Friday, July 25, 2008

R.I.P. gilbert perez

two very creative and well-respected gilbert perezes passed away within a week of each other. news items below from may their souls rest in peace.

Film, TV director Gilbert Perez passes away

MANILA, Philippines—Film and television director Gilbert “Manong” Perez passed away Wednesday night, ABS-CBN announced Thursday. He was 48.

Perez, director of such films as “Dreamboy” and “Jologs,” suffered a heart attack earlier this month while megging his current project, the drama series “A Time For Us,” featuring Jericho Rosales and Malaysian actress Carmen Soo.

He also directed some episodes of the drama anthology “Maalaala Mo Kaya” and was executive producer of the defunct game show “Ready, Get Set, Go”

Perez succumbed at 10:41 PM Wednesday at the St. Luke’s Medical Center, ABS-CBN said.

"We will miss a very caring and loyal friend," said Charo Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN president. "Manong is a passionate and creative person. He is a perfectionist and expects people working with him to match his drive for passion, creativity and perfection," she adds.

"Manong and I both started fom Ateneo de Manila and met up again with him in BBC-2 when I was doing my OJT," said Cory Vidanes, ABS-CBN SVP and TV Production Head. "He was my mentor, taught me a lot and really took care of me when I was just starting in the business," Vidanes added.

Perez's remains lie in state at the Felicidad Room of Arlington Memorial Chapel in Quezon City.

Gilbert Perez, lifestyle columnist-artist; 76

Lifestyle columnist, artist and fashion designer Gilbert Perez died on Tuesday at the Ospital ng Makati where he was confined for more than two weeks. He was 76.

A UP Fine Arts graduate, he was a professor at Feati University for 25 years.

He sketched the gown of Rita Moreno, who starred in the Broadway musical hit “West Side Story.” In his early 20s, he designed for “Rosevale” and became a favorite designer of Imelda Cojuangco, Imelda Marcos and fashion icon Chona Kasten. He was also favorite fashion show director of the country’s elite models.

He was the art director of the midweek magazine of the Manila Chronicle under Eggie Apostol. After martial law, his long-time friend Julie Yap Daza got him to be the art director of Time’s Journal’s People Magazine. After the EDSA Revolt in 1986, Julie and Gilbert were together again at Oh! magazine of Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua’s Brown Madonna Publishing and later segued to Philippines Graphic where he wrote a lifestyle column “Manila At Large” for 18 years until his death.

Gilbert is survived by his two brothers Walter and Chito and his adopted son Errol who had been taking care of him until his death.

His body lies at the Loyola Memorial Chapel in Guadalupe, Makati City. Interment will be at the Manila Memorial Park, ParaƱaque after Mass at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

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