The AWF specializes and offers courses in improvisation and the Eric Morris system of work. She is married to Rodolfo Jao, and their nine children reside with them in Valparaiso, Indiana, USA. This was followed by Campo O’Donnell (Camp O’Donnell), 1950, a war film, where she portrayed the daughter of Pancho Magalona and Linda Estrella.
It also conducts special craft workshops for specific movie productions, and one-on-one tutorials for lead and support actors. Her biggest break came when she portrayed the role of a maltreated waif in Roberta, 1951.
When not producing movies, they rent out their equipment to other filmmakers and conduct seminars and workshops for aspiring talents. His parents are Juan Abelardo, a scenic painter, and Cecilia Velayo, a designer of women’s costumes.
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.
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.