Abelardo was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Film Academy of the Philippines in 1985 for his outstanding contributions to the movie industry. In 1939 he was recruited to work in Sampaguita Pictures by Pedro Vera, a provincemate who was one of the founders of the studio.He received the Natatanging Gawad Urian from the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino in 1990 for his outstanding achievements in film. He started as a clapper boy in the films of director Carlos Vander Tolosa.
Within the span of 55 years that he worked in Philippine movies, Accion was cinematographer to the best film directors in the industry, including Gregorio Fernandez, Eddie Romero, Lamberto V. He worked on such films as No Place To Hide, 1955; Kundiman ng Lahi (Kundiman of the Race) and Surrender, Hell, 1959; Blackburn’s Guerillas and Cry Freedom, 1960; Tagumpay ng Mahirap (The Diosdado Macapagal Story), 1964; Ibulong Mo Sa Hangin (Whisper in the Wind), 1967; Mariposang Dagat (Sea Butterfly), 1977; Sino’ng Pipigil Sa Pagpatak ng Ulan? Accion was elevated to the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Hall of Fame for his pictures: Anak Dalita (The Ruins), 1956; Badjao and Walang Sugat (Not Wounded), 1957; El Filibusterismo (Subversion), 1962; and Ang Daigdig ng mga Api (World of the Oppressed), 1965.From the Asian Film Festival, he received the best cinematography award twice: the first time for Anak Dalita when it swept all the awards including best picture, and the second time for Badjao, when his work was singled out as best photography in black and white.His other movies that received nominations in the best- cinematography category are: Tanikala and Working Girls, Urian; Brutal, Moral, and Desire, MMFF; The Graduates, Pinulot Ka Lang sa Lupa (You Were Merely Plucked From the Earth), and Nagbabagang Luha (Blazing Tears), Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Awards; and Hari sa Hari, Lahi sa Lahi (King to King, Race to Race), Star Awards. To him have been attributed such awesome and wondrous cinematic effects as human princes turning into figures of stone and vice versa in Ibong Adarna (Adarna Bird), 1941; the fantastic floating castle in Prinsesang Basahan (The Princess in Rags), 1949; the biblical Red Sea parting at the stroke of a cane in Tungkod ni Moises (Moses’ Cane), 1952; handsome Jaime de la Rosa transformed into a horrifying bat creature in Taong Paniki (Bat Man), 1952; Bayani Casimiro dancing upside down from ceiling-to-wall-to-floor in Big Shot, 1956; and the terrifying giant reptile monster sowing havoc in Tuko Sa Madre Kakaw (Gecko at Madre Cacao), 1959. Francisco aka Botong Francisco for the production design of some films that he directed, among them: Haring Kobra (King Cobra), 1951, where a mythical Balinese country near the Philippines was created; and Higit sa Korona (Above the Crown), 1956, where the illusion of ancient Egypt provided the backdrop for the longest swordfight in local movie history. He finished high school at the University of Manila.The other films Abelardo directed include: Malikmata (Phantasm) and Engkantada (Enchantress), 1948; El Diablo (The Devil), 1949; Mutya ng Pasig (Muse of Pasig), 1950; Ang Nuno Sa Punso (The Old Man on the Anthill) and Doctor X, 1950; Shalimar, 1951; Krus na Bakal (Iron Cross), 1954; Zarex, 1958; and Miranda and Lastik Man, 1966. He was married to Josette Collin Macalalag, sister of actor Mario Montenegro, with whom he had six children. After learning all that he could about film in London, Abaya returned to the Philippines to set up the family’s own movie production outfit, Cine Filipinas, Inc.
After two years of college in the University of Santo Tomas, he went to England and took up a diploma course in filmmaking at the London International Film School.
When she was 12, her family migrated to the United States. Aguirre won the Citizens’ Award for Television (CAT) as best supporting actress for Si Tatang Kasi in 1970. Later, she appeared in the films of Sampaguita Pictures. Since then, he has appeared in many films and has been known as Dolphy’s sparring partner. They received no formal training in animation, but learned it on their own, through readings and practice. Her parents are Alfredo Hernandez and Lourdes Anderson Viana. Alonzo was briefly enrolled at the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), and, at one time was a Philippine Airlines flight attendant.
She returned briefly in 1960 to do some teen movies with Jose Mari in Love At First Sight and Amalia Fuentes and Susan Roces in Amy, Susie, Tessie, before she married and settled in the United States for good. She was nominated by the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) as best supporting actress twice, for Kundiman ng Lahi (Kundiman of the Race), 1959, and Mahal Kita, Inay (I Love You, Mother), 1962. Among her early movies was Donata, 1968, where she played the role of the girl who grew up to be Gina Pareño. Some of his memorable movies are Kalabog en Bosyo (Kalabog and Bosyo), 1950; Eca Babagot (Don’t You Dare), 1961; Buhay Artista (An Artist’s Life) and Dakilang Tanga (The Great Idiot), 1968; and Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Pedro Penduko (The Mysterious World of Pedro Penduko), 1973. In the clay animation company they set up, Miguel and Juan serve as director and design engineer, respectively. Introduced in Kwatang, 1967, Lea Productions soon signed her up as a contract actor.
Its founders were noted actors and directors from the film industry, including Johnny Delgado, Laurice Guillen, Peque Gallaga, Leo Martinez, Ishmael Bernal, Rudy Fernandez, Amy Austria, Vivian Velez, Rowell Santiago, Mario Taguiwalo, and Ricardo Puno Jr.
The AWF membership as well as its teaching staff is composed largely of practicing actors involved actively in film, television, and theater. Her parents are actor Linda Estrella and Adriano Agana. Paul College, Quezon City and Philippine Women’s University (PWU). Perez of Sampaguita Pictures, who gave her a bit part as a solo ballet dancer in Milagro ng Birhen ng mga Rosas (Miracle of the Virgin of the Roses), 1949.
Organized as the Actors Workshop in 1983, it originally functioned as the education committee of the Katipunan ng mga Artista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (KAPP) aka Filipino Screen Actors Guild, conducting regular workshops for KAPP’s member- actors, professional extras, and bit players.