Award-winning film director Mario Oâ€™ Hara passed away on Tuesday morning. He was 68.
According to Peewee, Oâ€™Haraâ€™s sister-in-law, the director died in San Juan de Dios hospital due to acute leukemia and its complications.
Aside from being a director, Oâ€™Hara, a native of Zamboanga, was also a film producer, screenwriter and actor.
He collaborated with director Lino Brocka in many award-winning films, including â€œInsiangâ€ and â€œTinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang.â€
Known for his sense of realism often with dark but realistic social messages, Oâ€™Hara was set to work with theater group Tanghalang Pilipino, which is mounting his original musical â€œStage Showâ€ for its 25th season.
â€œStage Showâ€ is the story of aging veterans of Filipino vaudeville caught between love for their art and economic survival.
â€œThis grand musical play gives us a glimpse of a lost era in Philippine cultural history; the time of the â€˜bodabil,â€™ a form of entertainment adapted masterfully by Filipinos from the American vaudeville,â€ the group said in its website.
â€œStage Showâ€ is also Tanghalang Pilipinoâ€™s official entry to the National Theater Festival in November.(MNS)