Mario O' Hara undergoes chemotherapy

Posted at 06/21/2012 1:56 PM | Updated as of 06/21/2012 5:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) -- Director Jerry O'Hara said his brother, award-winning director and screenwriter Mario O'Hara, is responding well to chemotherapy.

 "He is responding very well sa chemo. Bawal pa ang dalaw," Jerry said in a text message to entertainment columnist Boy Villasanta.

On Wednesday, Mario O' Hara was rushed to hospital due to leukemia and is now undergoing chemotherapy, Villasanta told ABS-CBNNews.com earlier on Thursday.

"Kini-chemotherapy na siya ngayon, pero hindi pwedeng sabihin kung saan ang ospital," Villasanta said, adding that no visitors are allowed to see O'Hara in the meantime.

"Ayaw na kasi munang ipasabi kasi bawal din naman ang bisita," he added.

It was film critic Noel Vera, a close friend of O'Hara, who first confirmed to ABS-CBNnews.com that the film director was rushed to the hospital.

"Danice O'Hara confirms it. She's Mario's niece. I have no other details," Vera said.

Aside from being a director, O'Hara, a native of Zamboanga, is also known as a film producer, screenwriter and actor.

He has also collaborated with acclaimed director Lino Brocka in many of his acclaimed films, including “Insiang” and "Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang."

Known for his sense of realism often with dark but realistic social messages, O'Hara is set to work with the theater group Tanghalang Pilipino, which is mounting his original musical play "Stage Show" for its 25th season.

"Stage Show" is the story of aging veterans of Filipino vaudeville caught between love for their art and economic survival.

"Stage Show" is also Tanghalang Pilipino's official entry to the National Theater Festival in November.

The group has yet to issue a statement about O'Hara's condition.