Today in Philippine History, February 12, 1915, Lamberto Vera Avellana was born in Bontoc, Mountain Province

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On February 12, 1915, Lamberto Vera Avellana, first Filipino National Artist in Theater and Film, was born in Bontoc, Mountain Province.

Avellana, the so-called Boy Wonder of the Philippine Movies and a prominent film and stage director, made his film debut in 1939 with "Sakay," a biopic on the early 20th century Filipino revolutionary Macario Sakay.

Lamberto Vera Avellana
(Lamberto Vera Avellana)

Directing more than 70 films in a career that spanned six decades, Avellana's films -- "Anak Dalita" (1956) and "Badjao" (1957), attained international acclaim and stood as his most prominent works despite budgetary limitations that hampered the post-war Filipino film industry.

"Anak Dalita," which was named Best Film at the 1956 Asia-Pacific Film Festival, was a realistic portrayal of poverty-stricken Filipinos coping with the aftermath of World War II.

"Badjao" was a love-story among the sea-dwelling Badjaos, an indigeneous Filipino people hailing from Mindanao. Rolf Bayer was the screenwriter for both films.

Avellana was also known as the first Filipino filmmaker who directed "Kandelerong Pilak" -- the first Philippine film ever shown at the Cannes International Film Festival -- as well as founder of the first Philippine theater group, the Barangay Theater Guild (1939).

He died on April 25, 1991 at the age of 76.

Reference: Philippine News Agency


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