Filipino director Boots Plata passed away early this afternoon, November 2, surrounded by his wife Dolor Guevarra and two daughters Jaypee and Anes, at the Saint Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City.
The news was confirmed by his wife, who sent this text message to the family’s closest friends at 1:15 p.m.:
"Our good friend Direk Boots Plata has just left this world at 12:42 pm today to be with his Creator. Eternal rest grant unto him Oh Lord and let perpetual light shine on him May he rest in peace. Amen"
Plata, 68, a diabetic, was diagnosed with lung cancer early this year.
Prior to his death, the filmmaker had requested that no wake be held, and that his body be cremated. It was also Plata’s wish to have his ashes scattered in the Pasig River.
The director is known for the 1999 film Isusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko, starring the late Action King Fernando Poe, Jr. and Judy Ann Santos.
He also directed most of Judy Ann’s films with Wowie De Guzman—My Pledge of Love (1999), Muling Ibalik Ang Tamis ng Pag-ibig (1998), and Kung Alam Mo Lang (1996).
Directing over ten films, the last he made was Pakisabi Na Lang... Mahal Ko Siya (2002).
Plata was credited with the screenplays of Bakit Di Totohanin (2002) and Muling Ibalik ang Tamis ng Pag-ibig.