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Veteran director Mel Chionglo passes away at 73

by Erwin Santiago
Sep 21, 2019
Veteran director Mel Chionglo passed away this Saturday morning, September 21. Some of his most memorable films are Babaeng Hampaslupa, Dyesebel, Midnight Dancers, Lagarista, and Burlesk King.
PHOTO/S: Jerry Olea / Facebook

Pumanaw na ang batikang direktor na si Mel Chionglo nitong Sabado ng umaga, September 21, sa edad na 73.

Isang statement ang inilabas ng Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI) kaugnay ng pagpanaw ng isa sa kanilang miyembro:

"The Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc. mourns the passing of director Mel Chionglo. He lived a productive life and greatly contributed to Philippine cinema in memorable ways.

"After an early career as production designer for such classics as Mike de Leon's “Itim,” Ishmael Bernal's “Salawahan,” Eddie Romero’s “Aguila,” and Lino Brocka's “Ina, Kapatid, Anak,” he eventually made his own films. Notable among these were “Playgirl,” “Midnight Dancers,” “Lagarista,” and “Burlesk King,” the latter of which screened at the 2000 Berlin International Film Festival's Panorama section.

"He was also an industry leader and mentor, respected for the deep wisdom he would quietly share amongst veteran colleagues and upcoming filmmakers. A founding member of the DGPI, he served as its president in 2008. He also acted as Competition Director and Head of the Monitoring Committee of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, and was once a member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board.

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"The DGPI extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mel Chionglo."

Bumuhos din sa social media ang mensahe para kay Chionglo—at sa veteran entertainment editor na si Isah Red na pumanaw rin ngayong araw—mula sa mga kasamahan niya sa indutriya.

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Nagsimula si Chionglo sa film industry bilang production designer para sa mga pelikulang Itim ni Mike de Leon, Ina Kapatid Anak ni Lino Brocka, at Aguila ni Eddie Romero.

Noong 1981 ay ginawa niya ang kanyang unang pelikula bilang direktor, ang Playgirl na pinagbidahan ni Gina Alajar.

Ilan pa sa mga idinirek na pelikula ni Chionglo ay ang mga sumusunod: Sinner Or Saint (1984), Dear Mama (1984), Teenage Marriage (1984), Company of Women (1985), Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita (1986), Paano Kung Wala Ka Na? (1987), Babaeng Hampaslupa (1988), Dyesebel (1990), Nagsimula Sa Puso (1990)...

Pakasalan Mo Ako (1991), Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo (1991), Lucia (1992), Loretta (1994), Midnight Dancers (1994), Lahar (1996), Isinakdal Ko Ang Aking Ina (1997), Burlesk King (1999), Lagarista (2000), Twilight Dancers (2006), at Lauriana (2013).

Ang huling pelikula niya ay ang Iadya Mo Kami noong 2016.

Ang mga labi ni Chionglo ay ilalagak sa Arlington Memorial Chapels sa Araneta Avenue, Quezon City. Magsisimula ang viewing bukas, September 22.

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Nakatakda namang i-cremate ang kanyang mga labi sa September 26, Huwebes.

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Veteran director Mel Chionglo passed away this Saturday morning, September 21. Some of his most memorable films are Babaeng Hampaslupa, Dyesebel, Midnight Dancers, Lagarista, and Burlesk King.
PHOTO/S: Jerry Olea / Facebook
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