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Within the span of 55 years that he worked in Philippine movies, Accion was cinematographer to the best film directors in the industry, including Gregorio Fernandez, Eddie Romero, Lamberto V. He worked on such films as No Place To Hide, 1955; Kundiman ng Lahi (Kundiman of the Race) and Surrender, Hell, 1959; Blackburn’s Guerillas and Cry Freedom, 1960; Tagumpay ng Mahirap (The Diosdado Macapagal Story), 1964; Ibulong Mo Sa Hangin (Whisper in the Wind), 1967; Mariposang Dagat (Sea Butterfly), 1977; Sino’ng Pipigil Sa Pagpatak ng Ulan? Accion was elevated to the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Hall of Fame for his pictures: Anak Dalita (The Ruins), 1956; Badjao and Walang Sugat (Not Wounded), 1957; El Filibusterismo (Subversion), 1962; and Ang Daigdig ng mga Api (World of the Oppressed), 1965.
From the Asian Film Festival, he received the best cinematography award twice: the first time for Anak Dalita when it swept all the awards including best picture, and the second time for Badjao, when his work was singled out as best photography in black and white.
He studied at De La Salle Greenhills from grade school to high school.
Abaya and Catalina Roxas, he is married to movie director Marilou Diaz-Abaya with whom he has two children.
He received the Natatanging Gawad Urian in 1983 for his outstanding contributions to Philippine cinema, and the Film Academy Achievement Award in 1992. Pareja ACTORS WORKSHOP FOUNDATION (AWF) A nonstock, nonprofit foundation, the AWF aims to provide training to actors through workshops.He was documentary photographer for the Department of Public Information in 1974 and stillman for the American produciton Hit Woman in 1976. He married Maria Saret, who is also a movie director.Abaya has won awards both for his work in film editing and cinematography. He was educated at San Miguel Elementary School in Bulacan and Manila High School.His partners in this venture were his wife and two high school buddies, film assistant director Gregg de Guzman and sound director Amang Sanchez.Their first movie production was Tanikala (Chain), 1980, a period film.