Khavn dela Cruz’s “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness” bagged the most number of plums at the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences, Inc. (FAMAS) Awards ceremony held June 10 at The Theatre of Solaire.
These are five awards out of 11 nominations, namely for Best Picture, Best Original Song, Best Original Screenplay by Khavn, Achinette Villlamor, and Jerry Gracio, Best Cinematography by Albert Banzon, and Best Production Design by Marija Vicente, Timmy Harn, and Zeus Bascon.
The epic movie is about eight-year-old Kulas who fled town with his grandfather and their carabao to escape General Smith’s “kill and nurn” order. The kid eventually found an infant in a sea of corpses then together, the two boys struggle to survive the American occupation.
Before FAMAS, the film also won big last year at the fifth QCinema where it premiered. That time, the movie was also hailed Best Picture in the Circle Competition. It bagged the Best Director award for Khavn, Best Actor award for Justine Samson, and Best Supporting Actor award for Pio del Rio.
FAMAS jury head Ricky Lee and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chair Liza Diño also announced Sunday that aside from the Best Picture, they are also giving the Grand Jury Prizes to two outstanding films among the 10 nominees on the category. The recipients were “Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right To Kill)” and “Respeto.”
Other awardees were Allen Dizon as Best Actor for “Bomba” and Agot Isidro as Best Actress for “Changing Partners.”
For the first time, FAMAS gave the Dolphy King of Comedy Award which went to Vice Ganda. Other artists who received special awards were Awra and Julie Anne San Jose as German Moreno Youth Achievement Awardees, Coco Martin as FPJ Memorial Awardee, and Lav Diaz as 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awardee.
Also this year, FAMAS has additional categories namely Short Film and Documentary. The Best Short Film citation went to P.R. Patindol for his film “Hilom,” while the Best Documentary Film is Victor Delotavo Lagaro and Toshihiko Uriu’s “Yield.”
The FAMAS award was established in 1952. It is the oldest existing award-giving body in the country.
The FAMAS ceremony was hosted by Piolo Pascual, Kim Chiu, and Robi Domingo. Also, JC Santos and Max Eigenmann were named Male and Female Face of the night, respectively. Then, the JoshLia couple composed of Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto were recognized as the Light Male celebrity and Female Celebrities of the Night.
Complete list of winners at the 66th FAMAS Awards:
Best Picture – “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness”
Best Director – Arnel Barbarona (“Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right To Kill)”)
Best Actor – Allen Dizon (“Bomba”)
Best Actress – Agot Isidro (“Changing Partners”)
Best Supporting Actress – Odette Khan – “Barboys”
Best Supporting Actor – Mon Confiado – “Mga Gabing Kasinghaba Ng Hair Ko”
Best Production Design –Marija Vicente, Timmy Harn, and Zeus Bascon Balangiga (“Balangiga: Howling Wilderness”)
Best Sound Design – Mikko Quizon, Jason Conanan, Katherine Salinas, and John Perez (“Nervous Translation”)
Best Editing – Victor Delotavo Tagaro (“Yield”)
Best Adapted Screenplay – Vincent de Jesus and Lilit Reyes (“Changing Parners” which was based on the musical play of the same title by Vincent)
Best Original Screenplay – Khavn, Achinette Villlamor, and Jerry Gracio (“Balangiga: Howling Wilderness”)
Best Musical Score – Jay Oliver Durias (“Respeto”)
Best Cinematography – Albert Banzon (“Balangiga: Howling Wilderness”)
Best Original Song – “Katurog Na” by Lolita Carbon; music and lyrics by Khavn (“Balangiga: Howling Wilderness”)
Visual Effects – Iar Arondaing (“Instalado”)
German Moreno Youth Achievement Award – Awra and Julie Anne San Jose
FPJ Memorial Award – Coco Martin
Lifetime Achievement Award – Lav Diaz
First Dolphy King of Comedy Award – Vice Ganda
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