MANILA, Philippines – Ina Raymundo and Ai-Ai delas Alas were recently named Best Actress at the 39th Oporto International Film Festival in Portugal on March 2.
Both actresses won for their performance in films from the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival last August 2018. Ina was awarded for her role in Kuya Wes, while Ai-Ai won her her role in School Service – a performance which also won her the same award at Cinemalaya.
“I didn’t believe it because it was a Sunday morning and I wake up and see my manager’s message,” Ina said of the win during a Rappler Talk Entertainment interview on Thursday, March 7.
“It was also an answered prayer,” she said, adding that winning an international award was one of the things she listed down during their church’s prayer and fasting at the start of the year.
Meanwhile, Ai-Ai was all gratitude when she posted about the win on her Instagram, thanking the festival, the people who worked with her on the film, her family, and god.
“Nais kong i-share ang award na ito sa king mga co actors sa pelikulang School Service (I would like to share this award with my co-actors in School Service),” she said.
View this post on Instagram MAGANDANG UMAGA AT NAPAKAGANDANG GISING ... una sa lahat maraming salamat sa atung mahal na ina MAMA MARY AND SA ATING BUTIHING AMA LORD MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA NAPAKA GANDANG BLESSINGS NA ITO SA 2019 ... and thank YOU very much FANTASPORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARD ( PORTUGAL).. for the best actress award maraming maraming salamat .. nais kong i share ang award na ito sa aking mga co actors sa pelikulang SCHOOL SERVICE ... sa aking peborit director at ang maswerteng ka tandem ko pag gumagawa kami ng movie DIREK LOUI IGNACIO... salamat ferdie lapuz at dennis evangelista tita baby go forproducing this film BG PRODUCTIONS) at sa aking pamilya at mga anak SANCHO SHAUN SOPHIA ANDREI AND SAILOR--- sa aking pogi ar mabait na asawa GERALD ( mahal ko kayo kaya ko binubuhos ang powers ko para sa inyo hehe).. at sa lahat ng nanood nito at manonood pa ... and also congrats din sa ka tie ko na si ms ina raymundo @inaraymundo95 @direklouieignacio @gerald_sibayan @sanchovito @sophdelasalas @spuppies10 #shaunnicolo @bgproductions_bgp .. TO GOD BE THE GLORY AMEN!!!!! A post shared by AIAI DELAS ALAS (@msaiaidelasalas) on Mar 2, 2019 at 4:06pm PST
At the same time, School Service director Louie Ignacio was awarded the Orient Express Special Jury Award, while Dante Rivero was named Best Actor for his performance in Kung Paano Hinihintay ang Dapithapon. The film's director Carlo Catu also won, taking home the Director’s Week Special Jury Award. – Rappler.com