A few days ago, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) wasinformed that a Malaysian actress named Louisa Chong arrived in the Philippinesto shoot for the upcoming ABS-CBN show A Time For Us. According to thesource, "Si Direk Jerry Sineneng muna ang magdidirek ng teleserye habangnagpapagaling pa si Direk Gilbert Perez."
But last night, July 16, Direk Gilbert was unable to recover from his second heart attack.
Here is the official statement of ABS-CBN regarding thedeath of the director:
"Veteran TV and film director Gilbert Perez, fondly called"Manong" by showbiz folks, passed away at 10:41 Wednesday evening atSt Luke's Medical Center. He was 48years old.
"Manong suffered a heart attack last July 1, while directinga scene for the upcoming teleserye A Time for Us, starring JerichoRosales and Malaysian star Carmen Soo.
"Manong was the former executive producer of television show Ready,Get Set, Go, and has directed some episodes of the country'slongest-running drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya. He also directedmovies for Star Cinema like Dreamboy with Bea Alonzo and Piolo Pascual."
"We will miss a very caring and loyal friend,"says ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio. "Manong is a passionate andcreative person. He is a perfectionist and expects people working with him tomatch his drive for passion, creativity and perfection.
"Manong and I both started fom Ateneo de Manila and metup again with him in BBC-2 when I was doing my OJT," relates ABS-CBN SVPand TV Production Head Cory Vidanes. "He was my mentor, taught me a lotand really took care of me when I was just starting in the business."
The well-loved director is considered a member of Cory's familyhaving grown close to Cory's mother. Manong died on the same day that themother of the ABS-CBN executive died.
Manong's remains lie in state at the Felicidad Room ofArlington Memorial Chapel, 12 G. Araneta Avenue, Quezon City.