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.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.His partners in this venture were his wife and two high school buddies, film assistant director Gregg de Guzman and sound director Amang Sanchez.
Aside from working in the movies as cinematographer and/or editor, Abaya also works as still photographer for commercial lay-outs and directs commercials for television. He studied at the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Fine Arts. Abelardo, brother to cinematographer Bayani Abelardo, and uncle to Ben Resella, art director of Sampaguita Pictures who later became a scenic artist in Hollywood.
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.
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.