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.
The Citizens Council for Mass Media (CCMM) honored him for best cinematography for A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, 1965.
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.
Among his award-winning works as director of photography are: Karnal (Carnal), 1983, Urian and Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards; Pahiram ng Isang Umaga (Lend Me One Morning), 1989, with Eduardo Jacinto and Nonong Rasca, Urian and Star Awards; and Misis Mo, Misis Ko (Your Wife, My Wife), 1989, Star Awards. Abelardo went to the United States to train as scenic artist in early Hollywood films, such as Footlight Parade, 1933, and Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, 1936.
The AWF membership as well as its teaching staff is composed largely of practicing actors involved actively in film, television, and theater. Her parents are actor Linda Estrella and Adriano Agana. Paul College, Quezon City and Philippine Women’s University (PWU). Perez of Sampaguita Pictures, who gave her a bit part as a solo ballet dancer in Milagro ng Birhen ng mga Rosas (Miracle of the Virgin of the Roses), 1949.His partners in this venture were his wife and two high school buddies, film assistant director Gregg de Guzman and sound director Amang Sanchez.