Joaquin “Jake” Tordesillas,” a respected and multi-awarded film and television scriptwriter, died Friday morning. He was 68.
In a message sent to Bulletin Entertainment, Tordesillas is said to have suffered a freak fall two years ago, which contributed to the deterioration of his health.
“…This has caused him extreme pain – not only physically but emotionally as well. Furthermore, Jake underwent both physical rehabilitation and psychotherapy. When the excruciating pain continued, he got depressed and had to tale personal leaves of absence from his work,” part of the message read.
Industry colleagues who worked with Tordesillas posted their tributes on social media upon learning of his passing.
“Deeply saddened by the passing of brilliant screenwriter Jake Tordesillas. Thank you Sir Jake, not only did you share with us your genius, you did so with such kindness and sincerity. You will truly be missed by so many of us,” posted filmmaker and screenwriter Jun Robles Lana.
Cinema One Head Ronald Arguelles posted, “Wow what sad news. Goodbye and rest in peace Jake Tordesillas. An industry friend for about 30 years. We’ll miss you Jake.”
Meanwhile, veteran director Jose Javier Reyes wrote on Twitter, “I welcomed Friday with such bad news about the passing of a good man who was a friend: have a safe journey home, @jaketor. We shall miss you.”
Tordesillas begun his career in 1979 after he was credited for the screenplay of Maryo J. delos Reyes’ critically acclaimed coming-of-age film, “High School Circa ’65.” Since then, he continued to collaborate with Delos Reyes in a series of comedy and musicals that starred Superstar Nora Aunor including “Annie Batungbakal,” “Bongga Ka ‘Day,” and “Rock n’ Roll.”
While most of the films he wrote were light-hearted comedies that also included his biggest critical and commercial success in “Bagets,” Tordesillas also ventured into more ambitious dramatic fare with films like “Don’t Cry For Me, Papa,” “Tagos Ng Dugo,” “My Other Woman,” and “Dinampot Ka Lang sa Putik,” which he co-wrote with Javier Reyes and won the Young Critics Circle award for Best Screenplay.
On television, as creative manager for ABC5 (now TV5), Tordesillas guided hit shows like “Tropang Trumpo,” “Love Notes,” Eezy Dancing,” and “Wow Mali,” while on ABS-CBN, he was also the creative manager for series like “Maria Flordeluna” and “Banana Split” (now “Banana Sundae”).
Transferring to GMA in 2011, the veteran scriptwriter worked as creative manager for shows like “Amaya,” “Legacy,” the groundbreaking “My Husband’s Lover,” and “Magpakailanman.”
The remains of Tordesillas can be viewed at the Loyola Memorial Chapel starting today at 5PM. Funeral service information will be announced later.
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