Barbara Miguel named best actress at this year’s Harlem Film Festival in New York


The 9-year old mother named Krista in the movie “Nuwebe” was adjudged as best actress in the five-day Harlem Film Festival in New York. Barbara Miguel becomes the youngest winner who bagged the much-coveted trophy in the best actress category. Unfortunately, she was not there to receive the trophy.

Directed by Joseph Israel Laban, ”Nuwebe” was created based on real life events of one of Philippines’ youngest mother in the history. Krista was impregnated by her own father; something that is totally considered as taboo in social norms.

“Barbara Miguel was the sole choice among the 200 children who auditioned for the role”, said Jose Israel Laban. “She stood out among the rest. Sadly, she wasn’t there to personally receive her trophy. It would have been so amazing to hear the ‘youngest winner‘ a.k.a. the ‘youngest mother‘ deliver her acceptance speech.”

The rest of the cast of the movie are Jake Cuenca who played as the father, Nadine Samonte as the mother, and Anita Linda as Krista’s grandmother.

This win is Barbara Miguel’s second acting trophy this year.

In April, she was awarded the Best Child Actress Trophy for her performance in the indie fil “Migrante” at the 61st Film Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) awards.

The 10 year-old Barbara Miguel first appeared on the limelight at GMA 7’s teleserye “Munting Heredera” which was aired from May 2011 to February 2012.

You may watch Nuwebe’s trailer below:

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