Janine Gutierrez and Elijah Canlas took to social media to express their happiness after they received the top acting awards at the Gawad Urian awards, which were streamed online on Tuesday, November 10.
Janine, who won Best Actress for Babae at Baril, thanked the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino for acknowledging the hard work of the cast and crew behind the movie.
“Maraming maraming salamat sa (Thank you to the ) Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino for acknowledging everything we were trying to achieve with this film for Filipina women,” she wrote on Instagram minutes after the awards were given.
“So honored and humbled and grateful to be part of team #BabaeAtBaril!! Hindi man tayo nakadalo sa New York at Osaka, ibang klaseng karangalan ang mapansin ng ating Gawad Urian.”
(So honored and humbled and grateful to be part of Babae at Baril. We might have not been able to go to New York and Osaka, but it’s a different feeling to be recognized by our own Gawad Urian.)
Janine also tagged the women behind the film, led by director Rae Red.
“Sa bumubuo ng pelikula (To the people behind the movie), I look up to all of you IMMENSELY!!!!!!”
On Twitter, Janine, who comes from the famous Gutierrez family that includes her dad Ramon Christopher and grandfather Eddie Gutierrez, thanked everyone for the messages. “Hindi ko na pinaabot ang isip ko sa posibilidad na mangyari ito dahil lahat ng artistang kasabay ko dito, sobrang hinahangaan ko!! Thank you for all the greetings about #BabaeAtBaril sa Urian. This means everything! Salamat Congratulations, Team Babae!!”
(I didn’t even think I’d win because of the kind of artists I was up against. Thank you for all the greetings about Babae At Baril at Urian.)
Elijah, who won Best Actor for his role in Kalel, 15, said he was at a loss for words upon hearing the news.
“Thank yo sa Manunuri! Thank you and congratulations also Direk Jun! I love you and all of team Kalel,” Elijah said of his director Jun Robles Lana.
“Thank you to my family, to all my friends, all of the fans, and everyone who believed in me even more than I believed in myself.”
In another tweet, the Gameboys star said he was still in shock over the win but hopes that the conversation about HIV continues beyond the movie.
“Can’t believe this just happened! You all don’t know how much this means to me!!! But even more than that, I hope this helps continue the conversation about HIV. Watch out for Kalel, 15. I think there is a chance for everyone to watch it soon!”
The Gawad Urian recognition is the latest for Janine and Elijah. In 2019, Janine won the Best Actress for the same film at the QCinema Film Festival.
In August this year, Elijah won Best Actor for Kalel, 15 at the 17th Asian Film Festival in Rome, Italy. – Rappler.com