For 25 years, Wenn V. Deramas shared his talents and passion with the entertainment industry.
His death is seen as a big blow to the industry, especially for those who look up to him as a mentor and a trusted colleague.
Starting as a production assistant in 1990, Wenn honed his skills through the TV show Tatak Pilipino. He eventually became a writer for the show Teysi ng Tahanan and an executive producer of Calvento Files.
Wenn established lifelong friendships and made an indelible mark on the industry when he took on the job of being a director.
In fact, Beauty and the Bestie, his latest entry to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival, is considered to be the highest-grossing Filipino movie of all time with its box-office gross of P526 million.
His other movies--The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin, Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy, Sisterakas, and The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin--are also considered to be among the top-grossing movies in the Philippines.
"Wenn will be remembered for his unbelievable passion for his craft, his comedic genius, and mastery in telling stories centered on family relationships," said his home network, ABS-CBN, in its statement citing his great contributions to the company.
He mastered the art of mixing comedy and drama while incorporating elements that are quintessentially Pinoy.
His family-oriented projects, especially the movies in the Tanging Ina franchise, could well be described as comedic offerings with his trademark "kurot sa puso."
Wenn became a blockbuster director, allowing him to purchase his own luxurious home and accumulate extensive collections.
(View photos: Wenn Deramas and his Mediterranean classic house in Quezon City)
His house is actually filled with action figures, original DVDs, Swatch watches and religious icons.
(View photos: Four things Wenn Deramas collects)
But none of these were handed at him on a silver platter.
He paid the price as his work habits had a heavy toll on his health.
Here are some insights about the late director as shared by stars and people who worked with him in the past.
1. Direk Wenn stressed the importance of punctuality.
Kris Aquino described the late director by saying, "He was proud of himself and he should be."
In the March 1 episode of Kris TV, she recalled that Direk Wenn often emphasized: "Lagi niyang sinasabi, respetuhin mo ang oras ng ibang tao.
"Ang daming pwedeng manakaw sa iyo pero ang oras kapag nawala na sa iyo, kailanman, hindi na maibabalik."
2. He was a father figure to many people, including Vice Ganda and Atak.
"Nanghihiha ako. Parang durog na durog ako. Parang ako yata ang pinakamalungkot na tao ngayon," said Vice Ganda in an interview aired on Kris TV.
"Kasi hindi lang director ko ang nawala sa akin. Parang akong nawalan ng magulang."
Atak also revealed that he had gambling problems in the past but he was given a big break by Direk Wenn, allowing him to get back on his feet.
3. He was generous with his time, talent, and resources.
Jolina Magdangal, during her recent press conference, shed tears while recalling how the director would extend help to those who need it the most.
“Sobrang bait niyang tao. Generous siya, kapag sinabi niyang ‘ako bahala diyan,’ sobra-sobra pa ang ibibigay niya. Kapag sinabi niya ‘tara tulungan natin ‘to,’ mas grabe pa ang gagawin niya, hihingi siya ng tulong sa iba pero ‘yon pala marami na siyang nabigay.
"Minsan kahit hindi mo sabihin mase-sense niya at gagawa siya ng paraan para makatulong siya.”
4. He wanted to leave a legacy of being a good person.
Nikki Valdez, his close friend, said on Kris TV that Direk Wenn wanted to serve as a good role model for his kids: Gabriel Michael (nicknamed Gab) and Raphaella Leedia (nicknamed Raffy).
"Ang sabi niya, 'pag mabait ka, ikaw ang pinakamagandang tao sa buong mundo," Nikki tearfully recalled.
"Sa mga anak niya, hindi niya wini-wish na maging maganda ang trabaho nila. Ang wini-wish lang niya, maging mabuti sila.
"Kasi sabi niya, kung mabuti kang tao, everything else that is good will follow."
5. Wenn Deramas was dedicated to his work until the end.
Last Saturday, February 27, the 49-year-old director was working on a new telesine for ABS-CBN.
Ginny Monteagudo, the business unit head of the telesine, asked him: "Kailan mo gusto mag-retire?"
Direk Wenn answered, "Ayoko. Hanggang mamatay ako, magdi-direk ako."
(View: 15 blockbuster films of the late Wenn Deramas)
(View: Wenn Deramas' TV projects with Claudine Barretto, Judy Ann Santos and other stars)
Direk Wenn Deramas in the eyes of stars and co-workers
by PEP Guide Team posted on March 2, 2016