In honor of the late actor Eddie Garcia, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will screen two of his award-winning films for free today.
The Jun Lana-helmed film “Bwakaw” will screen at 2 p.m. following by “ML” of director Benedict Mique at 5 p.m.
CCP said screenings are strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is located outside the Tanghalang Manuel Conde and starts 30 minutes before each screening.
In “Bwakaw,” Eddie starred as a lonely gay man in his ‘70s who cares for a stray dog. The film was first screened as part of the 2012 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival where it formed part of the Director’s Showcase roster.
The film won the Netpac Awards and the Audience Choice during the Cinemalaya competition, while Eddie was awarded Best Actor. The film was also selected as the Filipino entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but did not make the final shortlist.
On the other hand, Eddie played a retired Metrocom Colonel in “ML.” Suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, he believed that he is still living in the days of the Marcos dictatorship. He mistakes a visiting student, played by Tony Labrusca as an activist resisting Marcos’ Martial Law administration, and captures and torture the student, just as he did to activists back in the 1970s.
The film won Eddie a Best Actor trophy at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in 2018, the Gawad Urian Awards and the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Science (FAMAS) Awards this year.
Eddie, 90, passed away on June 20 after being in a comatose state for two weeks. Last June 8, the veteran actor sustained a severe neck fracture due to a bad fall while taping an upcoming TV series.