As a budding composer and director, Climaco spent part of the 1930s studying filmmaking in Hollywood. Upon his return to Manila, he became the manager of a radio station. He met his wife, Lilian Velez, when she won first place in a singing contest sponsored by his station. They were married in 1942 and they had one child.
Climaco joined LVN Pictures as a director after the war. He directed his wife in her film debut, and in several films afterwards which she had starred in with her leading man, the former child actor Narding Anzures. Perhaps the most famous film he made with Velez was Ang Kabukiran, a film inspired by a song composed by his father-in-law and popularized by his wife.
In 1948, Velez was murdered by her co-star Anzures, an event that shocked Manila. Climaco remained with LVN Pictures and soon resumed his filmmaking career. He directed films for LVN until the late 1950s. Among his other films for LVN include Parola, starring Jaime de la Rosa and Norma Blancaflor. Climaco would also indulge in cameo appearances in his own films.
1947 -Sa Kabukiran - aka In the Field
1947 -G.I. Fever
1949 -Parola [Lvn] (dir) aka Lighthouse
1949 -Tambol Mayor [Lvn] (dir)
1949 -Ang Kandidato [Lvn] (dir) aka The Candidate
1949 -Biglang Yaman [Lvn] (dir) aka One Day Millionaire
1950 -Nagsaulian ng Kandila [Lvn] (dir)
1951 -Nasaan ka, Giliw [Lvn] (dir) aka Love, Where are you?
1952 -Harana sa Karagatan [Lvn] (a) (dir) aka Ocean Serenade
1952 -Isabelita [Lvn] (dir)
1953 -Awit ng Pag-ibig [Lvn] (dir) aka Song of Love
1953 -Dalawang Pag-ibig [Lvn] (dir) aka Two Love
1955 -Palasyong Pawid [Lvn] (dir) aka Wood Palace
1955 -Karnabal [Lvn] (dir) aka Carnival
1956 -Everlasting [Lvn] (dir)
1957 -Nasaan ka Irog? [Lvn] (dir) aka Where are you Dear?
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