“Thank you for placing your bet on a nameless actor like me,” said actor Christian Bables after he snagged the best actor trophy at the recently concluded 2018 Hanoi International Film Festival in Vietnam. Bables played “Intoy” in “Signal Rock,” a quiet movie about a provincial boy helping his sister, an overseas Filipino worker, win a child custody case by involving their neighbors in a remote coastal community. “Signal Rock,” directed by Chito Roño, is the country’s nominee to the best foreign language film at the 2019 Academy Awards in Hollywood. Bables, 25, is slowly making a name for himself in the indie filmmaking scene with films like Jun Lana’s “Die Beautiful” and this dramatic Roño vehicle. “I will continue to hone my craft so that I can bring to life more sensible characters in the future,” Bables declared. “Stay true to that burning passion inside you,” he told aspiring actors who, like him at some point, were on the verge of giving up on their craft.