He started his comedic career as Abe Tugak, which translated from Pampango to Tagalog means "Pareng Palaka.".
Tugak went back to painting, signing his works with his nickname Peck Piñon. Before he was sidetracked by the entertainment industry, he was already painting billboards.
With Pugak, the duo became a hit as a slapstick version of Pugo and Togo, and also came out in films. Both Kapampangans, the tandem was an on-and-off partnership that threatened to split up as early as 1953.