, Jr. in the ‘70s. But National Artist Eddie Romero will also be known for the legacy he left in the film industry with a career that began in the late ‘40s.

Be it drama, romance, action, the writer-director mastered all genres.

On Tuesday night, Romero passed away due to health complications. He was 88.

During his decades-long career, Romero also made his mark in Hollywood with his suspense-horror thrillers like the “Blood Island” series and “The Twilight People,” which award-winning director Quentin Tarantino has said helped inspire his craft.

In a statement, Malacañang praised Romero's simple but creative style that many filipino and foreign filmmakers try to emulate.

"Romero derived in an utterly simple style -- minimalist, but never empty, always calculated, precise and functional, but never predictable. His accomplishments form the legacy that Mr. Romero has undoubtedly left Philippine and global cinema,” it said.

Romero was also known for fighting for filmmakers' rights against censorship.

His last film was "Faces of Love" in 2006.

Until the end, he was there supporting other National Artists, attending the awarding ceremonies of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

“Mababaw ang kaligayahan niya,” Romero’s son Joey told ABS-CBN News. “He was happy with his coffee and cigarettes. Life was kind to him, and he enjoyed it to the fullest, all 88 years of it.”

The NCCA is set to honor Romero with a necrological service at the Cultural Center of the Philippines before he is laid to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig.