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.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.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.In March 1988, it set up a theater company which produced a play, Manly-linlang (Filipino adaptation of Norman, Is That You? The AWF is recognized by the Film Academy of the Philippines as an educational entity for its actors and is a member of the FAP Board of Governors. Her other movies include Mapuputing Kamay (The White Hands), Anak ng Espada (The Child of the Sword), Munting Koronel (Little Colonel), and Kerubin (Cherub). She married actor Miguel Anzures and together they appeared in several movies before the war. Her other prewar movies are: Mapait na Lihim (Bitter Secret), 1938, with Rosario Moreno; Pasang Krus (Bearing the Cross), 1939, with Corazon Noble and Rogelio de la Rosa; Gabay ng Magulang (A Parent’s Guide), 1939, with Yolanda Marquez; Walang Tahanan (No Place to Call Home), 1939, with Carlos Padilla Sr.; and Takip-Silim (Twilight), 1939, the picture that launched the famous love team of Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de la Rosa. She was part of the cast of Sebya, Mahal Kita (Sebya, I Love You), which started as a radio show over DZXL and was later made into a movie by LVN in 1957. She married actor Michael de Mesa with whom she has three sons. Alajar was only eight years old when she auditioned for Lea Productions ’ Kaibigan Ko ang Santo Niño (The Holy Infant is My Friend), 1967. He performed at the Orient Theater together with Pilita and Dolphy, among others, in 1945. and Rolinda Alcazaren, the two brothers finished elementary and high school at the Don Bosco Technical College.She was under exclusive contract with Sampaguita and did not work for any other movie company except Alta Productions, the Agana firm which produced Kung Ako’y Maging Dalaga (When I Grow Up To Be A Lady), 1955. On television, she appeared as a mainstay in the sitcom, Si Tatang Kasi (Blame it on Father), 1970. She stood out from among close to 300 aspirants and won the title role opposite Roderick Paulate in the film. Goaded by Bayani Casimiro, he joined the movies and first appeared in Sa Isang Sulyap Mo, Tita (With One Glance From You, Tita), 1949. Miguel obtained his bachelor of arts degree in communication arts from the Ateneo de Manila University, while Juan earned his bachelor of science in landscape architecture at the University of the Philippines. Actor son, Jon Hernandez, died in a car accident in 1993.
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.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.In May 1985, the Actors Workshop became a private foundation and opened its doors also to nonprofessional actors and other acting enthusiasts.The Citizens Council for Mass Media (CCMM) honored him for best cinematography for A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, 1965.He received the Natatanging Gawad Urian in 1983 for his outstanding contributions to Philippine cinema, and the Film Academy Achievement Award in 1992. Pareja ACTORS WORKSHOP FOUNDATION (AWF) A nonstock, nonprofit foundation, the AWF aims to provide training to actors through workshops.