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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 22, 2018

Our Own Choices For Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor And Actress Among The Recent Pista Ng Pelikulang Pilipino Entries

THE RECENT PISTA ng Pelikulang Pilipino doesn’t have an awards night. FDCP Chair Liza Dino says she wants it to be a celebration, not a competition. But they had a thanksgiving night last Sunday and still gave away some awards, like the critics choice award for “SIgnal Rock”, which is very deserving, and the outstanding actor jury prize for its lead actor, Christian Bables.

The two films made by writer-director Jason Paul Laxamana won the audience choice award: “The Day After Valentine’s” (a film about brokenhearts which is the festival’s topgrosser) and “Bakwit Boys” (an inspiring story of triumph after a calamity about four boys who pursue their dream in music).

If we were to give acting awards, Christian is also our choice for best actor. For best actress, the one most deserving is Bela Padilla for her role of the physically and emotionally scarred heroine of “The Day After Valentine’s”. For best supporting actress, we love Daria Ramirez who stole a lot of scenes in “Signal Rock” as Christian’s mom, and for best supporting actor, Nanding Josef for his performances as Christian’s dad in “Signal Rock” and as the grandpa of the “Bakwit Boys”.

If there’d be an award for best breakthrough performances, our choices are Vance Larena in “Bakwit Boys” and Markus Paterson in “Babaeng Allergic to WiFi”. They both played the elder brother in their respective films.