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Grace Poe Reacts Over Death of ‘Darna’ Director Emmanuel Borlaza

Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares has reacted on the death of veteran director and writer Emmanuel Borlaza.

Grace Poe and Emmanuel Borlaza

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, the 81-year-old Darna director died due to a heart attack.

Many mourned the death of the director who’s also popular in directing classic films including “Bituing Walang Ningning”, “Dyesebel”, “Lipad, Darna! Lipad!” and to name a few.

Among who reacted over the death of Borlaza is Sen. Grace Poe.

“Director Maning Borlaza can be described in one word: Passionate. He was my vice chair at the MTRCB. Before then, he was already a highly successful and respected director and writer. The films he directed included one of my personal all-time favorites, and a generational favorite, as well — ‘Bituing Walang Ningning,'” she said.

“We both shared an appreciation for the arts. Not just film, but also other visual arts. He gave me one of my first art history books when I was introduced to him by my mother, Susan Roces, when I was still a teenager,” she added.

“At the MTRCB, I will never forget the times he would drop by my office and recount even the most mundane topics with such animated gestures… He truly loved and fought for the movie industry: as a practitioner, regulator and advocate. I am grateful to have known a passionate filmmaker, director and person,” the former MTRCB chair said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.

Borlaza has served as the chairman of Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGIP) and vice chair for the Movies and Television Review Classification Board (MTRCB).

The remains of Borlaza lies at the Loyola Memorial Chapel in Sucat, Parañaque.

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