Abaya served as a creative consultant to the annual Cinemalaya independent film festival. Guillen is Cinemalaya competition chairperson
Caceres Archbishop Leonardo Legazpi, Abaya's spiritual adviser and friend, officiates final mass for the late director
Archbishop Legazpi in his homily said Abaya's death is a great loss, a common loss
Legazpi: The family lost an exceptional mother, movie industry lost brightest star, church lost an ardent devotee of Our Lady of Penafrancia
Arch Legazpi recalls what defines Abaya's person, what constitutes the "fountainhood of her activities"
Legazpi: I was allowed to witness the amazing story of a soul as it gradually transformed in the midst of excruciating pain of cancer
Legazpi quotes Abaya as saying,"As I sparred w chemo sideeffects, i realized how treacherous cancer is. Offers no certitude nor reliability"
Legazpi said Abaya likened her cancer to the sea and weather
Legazpi shares Abaya's thoughts about her condition: "At no other time in my cinematic storytelling have I ever come to this close to experiencing what it means to be made flesh, to be wounded, to be in pain, and be disabled, to be reliant on others, on Providence."
Legazpi: Abaya's professional life was intensely busy, but also disturbing
Legazpi quotes Abaya's March 24, 2009 reflection: "Decades of working in the deserts & sand dunes of showbiz, of moving around the world from one film to another, of getting places but not arriving anywhere, I began to feel the pangs of hunger & thirst for somethng
Legazpi said Abaya started trekking back to God in 97.
Legazpi quotes Abaya: "While I was filming Jose Rizal.. I felt unqualified and terrified to satisfy the demands of a nation. When I directed Muro-ami & Bagong Buwan, it was in dangerous & hostile environment where i found myself desperately relying on the Lord to guide me to bring my cast, staff & crew to safety...I spent a year studying Islam & Minda history in prep for Bagong Buwan."
Legazpi said Abaya went thru countless medical procedures including 2 surgeries, 8 cycles of chemotherapy, 33 sessions of radiation
12 doctors attended Abaya who succumbed to cancer whch started in her breast and metastasized in her liver
Abaya's wishes: Cash donations to scholars of Sacred Heart Novitiate in QC; Mother of Good Counsel Seminary & Minor Seminary in Pampanga.
Abaya's son Marc gave a tearful eulogy, said Marilou Diaz-Abaya is their family's legacy, their greatest teacher
Marc Abaya: We will never forget all lessons she taught us; devote our lives to others
Marc Abaya joked: Until the end Marilou Diaz Abaya was directing us.
Marc Abaya bade farewell to his mom: "You're greatest teacher and mother. We will always love you. Now rest and see you in time."