A funeral mass and necrological service for director Wenn V. Deramas was held at the Dolphy Theater inside the ABS-CBN Compound on Saturday night, March 5.
The funeral mass was presided by Fr. Xavier Alpasa who was also Direk Wenn’s friend from Teatro Tomasino when he was in college at the University of Sto. Tomas. The priest shared his memories with the late director, as well as the lessons he learned from him.
Next was the necrological service which was entitled Paalam, Direk Wenn: Thank you for the Love and Laughter. It was hosted by Direk Wenn’s friends in the entertainment industry namely John “Sweet” Lapus, Candy Pangilinan, Eagle Riggs, Atak, Roxy Liquigan, Don Cuaresma, and Andoy Ranay.
While the stage was filled with mermaid paintings and superhero statues, personal favorites of the late director, the laughter-filled program highlighted the life of Direk Wenn as a friend, co-worker, family man, and a fun-loving person.
Several family members, friends, and co-workers shared testimonies through various audio visual presentations while some came onstage to personally share the impact Direk Wenn had on their lives.
Among them was his “Pakner” of 37 years, Atet who shared that he and Direk Wenn had plans to go to Europe to celebrate their 50th birthdays before the director died of cardiac arrest last February 29 at the age of 49.
Mel Del Rosario recalled her working experiences with the late blockbuster director. One of the funny memories she shared was when she and Direk Wenn represented ABS-CBN in an event in New York many years ago.
From the people living closely with Direk Wenn, the audience learned that the top grossing Beauty and the Bestie director loved his mother Lydia dearly and prioritized his children, Gab and Raffy.
Director Olivia Lamasan also delivered the speech of ABS-CBN’s big boss Charo Santos-Concio which contained experiences working with the late movie and teleserye director. “We lost a brilliant mind, a creative genius, a loving son, a good brother, a responsible father, a true friend,” she read.
Entertaining the attendees were actor, comedian, and host Vice Ganda with comedians Kiray and Tetay. The three cracked jokes, sang songs and even danced. But before they exited the stage, they performed the song “Without You” for Direk Wenn. It will be remembered that it was Direk Wenn who directed Vice Ganda’s blockbuster movies such as Petrang Kabayo, The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin 1 and 2, Sisterakas, Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy and Beauty and the Bestie.
Likewise, the program also featured performances by XB Gensan, It’s Showtime dancers, Regine Velasquez who sang Direk Wenn’s favorite song “Dadalhin,” Gary Valenciano who performed “Home” and Jude Michael who sang “Kapag Ako Ay Nagmahal” and “Mula sa Puso,” the theme songs of Direk Wenn’s teleseryes.