MANILA, Philippines—Filmmaker Danny Zialcita passed away on Sunday, according to industry insiders.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer learned of the news during a meeting of the Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng Pelikulang Pilipino on Tuesday.
Actor Rap Fernandez, son of actress Lorna Tolentino, posted the news on his Twitter account on Tuesday as well.
Zialcita was 72, according to Ronald Arguelles, channel head of Cinema One. Zialcita received a lifetime achievement award from Cinema One in 2009.
Among the films he directed were the glossy adult dramas “Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan,” “Karma,” “Palabra de Honor,” “Nagalit ang Buwan sa Haba ng Gabi,” among others.
He also megged sex comedies like “Mahinhin vs. Mahinhin,” “May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo,” “May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga” and “Lalakwe.”
He was also credited for introducing singer Sharon Cuneta to the movies via the 1981 teen romance “Dear Heart.”