Showbiz industry grieves talent manager’s death

MANILA - The whole local entertainment industry is mourning the death of talent manager Douglas “Tito Dougs” Quijano.

Condolences from Quijano's friends, both in and out of show business, began to pour in as they continued to flock to Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City for his wake.

Quijano’s talents Gelli de Belen, sister Janice de Belen, John Estrada, Nadia Montenegro, Joey Marquez and Jomari Yllana were among those who paid their last respects to one of the most beloved talent managers in the country. The celebrities provided assistance to Quijano’s family.

“Maraming artistang nag-volunteer to take care of the catering and also to sponsor the masses,” “The Buzz” host and actress Kris Aquino also reported.

Aquino announced that the talent manager’s wake is open only to his relatives, closest friends and co-workers. His family is asking for privacy during their time of grief, Aquino added.

The talent manager went to Lucban Tuesday to oversee the construction of his retirement house. Reports said that Quijano on Friday evening was already not feeling well and experiencing body chills before he went to bed.

“He didn’t have dinner anymore. Nag-kape lang siya dahil nagchi-chill na siya. Natulog siya ng maaga,” Montenegro said.

Around 10 a.m. the next day, Quijano was found dead by his household helpers inside his bedroom. They found Quijano sprawled face down and lifeless at the side of his bed.

“The doctor came right away pero hindi na nila na-revive si Tito Dougs,” Montenegro said.

Police suspect that the 64-year-old talent manager died of cardiac arrest.


Quijano’s showbiz friends remembered him as a very kind and generous person.

Montenegro said Quijano was not just a talent manager for her. She considered him as her No. 1 defender and adviser.

“He was more of a father. In all of my life’s decisions, siya lahat 'yan especially when I was 16… when he said yes I know it was [the] right [decision],” she said.

She added: “Kahit hindi niya alaga, tinutulungan niya. He was a peacemaker. Kung ano mang respeto ang nakukuha namin sa showbiz, dahil [‘yon] sa kanya. Wala ata akong kilalang taong hindi rumerespeto kay Douglas Quijano.”

Gelli, whose career was handled by Quijano for 16 years, said she would miss her Tito Dougs.

“He was a very fair person. He was one of the most objective people that I’ve met in the industry. That’s why he was [always] the mediator kasi wala siyang kinikilingan… I will miss you, Tito Dougs,” Gelli said.

German Moreno also praised Quijano’s skill as a talent manager.

“He was a good writer and as a manager alam naman natin ang dami niyang hawak at ngayon mga sikat. So, maraming bagay na nagawa ang isang Douglas Quijano,” Moreno said.

Quijano had managed the careers of Charito Solis, Bembol Roco, Aga Muhlach, Richard Gomez, William Martinez, Anjo Yllana, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Eric Fructuoso, Carmina Villaroel, Aiko Melendez and Wendell Ramos.

He was the one who discovered Tirso Cruz III and Claudine Barretto. He also handled Richard Gutierrez's endorsement deals.

Before joining the entertainment industry, Quijano, who was called “Mr. Amity,” “Cool Guy,” and “Star Discoverer,” was a journalist. He wrote for Daily Star, one of the most popular newspapers in the 70s, and The Sun.


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