He became a full-fledged cinematographer in Kandelerong Pilak (Silver Candlesticks), 1954, which won for Lilia Dizon the best actress award in the Cambodian Film Festival. As actor, Accion appeared in films like Ang Lalaki (The Male), 1947; Sierra Madre, 1948; Tambol Mayor (Big Drum) and Kandidato (Candidate), 1949; In Despair, 1950; and Donato, 1954.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As film editor, he won the Urian award for Brutal, 1980, with co- editor Mark Tarnate. In local movies, he pioneered the art of cinematographic wizardry. His parents are Rafael Accion and Filomena Bautista.
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.