MANILA, Philippines – Actor Jake Cuenca won the Best Actor Award at the 2014 International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM), held last October 23 at the Philippine Center Kalayaan Hall in New York.
Jake won for his portrayal in the movie Mulat (international name: Awaken). Diane Ventura, who directed the film, also got the Best Director award for the movie.
On his Twitter account, Jake, who personally accepted the award, expressed his happiness about being recognized.
My first best actor award and I got it here in New York! #dreamscomingtrue— Jake Cuenca (@ijakecuenca) October 24, 2014
He also posted a photo of him and his director Diane on Instagram, with their awards.
“Yup that just happened! To God be the glory this is my first international award and I I just won best actor,” the caption read.
In the film, Jake falls for a mysterious woman (Loren Burgos) with a “strange mental affliction.” His character clashes with Ryan Eigenmann, who portrays the other strong male character in the story.
Jake, who was last seen in the ABS-CBN drama Ikaw Lamang, is currently in New York for an acting course.
Meanwhile, actress Liza Diño won Best Actress for her leading role in In Nomine Matris. The movie, directed by Will Fredo, was also chosen as Best Feature Film in the festival.
This is the second award for Liza in the IFFM. She won the same award in 2011 for the movie Compound.
“Thank you #IFFMNYC for the recognition! Yahoooooo!!!! IN NOMINE MATRIS won Best Film Feature. Sooooooo proud of the whole HUBO CAST and crew esp direk @blindwill Let’s parteeeeeee!!!!” she wrote.
Other Filipino short films featured in the IFFM this year are TNT (directed by Roberto Reyes Ang, starring Perry Escano); Milky Boy (directed by Arnold Arre); Traffic Light / Semaporo (directed by Regis Gabriel De Guia) and Astray (directed by Nerissa Picadizo, starring Angel Aquino).
According to the website, the IFFM “ is committed in showcasing entertaining and diverse films in all genres and scope to equal the diversity of New York.” It is also committed to explore every opportunity to promote those involved in the films. – Rappler.com