Nora Aunor Wins Best Actress Award In Cinemalaya 2014Nora Aunor led the winners of the acting awards in the 10th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. She was named best actress for her role in Joel Lamangan's "Hustisya" in the Directors Showcase category.
Eula Valdes was chosen as Best Actress in the New Breed category for "Dagitab" while Robert Arevalo bagged the Best Actor award in the Directors Showcase category for "Hari Ng Tondo." Dante Rivero was named the Best Actor in the New Breed category for "1st Ko Si 3rd."
Mimi Juareza, the presenter of the Best Actress award for Directors Showcase category, called Nora "our National Artist." The crowd gave her a standing ovation as she went up the stage to receive her trophy.
It can be remembered that President Benigno Aquino 3rd snubbed Nora even after her name was recommended as a recipient of the National Artist Award. Mr. Aquino said Nora wouldn't be a proper role model for the youth because of her previous involvement with illegal drugs.
In her citation for the Best Actress award, it was said that Nora won for that category because of her "competent portrayal of a lowly worker in the human trafficking industry seeking to rise from the muck and vice of the criminal underworld."
Nora thanked her fans, the Noranians, who comprised a huge portion of the crowd inside the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
On the other hand, Eula won for her "effective portrayal of a married academic" as a University of the Philippines professor in "Dagitab."
Robert and Dante, however, were not able to attend the awarding ceremony. Robert was cited for his "engaging performance of a self-made man seeking to reconnect with his Tondo roots and find personal redemption and fulfilment there" in "Hari Ng Tondo."
Dante played the husband of Nova Villa in her first leading role for "1st Ko Si 3rd." He was praised for his "touching portrayal of a man in his sixties seeking to come to terms with his wife’s attempts to rekindle a romance with an old flame" in the New Breed category.
"Bwaya" by Francis Xavier Pasion won three awards in the New Breed category while Jose Altarejos’ “Kasal” was named Best Film in the Directors Showcase.
"Bwaya" also won the NETPAC Award for Best Film, Best Cinematography (Neil Daza) and Best Original Music score (Erwin Fajardo).
"Kasal" was cited for its "deeply sensitive and moving depiction of the intricacies of relationships" as it tackles the relationship of a gay couple. It won three other awards: Best Original Music Score (Richard Gonzalez), Best Production Design (Harley Alcasid) and Best Cinematography (Mycko David).
"Asan Si Lolo Me?" by Sari Estrada won as Best Film for the Short Feature category.
Mike Tuviera for "The Janitor" bagged the Best Director award in the Directors Showcase while Giancarlo Abrahan V received it for "Dagitab" in the New Breed category. Kevin Ang Tan is also a recipient of the Best Director award for "Lola" in the Short Feature category.
"The Ordinary Things We Do" by David R. Corpuz won Special Jury Prizes for Short Feature category, as well as "Hari Ng Tondo" by Carlos Siguion-Reyna in the Directors Showcase, and "K'na The Dreamweaver" by Ida Anita del Mundo in the New Breed category.
"Sundalong Kain" by Denise O'Hara and Janice O'Hara got Cinemalaya Audience Choice awards in the New Breed Category. Other winners are "Hustisya" in the Directors Showcase and "Lola" in the Short Feature category.