Kris Aquino Pays Tribute To ABS-CBN Executive, Former Manager Deo Endrinal

Kris Aquino reveals drifting apart with Deo Endrinal in recent years

“Queen of All Media” Kris Aquino mourns the death of her former mentor and manager, Deo Endrinal.

Deo, the head of ABS-CBN’s Dreamscape Entertainment, passed away on Saturday, February 3.

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On Instagram today, February 5, Kris posted an old photo of her and Deo with a caption paying tribute to her manager, boss, and friend.

Kris first clarifies that it took a while before she posted because she wanted to talk first to Deo’s son, actor PJ Endrinal.

She then admits that recently, she and her “lola deo” have drifted apart after leaving ABS-CBN.

Kris writes (published as is), “I won’t deny that after working so closely together for almost 20 years, ‘lola deo’ and i drifted apart when i was no longer with ABS-CBN.”

The TV host-actress then shares important learnings from working with Deo, especially at the time she was hosting her morning shows catering to mothers as her audience.

She continues, “But he shall ALWAYS remain the reason i learned the importance of honoring the job you’ve been given.

“[W]hen i was 28, a newly single mom, and he became my sole manager he imposed a 12 midnight curfew on me- he said: you have a morning show that airs LIVE at 11 AM, if you’re seen out until 3 AM, the staff in that restaurant may mga nanay at asawa– audience mo sila. Nasa studio ka ng 9 AM, meaning bumangon ka para maligo etc at 7:30- paano ka gagalangin ng audience mo kung hindi mo binibigyan ng importansya ang trabaho mo?”

Kris also shares how Deo believed in her, given that she was the third choice to host the iconic game show “Game KNB?”

She also reveals how he helped her when she decided to take an indefinite leave from her talk shows at the time her mother, former President Corazon Aquino, was battling colon cancer.

“Deo believed in me when many doubted (i was the 3rd choice to host Game KNB). He showed me the value of professionalism, respect, and generosity in sharing the credit with everyone involved in the production of my shows & movies.

“He instilled in me how to separate my personal problems from my duty to entertain (if only my dressing rooms had CCTV cameras- sometimes 5 mins before going live my tears would still be rolling nonstop.)

“He fought for me when i asked to take an indefinite leave from SNN & the BUZZ during my mom’s last few weeks alive because he understood why i refused to leave her hospital room.

“He was a generous & thoughtful ninong to bimb. He wrote the most beautiful messages in his cards, all of them i scanned so that i’d forever have copies of his heartfelt greetings.”

Kris never “unloved” Deo

Kris then goes on to say how she regrets not reaching out to Deo and letting her pride get in the way.

This comes from the hurt she felt when the late TV executive did not communicate with her at the time her health was deteriorating.

“For 16 years not a day passed that we didn’t communicate. I’m now so sorry for my failure to be the one to reach out because it hurt me when i failed to hear from him personally during my time of grief & the time my health started deteriorating. My wrong choice prevented us from being each other’s support system when we should’ve been there for each other.

“i’m sharing this for others to see that pride in the end only leaves us with regret.”

In the end, Kris thanks Deo and expresses her love for her former manager and mentor.

She says, “Please know LA, i never “unloved” you. And i am proud to declare- i’d never have become KRIS without the magical guidance of the creative genius that was DEO ENDRINAL.”

Deo was Kris’s manager in the last 16 years that she was in ABS-CBN. Before this, they have worked on Kris’s talk show, “Today With Kris Aquino.”

Deo was also the producer of Kris’s teleseryes under Dreamscape Entertainment: “Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara (2008)”, “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo (2010)”, and “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw (2013).”

ABS-CBN mourns the passing of Deo

On Sunday, February 4, ABS-CBN aired a statement regarding the passing of Deo.

ABS-CBN acknowledged the contributions of Deo in the network as “a well-loved Kapamilya leader and exceptional storyteller.”

The network also recognized how Deo led the team of Dreamscape Entertainment in producing “countless meaningful stories” through its TV programs.

In the end, the Kapamilya network assures that Deo’s contributions to the industry “will always be remembered and cherished,” and the he is a forever Kapamilya.

Here is ABS-CBN’s full statement:

“ABS-CBN mourns the passing of Deo Endrinal, a well-loved Kapamilya leader and an exceptional storyteller behind some of the most memorable and groundbreaking shows on Philippine television. The programs he produced have touched the lives of Filipinos worldwide.

“As the head of Dreamscape Entertainment, Deo led his team in producing countless meaningful stories that resonated with and inspired our audiences.

“Deo’s creative brilliance, passion for storytelling, and commitment to excellence are reflected in his works since his beginnings as a writer and producer for the company.

“His warmth, generosity, and dedication have endeared him to many.

“As we bid farewell to a forever Kapamilya, we extend our deepest condolences to his son PJ, his relatives, the Dreamscape team, all our Kapamilyas in ABS-CBN, our partners, and friends in the industry. His contributions to the entertainment industry will always be remembered and cherished.

“Rest in peace, Deo. Forever ka naming Kapamilya! Mahal na mahal ka namin!”

Deo, under his unit Dreamscape Entertainment, produced some of ABS-CBN’s iconic programs such as “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” Kadenang Ginto,” “Dirty Linen,” and the currently airing shows “FPJ’s Batang Quiapo” and “Linlang.”

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