STAR CINEMA SWEEPS FAP AWARDS
Manila, April 27, 1999 - GMA Films probably heard the bad news from the grapevine before the Film Academy of the Philippines' 17th Annual Academy Awards started Sunday night, and decided to boycott. The table reserved for GMA Films remained conspicuously vacant throughout the awards night held at the PICC.
Their hunch, or inside info, was right. The much-acclaimed movie José Rizal, failed to win any award. GMA’s staunch competitor, Star Cinema, romped away with most of the major awards.
Best Picture was Star Cinema's Bata, Bata, Paano Ka Ginawa? The film directed by Chito Roño, which tackled women's issues, gave Vilma Santos another Best Actress award.
The movie also won Best Supporting Actress honors for child star Serena Dalrymple. Carlo Aquino was named best supporting actor and Manny Morfe, for best production design.
Birador, another Star Cinema film, bagged the best director and best editing awards for Edgardo Vinarao, best cinematography for Juanito Pereira and best screenplay for Senen Dimaguila.
Rudy Fernandez was named best actor for portraying a struggling policeman in Birador. This is his second award from the Film Academy of the Philippines after Batuigas: Pasukuin si Waway in 1984.
Other awards went to Pusong Mamon, which won the best musical score and best theme song awards for Dennis Garcia, originally of the Hotdogs Band. Best Sound was received by Ramon Reyes for GMA Films' Sa Pusod ng Dagat.
The awards itself had generated controversy when José Rizal's producers, Butch Jimenez and Jimmy Duavit, and two production staffers Rody Lacap and Nonong Buencamino, were considered ineligible to be nominated and therefore ineligible for any award.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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