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Senate honors Peque Gallaga in a resolution

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senators on Monday paid tribute to multi-awarded Filipino film-maker Peque Gallaga.

Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri sports a new look following a two-month enhanced community quarantine. Zubiri, who earlier went on a self-quarantine after he tested positive of COVID-19, said had in sight a George Clooney look. (Henzberg Austria Senate PRIB)

Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri (Henzberg Austria Senate PRIB / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The Senate adopted Resolution No. 398 expressing its “profound sympathy and condolences” to the family of Gallaga, whose real name was Maurice Ruiz de Luzuriaga Gallaga.

Gallaga passed away on last Thursday, May 7, due to pneumonia. He was 76.

READ MORE: Director Peque Gallaga dies at 76

The measure was introduced by Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, who said he personally knew the movie director.

“It’s a great loss for the film industry for he was an incredible man with so much ideas. He was a visionary and many of his films became favorites of the public,” Zubiri said.

“Gallaga was a well-respected fixture not only in the local film industry but in the international arena as well, as evidenced by the accolades he garnered here and abroad,” he added.

Zubiri also enumerated Gallaga’s contributions to the Philippine cinema.

Gallaga was known his award-winning films Oro, Plata, Mata (1982), Magic Temple (1996), and Scorpio Nights (1985), among others.

He was also recognized in various film festivals in the country and abroad, such as the International Film Festival of Flanders-Ghent in Belgium and the Chicago International Film Festival, as well as the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining, the Gawad Urian Awards, among many others.

Senator Imee Marcos also expressed grief over Gallaga’s death.

“We mourn his loss as well as we celebrate his legacy,” said Marcos.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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