Robin Padilla talks about rejected US visa application in FPJ Memorial Award speech
The Iglesia Ni Cristo-backed biopic of its founder, Felix Manalo, was the big winner at the 64th Famas Awards at the Century Park Hotel in Manila on Sunday. The film was proclaimed Best Picture, while its lead star Dennis Trillo won Best Actor.
Felix Manalo also won Best Director for Joel Lamangan, Best Screenplay for Bienvenido Santiago, and Best Theme Song, “Ang Sugo Ng Diyos Sa Mga Huling Araw.”
Andi Eigenmann was adjudged Best Actress for Angela Markado, and in fact was nominated twice for the said category for the horror Tragic Theater.
Lorna Tolentino and Gabby Concepcion were declared Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, for the movie Crazy Beautiful You.
In his speech, Trillo thanked everyone involved in the production of Felix Manalo, especially Lamangan whom he acknowledged as the person responsible for his Famas statuette, as well as his first ever acting award as Best Supporting Actor in the 30th Metro Manila Film Festival in 2005 for Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita as transgender woman.
Eigenmann, on the other hand, said she did not expect to win and attended the ceremonies as her two movies were prominently nominated in the race. She acknowledged her idol, Vilma Santos as her inspiration, and who was accorded the Presidential Award that evening, but said that her “best actress” will forever be her mom, Jaclyn Jose.
Best Child Performer was JM Ibañez for Crazy Beautiful You. Best New Female Artist was Ysabelle Peach for Angela Markado.
Hosts of the program were Robi Domingo, Jean Garcia, Enchong Dee, Sunshine Dizon, and Piolo Pascual who was named Actor Par Excellence for his own-produced indie movie, Silong. Pascual took time to say he had no idea he was going to be honored by the award giving body that evening. He was only too happy to co-host the awards and was surprised for being recognized.
The rest of the winners are as follows: Best Story, Robby Tantingco for Ari: My Life With A King; Best Production Design, Shari Marie Montiague for You’re My Boss; Best Cinematography, Rain Yamson for Silong; Best Editing, Carlo Francisco Manatad for Ari: My Life With A King; Best Visual Effects, Vincent llagan and Mike Velasquez for Angela Markado; Best Sound, Addiss Tabong, You’re My Boss; and Best Musical Score, Cesar Francis Concio for A Second Chance.
Carlo J. Caparas was honored for two awards—Director Par Excellence and Screenplay Par Excellence for Angela Markado. His son CJ accepted the trophies since the director, best known for his massacre movies in the mid-‘90s, was caught in heavy traffic south of the metro.
Gloria Sevilla was handed the Lifetime Achievement Award, and in her speech, she said that veterans like her should be respected and not be taken for granted, as they’re the pillars of the industry; the stars now would not be where they are if it were not for them.
Movie scribe Jojo Gabinete was this year’s Dr. Jose Perez Memorial Awardee. The Arturo M. Padua Memorial Awardee was Danny Dolor, and his trophy was received for him by First Vice President Alice Reyes.
The German Moreno Memorial Youth Achievement Awards were handed to GMA Network artists Jak Roberto, Sanya Lopez and Gabbi Garcia. The Master Showman, who died in January this year, was given a Posthumous Award.
Other personalities cited were PAO (Public Attorney’s Office) chief Persida Acosta for her special role in the film Angela Markado; EDSA as 2016 Advocay Film; Doc Penpen Takipslim as Father of Visual Poetry; and actor Arnold Reyes, Recognition Award For Outstanding Performance, for his consistent and exceptional versatility.
Meanwhile, Robin Padilla was passionate in his acceptance speech for the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award, as he showed and read the wordings of his absolute pardon and US visa rejection papers. He challenged fellow actors Coco Martin and Dingdong Dantes to continue the legacy the action king left in the industry.
Piolo Pascual and Lorna Tolentino were chosen by a sponsor as the Male and Female Celebrity of the Night, respectively, while the Look of the Night winners were Robi Domingo and Jean Garcia.
Performers included Dulce, Marc Mabasa, Jeremiah and Morisette Amon.
The 64th Famas Annual Awards will be aired on Net25 on Sunday, December 11 at 8 p.m.