- Katrina Halili owed her career to the late Direk Maryo J. Delos Reyes
- The veteran director worked with the actress for six years and five soap operas
- Katrina wrote a tribute to the well-loved director
The Philippine showbiz industry was shocked by the unexpected and sudden death of acclaimed director Maryo J. Delos Reyes.
He was interred on February 3 at Himlayang Pilipino in Quezon City.
The director was well-loved among actors and actresses. Among them is Katrina Halili, who said she owed her comeback to the director.
On Instagram, Katrina Halili shared a message honoring the man who served as her teacher and showbiz dad.
"Nandyan ka during my lowest, isa ka sa dahilan kung bakit nakabalik ako, at hanggang ngayon andito pa din. Habang buhay kong tatandaan lahat ng natutunan ko sayo.
"Salamat sa wagas mong tiwala, Paalam direk maryo! Salamat sa pagmamahal, at sa masayang samahan natin. Alam kong masaya ka na ngayon, mahal na mahal kita.." said Katrina in her post.
Her message was accompanied by a collage of photos from the many projects that she and the director worked on together.
From 2008 to 2014, Katrina and Direk Maryo worked on five television series.
Katrina Halili is an alumna of the first batch of talent search StarStruck.
She enjoyed a great career after the reality competition was over.
However, she became involved in a controversy in 2009 with Hayden Kho. This led to her being pulled out off a number of her endorsements.
All parties have since moved on and have enjoyed a resurgence in their respective careers.
Direk Maryo J. delos Reyes is one of the most well-respected directors in Philippine showbiz.
He suffered from a heart attack on January 27.
He hailed from Dipolog City and has helped boost the careers of famous actors and actresses today.
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