Film direc­tor Man­ing Bor­laza, 82

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EM­MANUEL “MAN­ING” BOR­LAZA, the man who brought to the sil­ver screen Bi­tu­ing Walang Ningn­ing (1985) and gave birth to one of the most fa­mous lines in Philip­pine movie his­tory — “You’re noth­ing but a sec­ond-rate, try­ing hard, copy­cat!” — has passed away at the age of 82.

En­ter­tain­ment writer Mario Du­mawal re­ported Mr. Bor­laza’s death (due to a heart at­tack) in a tweet that was con­firmed by his nephew, Roy Ramirez.

An­other rel­a­tive, Apolo­nio Ramirez, Jr., an­nounced the direc­tor’s pass­ing on Face­book adding that he died while on the way to Lour­des Hospi­tal.

“Wake shall be in Loy­ola Chapel Parañaque City Su­cat road. His soul Rest In Peace,” said Mr. Ramirez, Jr., in his post.

Mr. Bor­laza had a sto­ried ca­reer that re­sulted in more than a hun­dred film cred­its to his name in­clud­ing two Darna films: Darna and the Giants ( 1973) with Leody M. Diaz in the ti­tle role, and Li­pad, Darna, Li­pad! (1973), an om­nibus flick he di­rected along­side Joey Gosieng­fiao and El­wood Perez, with Vilma San­tos- Recto play­ing the tit­u­lar Filipino an­swer to Amer­ica’s Won­der­woman.

He also di­rected Ka­putol ng Isang Awit ( 1991) which starred Sharon Cuneta and Gary Va­len­ciano, and the mer­maid film Dye­sebel (1973), also star­ring Ms. San­tos-Recto.

His last film was 2000’s Ma­pag­bi­gay star­ring Nini Jac­into and Miya No­lasco.

Mr. Bor­laza was also an ac­claimed scriptwriter aside from be­ing a direc­tor, and many of the awards he won were for this side of his work. Ac­cord­ing to an en­try in the in­ter­na­tional film re­source page IMDb, Mr. Bor­laza had won seven awards in his ca­reer: FAMAS ( Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences) awards for best screen­play for Pi­nag­buk­lod ng Lan­git (1969) and Psy­cho Ma­niac ( 1968); Film Academy of the Philip­pines (FAP) Awards for Best Story Adap­ta­tion for Ka­pag Lan­git ang Hu­ma­tol (1990 with Sal­vador Royales), and Best Direc­tor for Paano Tatakasan ang Bukas? (1988); and the Young Crit­ics Cir­cle awards for Best Screen­play for Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang? (1994, shared with Jose Dal­isay, Jr.), and a Sil­ver Prize for Bakit Ikaw Pa Rin? (1990). He was given a Life­time Achieve­ment Award by the FAP in 2016.

Bor­laza was born in Liliw, La­guna on Nov. 5, 1939, the son of ed­u­ca­tors. After grad­u­at­ing with a de­gree in English, he worked as a movie ex­tra and scriptwriter in Sam­pa­guita Pic­tures. His first screen­play was made into a film in 1957, Mga Li­gaw na Bu­lak­lak. He was a pro­lific screen­writer, ac­cord­ing to the CCP En­cy­clo­pe­dia, which said she wrote “over 200 sto­ries and screen­plays,” many of which were based on “komiks and ra­dio dra­mas.”


Mr. Bor­laza was also the vice-chair of the Movie and Tele­vi­sion Re­view and Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Board (MTRCB)

Film pro­fes­sor and MTRCB board mem­ber Roland To­lentino, took to Face­book and shared a photo of Mr. Bor­laza with ac­tress Glo­ria Sevilla, touted as the Queen of Bisaya movies, who is also mem­ber of the board.

“It is with a heavy heart that I heard about Direk Em­manuel ‘Man­ing’ Bor­laza’s pass­ing this morn­ing. He was the kind, free-spir­ited and tire­less vice-chair of the MTRCB. I will miss him,” Mr. To­lentino said in his post.

Fel­low film direc­tor Jose Javier Reyes in a sep­a­rate post said, “Cel­e­brate a life ded­i­cated to Filipino films. Good­bye, Direk Man­ing Bor­laza. You have in­spired.”

“Rest in Peace, Direk Man­ing Bor­laza,” singer/ac­tress Lea Sa­longa posted on both her Twit­ter and Face­book pages.

Direc­tor and play­wright Frank G. Rivera posted a lengthy tribute to Mr. Bor­laza chron­i­cling the times they worked to­gether in the busi­ness, start­ing from Mr. Bor­laza’s adap­ta­tion of Mr. Rivera’s Palanca-win­ning play, Ama, which be­came Dalawang Ina, Isang Ama (1975) when filmed, among other col­lab­o­ra­tions.

“The last time I was with Em­manuel H. Bor­laza was dur­ing the Pagsam­bang Bayan per­for­mance in Ate­neo last month. We had a great time rem­i­nisc­ing our ad­ven­tures. It was of course a sad news when our com­mon friend Joel La­man­gan, called me up this morn­ing to in­form of Direk Man­ing’s demise... May you rest in peace, Direk Man­ing,” he said in his post. —

CHERIE GIL and Sharon Cuneta in a scene from one of Man­ing Bor­laza’s best known films, 1985’s Bi­tu­ing Walang Ning­ing.

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