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.
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.
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 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.
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.