IN PHOTOS: Stars at Gawad Urian 2016 awards night

MANILA, Philippines – The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP), a society of film critics, recognized some of the finest work in Filipino cinema this year. On June 22, Wednesday, members of the local film industry gathered at the Kia Theater for the awards ceremony. (FULL LIST: Winners, Gawad Urian 2016)

Check out some photos from the evening:

Parade of winners, prior to the Best Film announcement. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Parade of winners, prior to the Best Film announcement.

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John Lloyd Cruz and LJ Reyes took home the top acting honors for their work in Honor Thy Father and Anino sa Likod ng Buwan, respectively.

John Lloyd, who won for Honor Thy Father and was also nominated for A Second Chance, paid tribute to his castmates and some of the people behind the Erik Matti film in his speech. 

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"Hindi po ako naniniwala sa awards," the actor said. "Pero naniniwala po ako na there’s more in hardwork, patience, perseverance and timing. Maraming salamat ho sa lahat ng Manunuri na bumubuo ng Gawad Urian for this exceptional award. 

(I don’t believe in awards. But I believe that there’s more in hardwork, patience, perseverance and timing. Thank you to all members of the Manunuri of the Gawad Urian for this exceptional award.)

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"This one [Honor Thy Father] gave me the opportunity to be enlightened by my own choices. This film taught me how to better understand and encourage my desires as an actor. This film taught me that it’s okay to be different," he added.

"I also came here tonight as an actor to honor and celebrate my pure love for cinema."

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John Lloyd is coincidentally celebrating his birthday (June 24) soon, and he was even greeted a "Happy Birthday" by Butch Francisco as he went down the stage.

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LJ, who won for Anino sa Likod ng Buwan, said she was still trying to take in the fact she had won an award.

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"Kinalabit lang ako ni Pao [Paolo Contis] kanina eh. 'Ah okay!'" LJ recounted to reporters after the awards ceremony. "Tapos habang naglalakad ako hindi ko alam nangyayari parang naglalakad ako pero parang l ang lahat."

(Pao just touched me a while ako – 'Ah okay!' And then while I was walking towards the stage, I wasn't aware of what was happening. It's like I was walking, but everything was blurry.)

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Brillante Mendoza's Taklub took home the Best Film trophy this year. The award was accepted by Honeylyn Joy Alipio, the film's screenwriter, on behalf of the director.

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Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Bernardo Bernardo and Ana Abad Santos took home the trophies for their respective supporting roles in Imbisibol and Apocalypse Child.

Bernardo Bernardo. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Bernardo Bernardo.

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Ana Abad Santos. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Ana Abad Santos.

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Jerrold Tarog won Best Director for his historical blockbuster film, Heneral Luna. 

Jerrold Tarog. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Jerrold Tarog.

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Romy Vitug, a veteran cinematographer, was honored in this year's awards ceremony with the Natatanging Gawad. He is known for his lens work in films like Mga Bilanggong Birhen, Kapag Langit ang Humatol, and Paradise Inn.

Maricel Soriano, the Diamond Star, presented Vitug's award alongside Bienvenido Lumbera, National Artist for Literature.

 Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler
 Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler
 Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Here are photos of the evening's other winners:

Accepting the Best Short Film award for 'Wawa.' Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Accepting the Best Short Film award for 'Wawa.

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Accepting the Best Documentary Film award for 'The Crescent Rising.' Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Accepting the Best Documentary Film award for 'The Crescent Rising.

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Accepting one of the awards for 'Ari: My Life with a King.' Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Accepting one of the awards for 'Ari: My Life with a King.

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Accepting the Best Production Design trophy for 'Water Lemon.' Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Accepting the Best Production Design trophy for 'Water Lemon.

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Hosts and presenters

Iza Calzado, Zoren Legaspi, and MPP member Butch Francisco were the evening's hosts.

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The different awards were presented by actors such as Gladys Reyes, Martin del Rosario, Anthony Falcon, Luis Alandy, Bernardo Bernardo, Liza Diño, Angeli Bayni, RK Bagatsing, Tessie Tomas, Ana Abad Santos, Lou Veloso, Tirso Cruz III, and Allen Dizon – all alongside members of the MPP.

 Martin del Rosario, Gladys Reyes, and Benilda S. Santos (MPP). Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Anthony Falcon, Luis Alandy, Miguel Q. Rapatan (MPP). Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Anthony Falcon, Luis Alandy, Miguel Q. Rapatan (MPP).

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RK Bagatsing, Angeli Bayani, and Tito Genova Valiente (MPP). Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

RK Bagatsing, Angeli Bayani, and Tito Genova Valiente (MPP).

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Tessie Tomas and Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Tessie Tomas and Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson.

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Lou Veloso, Ana Abad Santos, and Nicanor Tiongson (MPP). Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Lou Veloso, Ana Abad Santos, and Nicanor Tiongson (MPP).

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Tirso Cruz III, Mylene Dizon, and Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson (MPP).

Tirso Cruz III, Mylene Dizon, and Dr. Nicanor G. Tiongson (MPP).

Allen Dizon, Eula Valdez, and Grace Javier Alfonso (MPP). Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Allen Dizon, Eula Valdez, and Grace Javier Alfonso (MPP).

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Performances 

Morissette Amon and Jona Viray opened the festivities with a powerful rendition of Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life."  

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler
Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Midway through the ceremony, Daryl Ong and Sheryn Regis entertained the crowd with a ballad, "Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan."

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler
Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Red carpet

Stars were dressed up to the nines as they walked the red carpet at the Kia Theater foyer. Here are the ones we spotted:

Eula Valdez. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Eula Valdez.

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Liza Diu00f1o. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Liza Diu00f1o.

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Martin del Rosario. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Martin del Rosario.

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Gladys Reyes. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Gladys Reyes.

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Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

– with reports from Alexa Villano and Paolo Abad/Rappler.com