Anne Curtis remembers the late director Peque Gallaga: ‘I will forever be grateful to him’

Anne Curtis pays homage to her first ever director.



05/08/2020 01:40 PM
Anne Curtis remembers the late director Peque Gallaga: ‘I will forever be grateful to him’
Photo credit: @annecurtissmith IG


Shortly after the news broke online that director Peque Gallaga had passed away last May 7, the showbiz industry showed their sympathy for the veteran director who was behind Pinoy movies like  Oro, Plata, Mata, Scorpio Nights, Unfaithful Wife, Baby Love Magic Temple, Magic Kingdom, and episodes of Shake, Rattle and Roll. That same day, Anne Curtis, who got her first acting break in Peque’s 1997 fantasy adventure film Magic Kingdom when she was just 12 years old, shared a post on her Instagram account about her unforgettable working experience with her first director. Anne is currently staying in Australia along with husband Erwan Heussaff and the rest of her family after giving birth to their first baby Dahlia in early March.

She wrote,

“I will forever be grateful to him and Direk Lore for choosing me to be their Princess Dahlia in Magic Kingdom. it breaks my heart knowing that he won’t get to meet my own little Dahlia. Direk Peque, thank you for giving me a role that would change my life forever. I will miss you and will treasure the memories and lessons you taught me in the craft of acting. Rest In Peace. I love you.

My deepest condolences to the Gallaga Family”



Last May 5, Peque’s family released an official statement giving an update on his health condition and clarified that he was hospitalized but that it was not COVID-19 related (READ: Family confirms: 'Oro, Plata, Mata' director Peque Gallaga hospitalized, but not due to COVID-19). His family later confirmed that Peque had passed away early on May 7, Wednesday, while confined at the Riverside Medical Center in Bacolod City. (READ: Multi-awarded director Peque Gallaga dies at 76)

In deference to his family’s request for privacy, the cause of the late director’s hospitalization and passing was due to complications arising from his past health conditions. Direk Peque, whose real name is Maurice Ruiz de Luzuriaga Gallaga, was 76 years old.