Veteran filmmaker Mel Chionglo dies

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Veteran director Mel Chionglo (FILE PHOTO).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 21) — Veteran director Mel Chionglo has passed away. He was 73.

Film Development Council of the Philippines head Liza Diño confirmed Chionglo's passing in a Facebook post on Saturday.

She wrote a tribute reminiscing how the director guided her when she acted in her first movies.

"Back then, I still had so much qualms about acting. But as the amazing director that he was, he made me feel that there could be a bright future for me here," Diño recalled.

Condolences have poured in from Chionglo's colleagues, among them Cultural Center of the Philippines' Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado and fellow director Joey Reyes.

Reyes said Chionglo "will always be loved and never forgotten."

Chionglo began his film career as a production designer for films that have become Filipino classics. Among the movies he directed are "Playgirl," “Midnight Dancers,” “Lagarista,” and “Burlesk King”. The latter was screened at the 2000 Berlin International Film Festival's Panorama section.

Chionglo co-founded the Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc. and headed the monitoring committee of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.