Award-winning film and television director Francis Xavier Pasion was found dead in the bathroom of his house in Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon City on Sunday afternoon.

Joji Alonso, producer of Pasion’s Cinemalaya entries “Sampaguita, National Flower” (2010)  and “Bwaya” (2014), said that the director has not been answering texts and calls since last night. The director’s family members found his lifeless body in the bathroom.

According to the initial findings of PNP SOCO operatives, Pasion died of heart attack. He was 38.

The late Francis Xavier Pasion at the 2009 Gawad Awards. He accepted the award for Best Screenplay for the Cinemalaya film ‘Jay.’ (Photo by David Fabros.)

Pasion’s last project was the hit television soap “On the Wings of Love” starring James Reid and Nadine Lustre.

His film “Bwaya” starring Angeli Bayani won Best Film under the New Breed Category in the 10th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, where it also bagged awards for Best Cinematography and Best Original Score.

In 2008, “Jay,” his feature film directorial debut, won Best Film and Best Editing at Cinemalaya. It also won awards from the Venice, Busan, and Berlin film festivals.

Pasion was born in Manila on February 8, 1978. He graduated cum laude at Ateneo de Manila University where he majored in Communication. He is the founder of Loyola Film Circle, the university’s first film organization that promotes education in the Philippine film arts and film production.

He has worked as writer and director for several ABS-CBN television shows such as “Princess and I,” “Nathaniel,” “My Binondo Girl,” “Wansapanataym” and “Dyesebel.”

He was all set for a Cinemalaya entry for next year entitled “My Positive Mother.”

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