National Artist Eddie Romero dies
His son confirms Romero died at 9 pm

'NEVER PREDICTABLE.' National Artist for Cinema and Broadcast Arts Eddie Romero was known for work "delivered in an utterly simple style... but never predictable.' Photo courtesy of Paolo Villaluna

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – National Artist  Eddie Romero died Tuesday, May 28 at 9pm.

His passing was confirmed by son Joey Romero in an Inquirer interview. In a text message to Rappler, the younger Romero said his father died of a cardiopulmonary arrest. 

Earlier, Inquirer reported that the 88-year-old Romero was in a coma after being in and out of the hospital for the past few weeks.

Doctors said the veteran director had a blood clot on the right side of his brain, son Joey told Inquirer.

Romero was named National Artist for Cinema and Broadcast Arts in 2003. His list of work includes “Ganito Kami Noon… Paano Kayo Ngayon?” “Aguila,” “Kamakalawa,” Banta ng Kahapon,” and a 13-part “Noli Me Tangere” series.

His work was “delivered in an utterly simple style – minimalist, but never empty, always calculated, precise and functional, but never predictable,” according to the National Artist citation.

“His work spanned generations; Mr. Romero influenced numerous filmmakers, both here and abroad, to tread the same path and to aspire for the same sweeping ambitions that he held dear. His accomplishments form the legacy that Mr. Romero has undoubtedly left Philippine and global cinema,” Malacañang said in a statement. 

The wake will not be limited to family, but details have yet to be provided as of posting.