Director Marilou Diaz-Abaya
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MANILA — Multi-awarded film director Marilu Diaz-Abaya succumbed to cardiac-pulmonary arrest caused by her seven-year battle with breast cancer.

She died at 6:40 p.m. last October 7 in the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City. She was 57.

Widely considered as the top female director of the country, Diaz-Abaya is best remembered for her 2007 film “José Rizal,” a biopic starring Cesar Montano.

She was also the mother of musician and actor Marc Abaya. Marc told media people recently that his mother’s cancer had regressed.

Marc had said that he was trying to put a very strong front for her mom who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.

Marc, the vocalist of Kjwan band, told “” last June that Diaz-Abaya was “ready to go.”

“It’s only a matter of time. Only God knows what will happen to my mom,” he said, adding “Lagi niyang sinasabi sa kanyang interviews that she’s ready to go. Handa na raw siya. But she has survived it for the past seven years.

Diaz-Abaya founded the Antipolobased film school, Film Institute and Arts Center.