Lamberto V. Avellana

Active - 1961 - 1969  |   Born - Feb 12, 1915 in Philippines  |   Died - Apr 25, 1991   |   Genres - Drama, War, Romance, Adventure

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  • Initially aimed to get established in the Filipino theater industry; played Joan of Arc at the age of 20.
  • Featured in many University of Philippines' plays; formed the Barangay Theater Guild along with his future wife.
  • Made his directorial debut with the film Sakay (1939), which won him great reviews from critics and journalists alike.
  • The success of his first movie earned him the title The Boy Wonder of Philippine Movies.
  • Won a Grand Prix Award at the Asian Film Festival for the movie Anak Dalita (1956).
  • Became the first Filipino filmmaker to have his film Kandelerong Pilak (1954) screened at the Cannes International Film Festival.
  • Is also the first-ever Filipino to be named National Artist for Theater and Film in 1976.
  • One of his classics A Portrait Of The Artist As Filipino (1965) is his first movie to be restored in 2015.
  • Has been immortalized with the release of three stamps carrying his portrait in February 2015, as a way of marking his birth centenary and celebrating the National Arts Month.