The Philippines bagged four awards in the recently concluded and the first ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA) 2013 organized in Kuching in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.
Held at the Borneo Convention Center, Filipino actresses Alessandra de Rossi and Anita Linda bagged the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards, respectively,
Bugoy Cariño won the Best Supporting Actor award, while the film “Sta. Niña” by Emmanuel Quindo Palo won the Best Picture-Drama award.
De Rossi and Linda won their awards for “Sta. Niña” while Cariño was conferred his honor for the film “Alagwa,” directed by Ian Loreños.
The Philippines and Malaysia tied with four awards, Indonesia won three, and Singapore one. Brunei, Laos, Myanmar and Hong Kong were also participants in the film fest which ran from March 28 to 30.
“Once again, Filipino artistry in film shone brightly in this festival. With these honors, we have uplifted the profile of the Filipino community here in Malaysia and in the entire ASEAN. I extend to them my warmest congratulations,” Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya said.
“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.
“Sta. Niña,” is about a man who digs up the remains of his 2-year-old daughter in a lahar-filled quarry, and is a film that raises questions about love, guilt, sin and salvation.
“Alagwa” tells a story “film is inspired by a popular urban legend about a child’s disappearance in Chinatown Manila. The film uncovers the dark facets of the underground business of human trafficking in the Philippines.”
“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,” the statement said.
11 Filipino feature films joined over 100 entries by ASEAN artists in the first AIFFA film festival, which include Tyrone Acierto’s “The Grave Bandits,” Whammy Alcazaren’s “Colossal,” Lawrence Fajardo’s “Posas,” Marie Jamora’s “Ang Nawawala,” Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s “Qiyamah,” Vincent Sandoval’s “Aparisyon,” Richard Somes’ “Supremo” and Paul Sta. Ana’s “Oros.”