EDDIE, GLORIA WIN TOP URIAN AWARDS
Quezon City, March 26, 2001 - Veteran actor Eddie Garcia and actress Gloria Romero bagged their very first Gawad Urian award for best lead actor and best lead actress Saturday night at the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino's (MPP) 24th Gawad Urian awards at the University of the Philippines Theater in Quezon City.
"In all my years in show business, I have been named the best actor in all other award-giving bodies but this is the first for me from Urian and the Manunuri," Garcia said after receiving his trophy for best actor for the movie "Death Row."
"I've always wondered why I've not yet won an Urian but now I know. Because it is only now that a movie of mine was able to meet the Mununuri standards and all these time I have been involved with doing commercialized films," Garcia said.
Romero, who won for her performance in "Tanging Yaman," was in a tight race for the lead actress award with seven-time Urian best actress awardee Vilma Santos. "This is my first time to receive an award from the Manunuri and I would like to share this especially to Ms. Vilma Santos who I think deserves this as much."
Other major awards were given to Regal Film's "Tuhog" for best picture; Laurice Guillen, best director for "Tanging Yaman"; Monique Wilson, best supporting actress for "Laro sa Baga," and Jeffrey Quizon, best supporting actor for "Markova."
In her acceptance speech, Guillen pointed out how Filipino directors should take her winning as an inspiration to do better films.
"I hope that this will serve as a challenge to my fellow filmmakers to make better films. Films are not only a mirror of the society but it also must be a tool for the uplifting for the general public," Guillen said, referring to the issue on suppression of freedom of expression that the movie industry is now facing.
The Urian has been known for the past years to be the only award that exempts itself from predictability and this year the surprise feat that most did not predict was the winning of "Tuhog." "Tuhog" was a non-commercialized film that many thought to be a mere bold flick until it garnered rave reviews last month after it was permitted its regular screening.
The movie was megged by upcoming director Jeffrey Jeturian who was also nominated for the best director category.
Urian's sidetrack was the honoring of films, directors, and performances for the past decade via the Gawad ng Dekada. This segment pulled out acting recognitions for Richard Gomez, Vilma Santos, and Nora Aunor. Other Urian trophies went to Jess Navarro and Kelly Cruz for Best Editing, "Death Row"; Jay Durias for Best Musical Score, "Tuhog"; Best Cinematography for Boy Yniguez, Shayne Clemente and Sherman So, "Tuhog"; and Best Production Design for Mike Guison, "Laro sa Baga."
The 24th Urian was hosted by Rosanna Roces, Richard Gomez, Rustom Padilla, Dingdong Dantes and Diether Ocampo.
This year's crop of film critics comprising the Manunuri were MPP President Agustin Sotto, Grace Javier Alfonso, Butch Francisco, Mario Heranando, Bienvenido Lumbera, Ellen Paglinauan, Miguel Rapatan, Nicanor Tiongson, Rolando Tolentino, and Lito Zulueta.
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