Direk Quark Henares blames “horrible working conditions” for recent deaths of directors

MANILA, Philippines - Film director Quark Henares has expressed his view about the untimely deaths of film and television directors recently.

Direk Quark Henares
Director Quark Henares belives that the horrible working conditions in TV has caused the untimely death of directors Wenn Deramas and Francis Pasion. PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Quark Henares

Henares, the son of Dr. Vicky Belo, has blamed the “horrible working hours and conditions in televisions” for the deaths of directors Francis Pasion, Wenn Deramas, and Gilbert Perez.

Through a Facebook post on Sunday, March 6, Henares paid tribute to the “On the Wings of Love” (OTWOL) director who was found dead by his parents in the bathroom of his condominium unit in Quezon City over the weekend at the age of 38. Pasion was Henares’s former professor and the founder of his college org.

Henares wrote: “I think the reason a lot of TV directors like Wenn Deramas and Gilbert Perez, and now Francis Pasion are getting cardiac arrests, is because of the horrible working hours and conditions in Television. And it's not just directors: stuntmen, Ads [assistant directors], crew people and cameramen all go through similar situations.”

He added: “This should really change. And I don't know how it will, considering that this entails losses for the networks. But it really is time.”

Deramas, the director behind the blockbuster movies “Ang Tanging Ina” series, “Petrang Kabayo”, the “Praybeyt Benjamin” series, and “Beauty and the Bestie” died on February 29 due to cardiac arrest.

Meanwhile, Perez, who directed movies such as “Dreamboy”, “Trip” and “Jologs”, passed away in July 2008 due to heart attack.

Pasion, a communication arts graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, is behind the 2008 movie “Jay” which bagged the Best Film, Best Editing, and the Balanghai Trophy in the Cinemalaya Film Festival as well as other awards in international film festivals in Busan, Venice, and Berlin. His 2014 film “Bwaya" took home the Best Film award in the New Breed Category of the 10th Cinemalaya Film Festival. -Mini/The Summit Express

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