award-winning Filipinos

Award-Winning Filipinos Lauded by International Award-Giving Bodies

Holly | February 28, 2017

If we’re to talk about awards, then we have to mention the recently concluded 89th Academy Awards ceremony where Emma Stone and Casey Affleck have won the Best Actress and Best Actor awards, respectively—never mind the epic Oscars gaffe.

So what does it mean for an actor to win an award?

Like any other job, getting a recognition for your work is an added feather in your cap. It will boost your résumé as an actor and may give you the right to choose roles according to your liking. Although winning an award does not guarantee you a successful career or financial security, to be recognized for the work you’ve done is still something.

Filipinos are among the most talented people on the planet. We have singers, dancers, and chefs with skills recognized throughout the world. We have talented fellow countrymen who made us proud and showed that we are not left behind in terms of talent. In fact, we have a string of award-winning Filipinos who were recently acclaimed internationally for their acting capability in their respective films. Here are some of them.

Award-Winning Filipinos Recognized Internationally for Their Acting Skills

1. Jaclyn Jose

Jaclyn Jose-Ma Rosa

As a veteran Filipino actress, Jaclyn Jose has numerous local acting awards under her belt. It’s no wonder that she won the Best Actress award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2016 for her role in Ma’ Rosa, a film directed by another one of the most famous award-winning Filipinos in the field of filmmaking, Brillante Mendoza. In the film, she played Ma’ Rosa, a destitute mother who turned to selling drugs to make ends meet.

2. LJ Reyes

LJ Reyes-Anino sa Likod ng Buwan

LJ Reyes is one of the country’s fast-rising stars. At a young age, LJ has become one of the internationally recognized award-winning Filipinos after she bagged the Best Actress award at the 13th Pacific Meridian International Film Festival in Russia for the Jun Lana independent film Anino sa Likod ng Buwan. In the movie, Reyes played Emma, a strong-willed woman torn between two men with opposing political beliefs.

3. John Lloyd Cruz

John Lloyd Cruz

John Lloyd Cruz is one of the youngest award-winning Filipinos in the field of acting in the country. He recently received the Star Asia award during the 15th New York Asian Film Festival. He’s the first actor from Southeast Asia to receive the award.

4. Alessandra De Rossi

Alessandra de Rossi

Alessandra de Rossi has won several acting awards from various local award-giving bodies since 2000. She was hailed Best Actress during the first ASEAN International Film Festival held in Malaysia for the film Sta Nina, which also won in the Best Picture-Drama category.

5. Cherie Gil

Cherie Gil-Mana

One of the country’s most renowned actresses, Cherie Gil was recognized for her role in the film Mana as Sandara, a woman who goes back home from her travels to get her inheritance. She took home from Madrid International Film Festival the Best Actress Award for the foreign language feature category.

6. Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza-Laut

Young actress Barbie Forteza has been in the film industry since she was 12. She has since starred in several programs and recently bagged the Best Actress award at the 36th Fantasporto International Film Festival at Oporto, Portugal, for her role in Laut, a film that depicts the life of a Badjao, an ethnic group in the Philippines.

7. Sid Lucero

Sid Lucero as Toto Estares

Sid Lucero came from a family of actors, so it’s no surprise at all that he got the Best Actor award at the 19th Los Angeles Comedy Festival Awards for his performance in the film Toto, which also bagged the Best Foreign Film award. Lucero plays Toto, a room attendant who wants to fulfill the American dream.

8. Eugene Domingo

Eugene Domingo in Barbers Tales

Eugene Domingo is known as a comedy actress in the local entertainment scene. But in the film Barber’s Tales, she wowed the panels with her performance and won the Best Actress award at the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival in 2013.

9. Cherry Pie Picache

Cherry Pie Picache in Foster Child

Cherry Pie Picache is no stranger when it comes to receiving international recognition as she already got three Best Actress awards. She got two from the Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema in 2007 and Durban International Film Festival in 2008 for her stellar performance in the Foster Child, a film directed by the brilliant filmmaker Brillante Mendoza and another one from the film Summer Heat.

10. Nora Aunor

Nora Aunor in The Flor Contemplacion Story

Nora Aunor is a multi-awarded singer and actress not only in the Philippines but also abroad. She first received a certificate of honor during the 34th Cannes film Festival in France for her film Bona in 1981. The film has been cited as one of the best 100 films in the world by the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, USA, in 1997.

There are a few more movies that Aunor has been awarded for her acting skills. But the most notable among her films that gave her international recognition is The Flor Contemplacion Story, where she plays Flor Contemplacion, a Filipino domestic helper sentenced to death in Singapore. Her role in the film landed her the Best Actress award at the 19th Cairo International Film Festival in Egypt in 1995.


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