2015, February 12. Lamberto V. Avellana, Birth Centenary
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Lamberto V. Avellana – National Artist, Theatre
Lamberto Avellana y Vera was born in Bontoc in the Mountain Province
on 12 February 1915. He studied at Ateneo de Manila, where he
learned about his passion and talent for the theater arts. He became
a teacher at Ateneo, and aspired to promote Filipino theater.
He met Daisy Hontiveros who acted in plays staged by the University
of the Philippines. Hontiveros and Avellana formed a theater arts
group called the Barangay Theater Guild, which has had members such
as Leon Ma. Guerrero III and Raul Manglapus.
Upon watching one of Avellana's theater productions, President
Carlos P. Garcia suggested that he look into filmmaking.
In 1939, Avellana made his directorial debut with Sakay,
which depicted the life story of the Filipino hero Macario Sakay.
As a filmmaker, Avellana proved that he was an innovator. He
developed a style wherein the camera was used to represent a
worked in the Philippine movie industry for 60 years, completing
over 70 movies. His two most noted films are Badjao, which portrayed
the indigenous seafaring people of Mindanao, and Anak Dalita (Child
of Indigence), about the struggles of life after World War II. The
movie won Avellana the award for Best Film at the Asia-Pacific Film
Festival in 1956.
Avellana was also the first Filipino director to have his film
screened at the Cannes film festival. The movie was entitled
Kandelerong Pilak (Silver Candlesticks), starring Miniong Alvarez,
Teody Belarmino, Alfonso Carvajal, Joseph de Cordova, Lilia Dizon,
and Joseph Estrada.
Avellana was proclaimed National Artist for Theater and Film in 1976
by President Ferdinand Marcos. He married Daisy Hontiveros, whom
Avellana has known since they were teenagers, and who was also a
Avellana passed away on 25 April 1991.