"Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis" stars Piolo Pascual and John Lloyd Cruz shared their sentiments on box office director Wenn Deramas' passing during their thanksgiving dinner last night, March 1.
Piolo shared how deeply saddened he was upon learning about Direk Wenn's sudden death last February 29.
He said, "I was devastated. My first taste of teatro I was with direk Wenn already in UST (University of Santo Tomas). We’re guild mates and we’ve known each other for more than 20 years so masakit kasi hindi lang sa ABS-CBN ko siya kapamilya kundi sa teatro."
He also shared his unforgettable moments with the director.
"I’ve done shows with him, 'yung soap namin ni Claudine (Barretto) na 'Walang Kapalit' he directed it, 'Buttercup,' and ang dami kong cameo sa mga pelikula niya. He’s taught me a lot. He really was a mentor to many of us here in ABS-CBN," he added.
Meanwhile, John Lloyd also highlighted how significant Direk Wenn was - and will continue to be - in the industry.
"Malaki 'yung nawala sa industriya, malaki 'yung nawala sa amin, malaki 'yung nawala sa tao. Kasi napakalaki ng papel ni Direk Wenn sa pagbibigay ng ligaya sa napakaraming tao," John Lloyd said.
"Alam mo 'yung naging papel niya sa industriya na hanggang ngayon na kahit sabihin natin na palaki nang palaki ang market, palaki rin nang palaki ang problema ng industriya and si Direk Wenn hindi siya nagpapabaya sa contribution niya sa industriyang ito. We need more people like him. Hindi sila dapat nawawala," he added.
Meanwhile, after the success of "Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis," John Lloyd and Piolo will once again showcase their thespic brilliance in separate projects with Star Cinema.
Piolo will play a DJ in a movie with Coleen Garcia and Dawn Zulueta, to directed by Gino M. Santos, while John Lloyd will continue shooting for a movie with Jennylyn Mercado under the direction of Cathy Garcia-Molina.
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