Cirio H. Santiago was born on January 18, 1936 in Manila, Philippines. He was a film director and producer. He is best known for classic exploitation films such as Ebony, Ivory and Jade, The Muthers and TNT Jackson. In the 1980s, he made several low-budget Vietnam themed war movies. Santiago worked with American film producer, Roger Corman and directors like Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante and Carl Franklin. In 1995, he became the president of the Philippines Film Development Fund, a position appointed to him by the then President Fidel V. Ramos, to improve the quality of Filipino films and also to encourage the production of foreign movies on location in the Philippines. Cirio Santiago passed away September 26, 2008.