Personal background and education
Aquino-Kashiwahara was born Lupita Aquino, the daughter of Aurora Aquino and Benigno Quiambao Aquino, Sr., who was Secretary of Agriculture in the administration of President Manuel L. Quezon and Speaker of the Second Philippine Republic National Assembly. One of 6 siblings, she is the sister of Philippine hero Benigno Aquino Jr. and political figures Teresa Aquino-Oreta and Agapito “Butz” Aquino. She was first married to Cesar Concio, but eventually separated from him. She has been married to Ken Kashiwahara since the 1980s.
Early in her career, Aquino-Kashiwahara was the director of such television shows as the drama series Balintataw and the Nora Aunor musical show Superstar. Over several decades, she directed news coverage, documentaries, and television films as well, reaping awards. With the shutdown of television stations during Martial Law in the Philippines, Aquino-Kashiwahara turned to film directing. A good friend, film producer Digna Santiago of Premiere Productions, got her to direct a number of films. In 1976, while still carrying the name of Concio, she directed the Premiere film Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo, which won Best Picture in the FAMAS Awards. The movie also earned her Best Director at FAMAS as well, and Nicanor Tiongson commended her in his review of the film, noting that “Lupita Concio’s direction is both sensible and effective... never becomes monotonous or flat. Sometimes it is enriched with symbol... (but) wherever there is symbol, it is worked in naturally. Not only symbol but blocking are both fresh and stimulating...”
Apart from Minsa’y Isang Gamu-Gamo, she directed 2 other films for Premiere in the same year: Magandang Gabi sa Inyong Lahat and Ibalik Mo ang Araw sa Mundong Makasalanan. She also worked on 3 other movies for other film production companies: Hati Tayo sa Magdamag, Alkitrang Dugo, and Dear Diary. Her most recent work is the 1997 Premiere film Babae.
While she has not worked in the movies in over 2 decades, Aquino-Kashiwahara works with Digna Santiago, the current head of the Philippine Film Export Services Office of the Film Development Council, to attract overseas film producers to shoot movies in Philippine locations.
- Minsa'y Isang Gamu-Gamo (1976)
- Alkitrang Dugo (1976)
- Magandang Gabi Sa Inyong Lahat (1976)
- Hati Tayo Sa Magdamag (1988) (as Lupita A. Kashiwahara)
- Babae (1997)
- Dear Diary
- "Bisperas Ng Kasaysayan" (1994) TV mini-series
- Evelio (as Lupita Kashiwahara)
- “Lupita A. Kashiwara.”  (Accessed March 4, 2009).
- Carballo, Bibsy M. “We Can Learn a Lot from Acclaimed Asian Films.” In The Philippine STAR, February 23, 2008.  (Accessed March 4, 2009).