Filipino director Wenn Deramas, known for his blockbuster comedy hits, died from cardiac arrest early Monday morning. He was 47.
Talent manager June Rufino, a good friend of Deramas’, confirmed his passing via phone interview on ANC.
“He [Deramas] went to the hospital [Capitol Medical Center] at 2 a.m. [Monday morning]. There were several attempts to revive him but to no avail,” said Rufino, adding that the director also suffered a heart attack in 2014, and underwent an angioplasty the following year.
The circumstances of Deramas’ death are even more saddening as he had reportedly rushed to the Quezon City hospital to check on a sibling who was earlier taken to the emergency room but proclaimed dead on arrival.
Deramas is the director behind some of highest-earning entries to the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), the most recent ones starring comedian and host Vice Ganda. His last film, December’s Beauty and the Bestie is officially the highest grossing Filipino film having earned P526 million in total as of January 26.
Other MMFF films of the tandem include Petrang Kabayo, The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin, Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy, and The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin.
All movies produced by Star Cinema, the ABS-CBN film company issued the following statement: “We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our Kapamilya Direk Wenn Deramas. Today we lost not just one of the greatest minds but a loving son, brother, friend. This is a sad day for the industry. He will forever be remembered.”
On Twitter, Vice Ganda posted, “Isang napakalungkot na araw. Sagad hanggang buto ang lungkot. Paalam Direk Wenn. Mahal na mahal kita.”
Deramas also directed the Ang Tanging Ina movie franchise starring Ai-Ai Delas Alas; Sisterakas featuring Kris Aquino; and Moron 5 and the Crying Lady with John Lapus.
Before his success on the big screen, Deramas began as a TV series director. IMDB.com lists as his first ever project, Mula sa Puso starring the love team of Claudine Baretto and the late Rico Yan. It ran from 1997 to 1999 in ABS-CBN. He also helmed the 2011 remake starring JM de Guzman and Lauren Young, still for ABS-CBN.
Deramas last directorial work for the network’s mini-series Wansapanataym Presents is still on air, entitled “Susi Ni Sisay.”
As of press time, his remains are in Arlington Memorial Chapels in Araneta. Details of interment have yet to be announced.