ISA si Mother Lily Monteverde sa mga prodyuser na agad nagtiwala at nagbigay daan para maipakita ang husay ni Direk Maryo delos Reyes noong baguhan pa ito.
Kaya naman hindi na kataka-taka kung may isang gabi na nakalaan para sa Regal sa burol ng premyadong director kagabi, Miyerkoles.
Ani Mother, malaking parte ng Regal si Direk Maryo at ang Regal ay mananatiling tahanan ng director bukod pa sa isa siya sa poste ng film company.
Pamilya na kung ituring ni Mother Lily at pamilya niya si Direk Maryo bukod pa sa isa sa napakabuting kaibigan nito.
Ani Mother Lily sa kanyang eulogy, “We will remember him for his signature laughter that will forever be heard in our hearts.”
Narito ang kabuuan ng eulogy ni Mother Lily kay Direk Maryo.
“Good evening, dearest friends and family members of Maryo J. de los Reyes.
If some should ask, “Why is there a night dedicated to Regal Films as we mourn the passing of an important director like Maryo? “ The answer is simple. He is one of the pillars of our studio. Maryo de los Reyes is as much a part of Regal Films as Regal will always be the home of this filmmaker.
For in our many years together, Maryo was more than just a director who made films for us. He was and will always be family. He will always remain as one of my closest friends, one of my children. They call me Mother Lily because of the reasons for my pride — these geniuses of filmmakers who have made Regal Films what it has become for the past so many decades.
Even more than that, Maryo was a friend … a great friend. This is unquestionable — as proven by the number of people gathered today feeling a sense of loss now that he has left us. But we will not talk about sadness but celebrate his life. We will remember him for his signature laughter that will forever be heard in our hearts.
Maryo J de los Reyes was a great Filipino director … but more than that, he was Magnifico … a great human being. Tonight, we salute his life. We do not say goodbye but instead applaud and say, “Thank you … and congratulations for a life so well-lived, for a job so well done.”
ni Maricris Valdez Nicasio