Maryo J. de los Reyes was born on October 12, 1952, in Sta. Cruz, Manila, Philippines. When he reached high school, he decided to give the priesthood a chance, graduating from Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary. His dream of being a director never left him, so he enrolled at the Institute of Mass Communications of the University of the Philippines where he graduated with honors. While in school, he became active with PETA, the country's premiere theater group in the seventies. He then became the creative head of Agrix Films where he directed High School Circa '65, his first directorial venture in 1979. He received nominations for his work on this film. Since then, he has directed 56 feature films, several television programs and specials, commercials, and stage plays. His filmography includes Diosa (Goddess) (1985), My Other Woman (1990), Bedtime Stories (2002), and Laman (Flesh) (2002).