Joyce Bernal on friendship with the late Wenn Deramas: "Never kami nagkaroon ng inggitan."

Director Joyce Bernal recalled how a good and supportive friend Director Wenn Deramas was: "I think we respect each other that much na talagang kapag nagkita kami sa TriNoMa, papanoorin niya yung pelikula ko, papanoorin ng anak ko yung pelikula niya, papanoorin ko yung pelikula niya."


Just like other celebrities and members of the industry, director Joyce Bernal was shocked when she found out about Wenn Deramas’s sudden passing.

She recalled, “Nasa taping kasi ako so early, e.

“From the biyahe, tulog pa ako sa van, tapos ginising ako na namatay si Direk Wenn.

“Hindi ako lumabas ng van, tapos hindi kasi ako ma-techie, so di ko alam sa Facebook.”

She then had to confirm the news from her good friend Eugene Domingo.

“Noong nakausap ko na si Uge, noong tanghali na, nalungkot na talaga ako.”

However, something deeper came into Joyce’s mind upon learning the bad news.

“Nag-worry ako doon sa mga bata [anak ni Direk Wenn] because alam ko kung gaano sila kalapit kay Direk Wenn, gaano niya kamahal.

“Siguro, God will provide and take care of them.”

She also related that every time she and Direk Wenn see each other, they talk about their children.

“Kasi pareho kami ng anak, e, ng edad.

“So, yun yung mga sine-share naming dalawa bilang nanay, at nanay siya.”

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to interview Direk Joyce at the wake of Direk Wenn last Tuesday, March 1, at Arlington Chapel, in Quezon City.

DIRECTOR-EDITOR TANDEM. The last time Direk Joyce saw Direk Wenn was during the premiere night of her movie Everything About Her last January 26.

“Yung pinaka-recent ko sa kanya, sinuportahan niya yung pelikula ko, nanood siya ng pelikula ko with Ate Vi [Vilma Santos].

“Tapos nagkita kami, niyakap niya ako.”

According to Direk Joyce, both of them showed support and respect for each other as friends through watching each other’s works.

“I think we respect each other that much na talagang kapag nagkita kami sa TriNoMa, papanoorin niya yung pelikula ko, papanoorin ng anak ko yung pelikula niya, papanoorin ko yung pelikula niya.

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“We have that respect para sa isa’t isa.”

Direk Joyce was also reminded of the days when she and Direk Wenn used to be a tandem when she was still a film editor.

“Noong early [days] kasi, editor pa lang ako, nagdi-direct na si Direk Wenn, yung Mula sa Puso [The Movie] at saka Dahil Mahal Na Mahal Kita.

“Ang ganda-ganda ng pelikula naming yun, e. Ang galing-galing niya, e.

“After that kasi, noong nag-direct na ako, hindi na ako nakakapag-edit.

“So, hindi niya na ako kinukuhang editor.”

According to Direk Joyce, despite their same status as directors who have helmed box-office hits, their respect and support for each other remained the same.

“Hindi siya yung... di ba minsan, direktor ka na, puwedeng hindi ka na kunin?

“Hindi siya ganoon, very supportive talaga siya.

“Never kami nagkaroon ng inggitan or anything. Tuwing nagkikita kaming dalawa, happy.

“And siguro, we share the same group of friends.

“Pumunta pa ako sa birthday niya noong last year. Happy siya na nagpasalamat.

“Yung friendship namin, siguro hindi kasi kaming tulad ng ano [sobrang close], pero yung respeto namin sa isa’t isa, [laging nandiyan.]”

Direk Joyce added, “Yung care niya sa co-workers niya, yung energy niya, for someone na alam mong meron kang heart condition, pero andoon yung energy niya.

“Yung happiness niya, yung gusto niya nakatawa, at saka yung passion niya kapag kunyari inapi ka, ipaglalaban ka niya.

“I think relationship... yung relationship ni Direk, more than his films na nakapagpasaya sa tao na hindi siya kilala as a person.

“Yung pakikipagrelasyon niya sa artista niya, sa co-workers niya, sa mga maliliit na tao, iyon yung maiiwan.”


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