Wrote more than 150 film scripts between 1973 and 2014, including Jose Rizal, Muro Ami, and Muling Umawit ang Puso, which all won Metro Manila Film Celebration Awards. He earned his first composing award whilst in senior high school. In 1982, he earned the Metro Manila Film Celebration Award for Greatest Screenplay for his function Himala. His mom passed away when he was five and he seldom saw his dad. Another well-known Filipino writer is certainly Jose Garcia Villa.