Ronnie Lazaro

Ronnie Lazaro
Born Ronnie Zabala Lazaro
( 1957-11-14) November 14, 1957
Sagay, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Occupation Actor, producer, casting director
Years active 1977–present

Ronnie Lazaro (born November 14, 1957) is a Gawad Urian Award-winning[1] Filipino film and television actor, producer, casting and art director.

He has received many nominations throughout his career as an actor, nine of which were for Best Supporting Actor, and two for Best Actor (Ebolusyon in 2005 and Boatman in 1984). His films received recognition not only in the Philippines but also in international film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Hong Kong. The short film Anino (English title: Shadow), where he played the lead, received the Palme d’Or in Cannes Film Festival in 2000.[2] He is currently working on a saga, Heremias, with Filipino director Lav Diaz, the first part of which has been shown for exhibition in the 23rd Turin Film Festival.[3] He has also performed in several foreign projects filmed both in the Philippines and abroad.[4]

Lazaro is also active in television and has appeared in various soap operas, such as Kamada, winner of the Dove Awards in 1997, and Anna Luna, where he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1990.[5]

Lazaro was born in Negros Occidental, Philippines. His roots are in theatre: He co-directed an improvisational play entitled Pugakhang in 1979,[6] and has toured nationwide to stage several plays including Hiblang Abo, which he co-produced.[7]

Aside from his work as a film, theatre and television actor, Lazaro has had his share of achievements behind the camera. His art direction[8] in Manila by Night (City after Dark) won the Best Production Design Award in 1981. A self-taught photographer, he also launched in January 2005 a photo exhibit in the Museo de la Cárcel Real in Cáceres, Spain entitled Manila en las palmas de la luz (Manila in the palms of light),[9] which ran for two months. The same exhibit was again mounted in October 2006 in Museo Perez Commendador–Leroux, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the said museum.[10]

The Gawad Urian Awards named Lazaro Best Actor in 2009 for his portrayal of a troubled father in the movie Yanggaw (English title: Affliction).[11] He clinched two nominations from this same award-giving body in 2012:[12] he was nominated as Best Actor for the film Boundary, and for Best Supporting Actor for Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story.

Aside from his native Hiligaynon, Ronnie speaks Tagalog, English and a little Spanish.






Casting director

Art director

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Category Result
2009 Gawad Urian Best Actor(for Affliction 2008) Won
2008 FAP Awards, Philippines Best Supporting Actor (for Casket for Hire 2007) Nominated
2005 FAP Awards, Philippines Best Supporting Actor (for Panaghóy sa subâ: The Call of the River 2004) Nominated
2005 Gawad Urian Best Actor (for Evolution of a Filipino Family 2004) Nominated
2001 Metro Manila Film FestivalBest Supporting Actor (for Bagong Buwan)[13]Won
1985 Gawad Urian Best Actor (for Boatman 1984) Nominated
1983 Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actor (for Oro, Plata, Mata 1982) Nominated


  1. Lazaro wins Gawad after 27 years
  2. "Cannes Film Festival". IMDB. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  3. "Heremias". Torino Film Festival. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  4. "Ronnie Lazaro". IMDB. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  5. "Ronnie Lazaro". Amigo. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  6. "THEATER: 1977 - 2006". Ronnie Lazaro Official Page. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  7. "Who we are". Dakila. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  8. "City After Dark". IMDB. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  9. "BibliotecaWeb". Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  10. Miguel, A. "Dos décadas llenas de arte". El Periódico. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  11. "'Serbis,' 'Yanggaw,' 'Jay' big winners at 32rd [sic] Gawad Urian". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  12. Jarloc, Glaiza. "Gawad Urian announces this year's nominees". Gawad Urian announces this year's nominees. Sunstar Manila. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  13. "Metro Manila Film Festival:2001". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
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