Filipino Talents Shine in ASEAN Film Festival
Misses De Rossi and Linda were honored for their performance in Emmanuel Quindo Palo’s Sta. Niña, while Mr. Carino took home the prize for the Ian Dean Loreños’-directed Alagwa.
Malaysian director U-wei Haji Saari was given a Special Honour award, while Malaysian-born Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh was bestowed the AIFFA Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Here in Malaysia, the Philippines and Filipino actors are well-admired because of their talent and charisma. Malaysian channels have bought rights to and screen Filipino soap operas here, which are actively watched and enjoyed by audiences here. In fact, some Filipino actors enjoy a huge following in this country,” the Ambassador added.
A student’s short film, Juan Paulo Reyes’ “Ode to Home,” was also screened.
Filipinos also played vital roles during the awards ceremonies, with actors Alfred Vargas and Dominic Roco presenting the awards and Miss Saigon star Ima Castro performing in one of the intermission numbers.
The AIFFA 2013 aims to draw attention to and raise the profile of ASEAN films. The festival hopes to contribute towards the development of films within ASEAN, providing an avenue for its filmmakers to showcase their work to a global audience and most importantly, have these films recognised on an international scale.
02 April 2013