Joanna Ampil wins as Best Actress for "Ang Larawan" at the 2017 MMFF. Photo by Geo Yusooncho

Joanna Ampil, Derek Ramsay lead MMFF 2017 winners
Maridol Rañoa-Bismark ( - December 28, 2017 - 3:13am
MANILA, Philippines — Musical theater actress Joanna Ampil let the tears of joy flow as she accepted her Best Actress trophy for playing Candida Marasigan in "Ang Larawan." She and fellow award recipients were honored at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Awards night in Kia Theater, Quezon City on Wednesday night.

“I was asking my parents what they wanted for Christmas, and my dad said, ‘Just bring home the trophy,” she explained.

The acclaimed actress, who has been based abroad most of the time because of her various theater projects, humbly declared, “Finally, I’m contributing something to the arts in the Philippines.”

Other artists nominated for Best Actress were Jennylyn Mercado ("All Of You"), Dawn Zulueta ("Meant To Beh") and Erich Gonzales ("Siargao").

For Best Supporting Actress, Jasmine Curtis Smith won for "Siargao." Other nominees were Andrea Torres ("Meant To Beh"), Rachel Alejandro ("Ang Larawan"), Dimples Romana ("Deadma Walking") and Menchu Lauchengco ("Ang Larawan").

Derek Ramsay ("All of You"), on the other hand, dedicated his Best Actor win to his 14-year-old son Austin, who was present that night.

Other nominees for Best Actor were Coco Martin ("Ang Panday"), Jericho Rosales ("Siargao") and Joross Gamboa ("Deadma Walking").

For Best Supporting Actor, the award went to Edgar Allan Guzman ("Deadma Walking"). Other nominees include Robert Arevalo ("Ang Larawan"), Jake Cuenca ("Ang Panday"), Nonie Buencamino ("Ang Larawan") and Sandino Martin ("Ang Larawan").

For Best Director, the nominees were Julius Alfonso ("Deadma Walking"), Loy Arcenas ("Ang Larawan"), Coco Martin ("Ang Panday"), Dan Villegas ("All Of You").
Best Director winner Paul Soriano touched everyone for expressing his admiration for "Ang Larawan," while receiving his trophy for "Siargao." He said the musical/historical/drama film fest entry is "such a beautiful film.”

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FULL LIST: MMFF 2017 winners


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