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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 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.
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.