Behn Cervantes in an undated photo.

Veteran stage and film director-actor Behn Cervantes passed away on Aug. 15 at Asian Hospital in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

He was 74.

Cervantes died at 10:15 a.m. due to pneumonia with diabetes complications, his eldest sister Lengleng told ABS-CBN News.

The family said his remains will be cremated.

Relatives, friends and supporters may not be able to pay their last respects as Cervantes did not want any wake to be held.

He would have been 75 years old this Aug. 26.

Cervantes, founder of U.P. Repertory Company, helmed the 1976 film “Sakada,” which counts among the great social-realist and allegorical films at the time and led to his political arrest.

In 1981, it won a Dekada Award for Best Film of the Decade.

Together with the late film director Lino Brocka, Cervantes had been at the forefront of the anti-Marcos protest movement during the 14-year dictatorship.

He also directed “Masikip, Masakit, Mahapdi” and “Bawal na Pag-ibig.”

Cervantes, who lived in New Jersey for a number of years, was honored in June by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

He was also a recipient of the Aliw Award for Life Achievement in Theater and the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Centennial Award.

Several Filipinos, including ABS-CBN journalists, took to social media to pay tribute to the actor-director and express their condolences to his family.

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