With her acting debu at the “Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita” movie, the lanky 13-year old newcomer, Teri Malvar, was named Best Actress at the Cine Filipino Film Festival held at the Genting Club of Resorts World Manila.
The lesbian coming-of-age-film “Ang Huling Cha-cha Ni Anita” is about the magic of first love through the eyes of a child, and how a little cha-cha can make a dream come true. The 12-year old Anita falls in love with the new woman in town. Amidst whispers speculating the intentions of this mysterious and beautiful new arrival, a girlhood crush blossoms during yearly traditional fertility dance in Obando, Bulacan, Philippines.
Directed by first-time director Sigrid Andrea, this film also features Angel Aquino, Marcus Madrigal, Star Orjaliza, Gigi Columna, Sarah Pagcaliwagan, and Lui Manansala.
Angel Locsin who played as Pilar, the new woman in town, won the Best Supporting Actress trophy, while the movie also won the Best Acting Ensemble for its cast; and the Best Film honor shared with Nora Aunor’s movie “Ang Kwento ni Mabuti.
Teri Malvar’s victory is a big upset to the heavily favored superstar Nora Aunor who’s the leading actress of the film festival’s top grosser, “Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti”.
“Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti” is a story of a healer named Mabuti, who despite her poverty, still looks at life positively. Everything changes, however, when she finds a bag containing a huge stash of money. In the film, Nora Aunor is cast as a folk healer who takes care of her ailing mother and four grandchildren.
Aunor’s film, “Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti”, won Best Screenplay and Best Director for veteran indie filmmaker Mes De Guzman at the festival. It also shared the honor of winning the Best Film, along with “Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita”.
Four out of the eight feature films in the festival shared the wealth of awards. Here’s the complete list of winners:
Best Films – “Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti” and “Ang Huling Cha-cha ni Anita”
Best Director – Mes De Guzman (“Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti”)
Best Actor – Karl Medina (“The Guerrilla Is A Poet”)
Best Actress – Teri Malvar (“Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita”)
Best Acting Ensemble – The cast of “Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita”
Best Supporting Actor – Bong Cabrera (“The Guerrilla Is A Poet”)
Best Supporting Actress – Angel Aquino (“Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita”)
Best Screenplay – Mes De Guzman (“Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti”)
Best Sound – Mark Laccay (“Puti”)
Best Musical Score – Raffy Magsaysay (“The Guerrilla Is A Poet”)
Best Film Editing – Keith Sicat (“The Guerrilla Is A Poet”)
Best Production Design – Rious Caliso (“Puti”)
Best Cinematography – Roberto Yñiguez (“Puti”)
Best Short Film – “Ligaw” by Pamela Ll. Reyes
2nd Best Short Film – “Logaritmo” by Kimberly M. Ocariza
3rd Best Short Film – “Sangandaan” by Jose Ibarra E. Guballa and Bienvenido Ferrer
Trailer of “Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita”
Trailer of “Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti”