Film, TV industry mourns death of director Francis Xavier Pasion
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Members of the entertainment industry took to social media to express their sadness over the death of filmmaker Francis Xavier Pasion Sunday, March 6.
Here are just a few of the tributes being shared by his colleagues and friends in the industry, who also shared their admiration for his work and offered their condolences to his family.
Rappler movie critic Oggs Cruz posted this on Instagram: "You are one of the few filmmakers, however, who is humble enough to admit that we live in a universe of opinions and views. You've left a huge void, and many more stories all deserving to be told and discerned the way only you can do. You will be missed."
Dear @francispasion, I never got to write a note in reply to yours. Prior to Luang Prabang, our conversations were limited to knowing smirks and smiles about our shared reactions to films we've watched and random chatter about random other things. In Laos however, I got to know more about you and what drives you as an artist, and what I got from you is impressive. I'm as thankful as you for allowing yourself to be swayed to attend the film festival despite your commitments. You have humbled this critic who is sometimes too quick to judge the sincerity of your intentions. You are one of the few filmmakers however who is humble enough to admit that we live in a universe of opinions and views. You've left a huge void, and many more stories all deserving to be told and discerned the way only you can do. You will be missed. - Francis "Oggs" Cruz
Filmmaker Quark Henares posted this on his Facebook:
Filmmaker Marie Jamora posted this on Facebook:
Filmmaker Jerrold Tarog posted this on Twitter:
So long, Francis. Glad to have known you and seen your work. Rest well.— Jerrold Tarog (@JerroldTarog) March 6, 2016
Screenwriter and producer Lilit Reyes said this:
Baron Geisler, who starred in the movie Jay posted this on his Instagram account.
Shaina Magdayao, who worked with Francis in Nathaniel posted this on Instagram.
You were one of the very few that i loved opening up to about my lifes spiritual journey. Maybe because we were just so aligned, faith -wise. Salamat direk Francis, sa pakikinig, sa paniniwala, sa pagiging isang kaibigan on and off cam, sa laging pag - appreciate kung sino at ano ako bilang artista at higit sa lahat, bilang isang tao. Last month, yun na pala ang ating huling exchange-religiouspasalubong Ang bilis naman. Sabi mo gagawa pa tayo ng pelikula after Nathaniel, at isa ding pelikula na madre ako at isang tungkol sa anghel dahil devotee ka ni Archangel Michael. Di bale, sigurado ako kasama mo na siya ngayon. Akalain mo yun, ikaw pala ang totoong Nathaniel namin. Pahinga na Direk, mamimiss ka namin, mahal naming Direktor. Mahal kong kaibigan. Youll always be in my heart, direk Francis Pasyon #FPUNIT #PaalamDirekFrancis
Anne Curtis posted on Instagram a photo of her and Francis. The two worked on the show Hiram and later, Dyesebel.
Xian Lim took to Twitter to share his short message.
Rip direk @francisxepasion— XIAN LIM (@XianLimm) March 6, 2016
Gerald Anderson posted this:
Actress Cherry Pie Picache posted this:
Parang kelan lang direk Francis when you posted this heartwarming message on FB when we were reunited on the set of On the Wings of Love..and I told you the feeling is mutual. December 1 pa pala yun, bilis ng oras.. pero bakit ganon.. Ang bilis mo rin nawala. Ang daya mo.. mag cocollaborate pa tayo eh idi discuss ko pa sayo yung GAWAD PASION mo... I will try my best to finish what we talked about.. thank you so much for that direkI love you and you will be sorely missed. Rest now..as I'm sure, you will continue to create your beautiful stories in heaven.#dpanakakahingadirekWenn
Christian Bautista posted this on Twitter:
Direk Francis passion directed me& @carmensoo for our tv special&princess and I with Kathryn,Daniel and quen . Rest in peace.— Christian Bautista (@xtianbautista) March 6, 2016
Actress Coney Reyes shared this:
Bye, Direk Francis Xavier Pasion I will never forget you! Love you pic.twitter.com/2VjrLrcC6o— Coney Reyes (@ConeyReyes) March 6, 2016
Filmmaker Pepe Diokno also wrote he was surprised by Francis' death.
Shocked about this also. RIP Francis Xavier Pasion :( https://t.co/PEbzkthFQP— Pepe Diokno (@PepeDiokno) March 6, 2016
On The Wings of Love cast member Nico Antonio shared one of the last photos they had.
Richard Yap posted this on Twitter:
So shocked to hear about the death of Direk Francis Pasion. Another one of our good directors gone so soon. Rest in Peace Direk. ✝— Richard Yap (@ImRichardYap08) March 6, 2016
Zsa Zsa Padilla also took to Twitter to share this short message:
Saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Direk Francis Pasion. R.I.P. @francisxepasion— zsa zsa padilla (@zsazsapadilla) March 6, 2016
Juan Miguel Severo of On The Wings of Love thanked Francis for all his work.
RIP Direk Francis Pasion. Thank you for the moments we shared on the set of OTWOL, for your contributions in Philippine Cinema. :(— Juan Miguel Severo (@TheRainBro) March 6, 2016
Fifth Pagotan, who worked with Francis on Nathaniel, shared this.
OMG. RIP direk Francis Pasion was nice working with you sa Nathaniel.— Fifth Pagotan (@FifthSolomon) March 6, 2016
Directors Antoinette Jadaone and Mae Cruz Alviar also posted messages on social media. Antoinette worked with Francis in On The Wings of Love.
Ang lalaking puro good vibes lang ang nasa katawan. Gone too soon. Direk Francis. :(— Tonette, Tonette (@tonetjadaone) March 6, 2016
I'm still in shock... rest in peace, Direk Francis Pasion— Mae Cruz Alviar (@queenbeemae) March 6, 2016
Francis was found dead at his Quezon City home on Sunday. According to a report from Umagang Kay Ganda, his brother Michael confirmed he died due to cardiac arrest, based on the autopsy report of the Philippine National Police.
He is known for working on the independent films Jay (2008) and Bwaya, which won Best Film under the New Breed category in the 2014 Cinemalaya Film Festival.
Francis also worked on a number of TV shows for ABS-CBN, including My Binondo Girl, Dyesebel, and the recent JaDine hit show On the Wings of Love. – Rappler.com