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Director and choreographer Al Quinn dies at 86

Director and choreographer Al Quinn dies at 86

Photo from Noel Ferrer's Instagram

Showbiz figures pay tribute to the director

Veteran TV director Al Quinn, whose real name was Alcuin Pastrano, died on Saturday, October 24 (Philippine time). He was 86.

His death was confirmed to ABS-CBN by his son, actor Dino Pastrano, who said that he died in Las Vegas, USA.

Quinn was among the most established directors in the Philippine entertainment industry, often working with the likes of comedy king Dolphy, host German Moreno, screen icons Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran, and award-winning actress Nora Aunor.

Before being an events, stage, and TV director, he was a choreographer and dancer at the Manila Grand Opera House in the late ’50s, forming a dance group called Shirley & the Moderners.

Several showbiz figures posted tributes to Quinn on social media.

Producer Noel Ferrer took to Instagram to post photos of the director with late comedian Dolphy and host Ryan Agoncillo.

“Back in the day when I was doing writing for TV specials – awards nights, pageants, tributes, etc, I have worked with this very cool, funny and respected director we loving call Tito Al Quinn,” he wrote in the caption. “REST IN PEACE TITO AL!!! Thank you for being a happy part of my 30 years in media!!!”

Ryan, Judy Ann Santos, Dingdong Avanzado, Beth Tamayo, and Randy Santiago were among the celebrities who commented on the post, saying “RIP.”

On Facebook, Lea Salonga wrote: “Rest In Peace, Tito Al Quinn. I’m thankful you were one of the directors I got to work with as a child.”

“Your kindness as well as your professionalism are what I’ll always remember,” she said. – Rappler.com