|Born||Maurice Ruiz de Luzuriaga Gallaga
August 25, 1943
Peque Gallaga (born Maurice Ruiz de Luzuriaga Gallaga on August 25, 1943) is a multi-awarded Filipino filmmaker. His most significant achievement in film is "Oro, Plata, Mata", which he directed after winning a scripwriting contest sponsored by the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines. He has received an award from the International Film Festival of Flanders-Ghent, Belgium in 1983; a Special Jury Award from the Manila International Film Festival; and the 2004 Gawad CCP Para sa Sining.
Gallaga spent his elementary and high school years at De La Salle University in Manila, then finished commerce and liberal arts at the school’s Bacolod campus. He taught theater and film at the University of St. La Salle. Upon moving back to Manila, he got involved in television musicals and eventually co-directed the film Binhi with Butch Perez. He also directed the movies Virgin Forest, Scorpio Nights, Unfaithful Wife, and the "Manananggal" episode of Shake, Rattle and Roll I.
In 1986 he started co-directing films with Lore Reyes, with whom he shared directing credits for Shake Rattle & Roll 2, Shake Rattle & Roll 3, Shake Rattle & Roll 4, Baby Love, Magic Temple, and more than twenty other films to date. In the animated movie Dayo, Gallaga voiced the character of "Lolo Nano," the resident sage of Elementalia.
Gallaga and Reyes won Best Director and Best Screenplay for Magic Temple in the 1996 Metro Manila Film Festival.
Gallaga and Laida Lim-Pérez won Best Production Design for Eddie Romero’s Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? in the first 1976 of Gawad Urian awards. In 1980, he won the same award for Ishmael Bernal’s City after Dark. He also served as member of the Film Academy Classification Board (FACB) during the 1980s.
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