Pi­noys Win Big in Malaysia

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Nine Filipino in­die films rep­re­sented the coun­try in the 3rd ASEAN In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Awards 2017 (AIFFA 2017) held from May 4 to 6 in Kuch­ing, Malaysia.

The films, all pro­duced in 2015 and 2016 for Filipino film­fests, were: Im­bis­i­bol by Lawrence Fa­jardo (for Si­nag Maynila 2015); Pur­ga­to­ryo by Der­ick Cabrido (for QCinema 2016); Dagsin by Atom Ma­ga­dia (for Cine­malaya 2016); Pagli­pay by Zig Du­lay (for ToFarm Film Fes­ti­val 2016); Pauwi Na by Paolo Vil­laluna (also for ToFarm 2016); Laut by Louie Ignacio (for Singkuwento In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val 2016); Area, also by Louie Ignacio (for QCinema 2016); Dayang Asu by Bor Ocampo (for Cin­ema One Orig­i­nals 2015); and Ned’s Project by Lem Lorca (for Cine Filipino 2016).

The Malaysian film event, held every other year since 2013, gave the Pi­noy films 18 nom­i­na­tions and six ma­jor awards. The awards were: best direc­tor for Louie Ignacio ( Area), best ac­tress for Martina “Ai-Ai” de­las Alas ( Area), best sup­port­ing ac­tress for Ana Capri ( Laut), best sup­port­ing ac­tor for Ricky Davao ( Dayang Asu), best edit­ing for Lawrence Fa­jardo ( Im­bis­i­bol), and the Spe­cial Honor Award for Lav Diaz ( Ang Babaeng Hu­mayo). Hur­ray for Team Philip­pines!

The AIFFA 2017 #TeamPhilip­pines in­cluded (front row, L-R) pub­li­cist Mell Navarro; Film De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil of the Philip­pines chair­per­son Liza Diño-Seguerra, who re­ceived the award for Ricky Davao; pub­li­cist Pi­lar Ma­teo; Ja­cob Je­suita; (sec­ond row) TV show host Marc Nel­son; Cin­ema One chan­nel head Ron­ald Ar­guelles, who re­ceived the award for Lav Diaz; Area ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Baby F. Go; Nora Aunor, who came to honor this year’s life­time achieve­ment awardee (Malay film­maker Tan Sri Lak­sh­manan Kr­ish­nan); Area direc­tor Louie Ignacio, AIFFA 2017 best direc­tor awardee; TV show host Rovil­son Fer­nan­dez; (last row) ac­tor Onyl Tor­res; Dagsin ac­tor Ben­jamin Alves; Laut pro­ducer Fer­di­nand La­puz; Laut cin­e­matog­ra­pher Rain Yam­son III; and Nora’s es­cort, John Ren­dez. Tro­phies for other awardees who couldn’t make it to AIFFA 2017 were re­ceived on their be­half by other mem­bers of #TeamPhilip­pines.

FAST FOR­WARD. Ricky Davao shows off his AIFFA 2017 best sup­port­ing ac­tor award, which he won for Dayang Asu. The ac­tor-direc­tor, who turned 56 last May 30, was un­able to make it to Malaysia to re­ceive his award. This is Ricky’s sec­ond in­ter­na­tional best s

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