Even if nothing has come out of the “Copy Cat” issue, premiere actress Cherie Gil—who demanded for her famous line in Bituing Walang Ningning to be stricken off the musical adaptation—proved she is ever a winner all the way in Madrid Spain.
On July 12, Gil took home the Best Lead Actress in a Foreign Language Film Award from the 2015 Madrid International Film Festival for her role in Mana, which also won Best Feature Film.
Mana was directed by Gabriel Fernandez and commissioned by the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde. It tells the story of a family in Negros confronted by issues of inheritance and a dark past while the matriarch lies on her deathbed.
The award-winning actress shared the news on her Facebook page.
“Happy!!!! And proud! Thank you so much MADRID international film festival! Ralphie!!!! We done it! Again!! Gabriel Fernandez thank you so much for this GIFT of a film. And of course to La SALLE St Benilde and to all the students who were part of #mana! We will always have Madrid !!” she wrote.
Gil and director Fernandez traveled to Madrid for the awards, which proved to be worth the trip in more ways than one.
In “Ralphie!!! We done it!,” Gil was remembering her late brother Mark Gil with whom she appeared in Mana. Mark passed away September 2014 from liver cancer.