He studied at De La Salle Greenhills from grade school to high school.
Abaya and Catalina Roxas, he is married to movie director Marilou Diaz-Abaya with whom he has two children.
His first film was Malaya, Mutya ng Gubat (Malaya, Muse of the Forest), 1948, starring Mila del Sol and Teody Belarmino.
He was assistant cameraman to Ray Lacap in Hantik (Black Ant), 1950, which won the Maria Clara best supporting actor award for Tony Santos Sr. He also photographed the prize winning Avellana documentary, El legado (The Legacy), 1959.
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.
Among his award-winning works as director of photography are: Karnal (Carnal), 1983, Urian and Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards; Pahiram ng Isang Umaga (Lend Me One Morning), 1989, with Eduardo Jacinto and Nonong Rasca, Urian and Star Awards; and Misis Mo, Misis Ko (Your Wife, My Wife), 1989, Star Awards. Abelardo went to the United States to train as scenic artist in early Hollywood films, such as Footlight Parade, 1933, and Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, 1936.
Their first movie production was Tanikala (Chain), 1980, a period film.
Its centerpiece project is its AWF Scholarship Program for Young Actors which provides selected talents a year-long curriculum and training in acting. The film broke box-office records and helped Sampaguita Pictures rise again after a big fire gutted its studio. Nolasco ’s Siete Dolores (Seven Sorrows) and Mga Busabos ng Palad (Slaves of Fate), 1948; Eddie Infante ’s Ina (Mother), 1948; and Tony Arnaldo’s Anak ng Pulubi (Child of a Beggar), 1951.
At one time, AWF produced a 30-minute daily TV drama called Wakasan which served as a practicum for workshop participants. She became the most popular child star of the decade of the 1950s, sharing top billing with major stars, such as Pancho Magalona and Lillian Leonardo in Anghel ng Pag-ibig (Angel of Love), 1951; Gloria Romero in Rebecca and Ramon Revilla and Sylvia La Torre in Ulila ng Bataan (The Orphans of Bataan), 1952; Katy de la Cruz and Norma Vales in Cumbanchera, 1953; and Fred Montilla in Nagkita si Kerubin at si Tulisang Pugot (Cherubim Meets Headless Bandit), 1954. Aguirre made her screen debut in Sampaguita Pictures ’ Himagsikan ng mga Puso (Revolt of the Hearts), 1938, which was based on the novel by Julian Cruz Balmaseda, Tala ng Bodabil (Star of Vaudeville). During the 1950s she was an exclusive contract star of LVN Pictures for mother roles in films like Pag-asa (Hope), 1951; Tia Loleng (Aunt Loleng), Tenyente Carlos Blanco (Lieutenant Carlos Blanco), and Matador (Bullfighter), 1952; and Tumbalik na Daigdig (Topsy-Turvy World) and Sa Paanan ng Bundok (At the Foot of the Mountain), 1953. She is the eldest child of Bernardino Alatiit of Roxas City and Angelica Liguid of Cavite. After high school, she took a one-year course on tourism and travel at the Centro Escolar University.
Agana’s daughter, Marita, had a short-lived stint in the Philippine movies as “Tessie Agana Jr.” Marita appeared in For You Mama, 1970, with Gloria Romero and Luis Gonzales, and in Elizabeth, 1971. She also portrayed the young Irene Marcos in Pinagbuklod ng Langit (Joined by Heaven), 1969, and was one of the children in Lino Brocka’s Wanted: Perfect Mother, 1970. He has portrayed a variety of roles: a hippie in Beatnik, 1960; a Western gunfighter who challenges Dolphy to a duel in Barilan Sa Baboy-Koral (Gunfight at Pig’s Corral) and the devil, Lucifer, in Si Lucio at Si Miguel (Lucio and Miguel), 1962; and a wacky private sleuth in Detective Kalog and a fierce tribal chieftain in Tansan vs. Their siblings, Gabriel and Marita, work as model makers. All, except Ang Klon, have won awards in short-film festivals of the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines (ECP) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). She played her first lead role in Jingy, 1967, opposite Fernando Poe Jr. He was married to Ester Hugo with whom he has seven children.
Agana received the Maria Clara Award as best child actress of the year for her dual role performance in Eddie Romero ’s Prinsesa at Pulubi, 1951, an adaptation of the famous classic, The Prince and the Pauper. By the time she appeared in the remake of Cofradia, 1973, in the role popularized by Gloria Romero in 1953, Alajar was already a Sampaguita contract star. His parents are actor Etang Discher and businessman Igmedio Tagle. Tarsan, 1963; Panchito has also appeared on television, as a regular co-host of Dolphy in the long-running Buhay Artista in the 1960s, and as guest actor in many other shows. The Alcazaren brothers have made eight animated films using clay: Hari (King), 1982; Headset and Huling Trip (Last Trip), 1983; Juan de la Cruz and Pagpula (Becoming Red), 1984; Ang Klon (The Clone), 1985; and C. In 1992 Juan exhibited his metal sculptures at the CCP Small Gallery. Among her later notable performances was in the film directed by Behn Cervantes, Sakada (Seasonal Cane Worker), 1976. Alvarado played his first bit role in Halik sa Bandila (A Kiss to the Flag), 1948, and his first starring role in Alyas Chain Gang (Alias Chain Gang), 1967.