Though it’s been a year since Christian Bables starred in “Signal Rock,” his first-rate performance continues to conquer different film festivals, winning two awards this month.
The 26-year-old actor bagged the Best Actor award at the 6th Urduja Film Festival in Pangasinan; and the Bright Star Award at the Asian Pop-Up Cinema in Chicago, United States.
Last year, the Pista Ng Pelikula entry landed Christian his first Best Actor award, then the equivalent plum at the 5th Hanoi International Film Festival.
In an interview, Christian admitted feeling overwhelmed by it all. He is revved up to do even more projects that tell relevant stories.
The actor recalled time spent at the Asian Pop-Up Cinema.
“I went there without any expectations. I actually thought it was just a simple awarding. I expected to receive a certificate but I was wrong. It was a big gathering, a three-day event just for me!” he shared. “Ako lang ‘yung highlight nu’ng event, ganu’n siya kalaki!”
The first day was assigned to repeated screenings of “Signal Rock,” then came interviews with the Hollywood press the next day, and finally, the day of the awarding.
“It’s an awards night made just for me,” he noted. “Ako lang, walang ibang artists. Different events for the director, ganu’n.”
Christian is so thankful for this turn in his career that he sometimes asks himself what he has done to deserve this.
“Hindi ko alam anong nakita nila, anong nagawa ko du’n sa film, sa ‘Signal Rock’ para bigyan nila ako ng ganitong recognition,” he said. “Ninamnam ko na lang kasi minsan lang ‘to mangyari. Hindi lagi na mare-recognize tayo ng ibang bansa.”
The actor added: “I’m very thankful habang nangyayari ‘yung tatlong araw na ‘yun. Parang napapapikit na lang ako—ang drama, no? Pero totoo, napapapikit na lang ako na ‘Grabe ano ba ‘tong nangyayari sa akin. Sobrang lakas ko naman sayo, God.’ Ang galing!”
The official website of Asian Pop-Up Cinema has a section dedicated to Christian.
“We were so proud to celebrate Christian Bables’s excellent performance as ‘Intoy’ in the Filipino director Chito S. Rono’s latest film ‘Signal Rock’ with our ADG BRIGHT STAR AWARD. ‘Signal Rock’ is a film that urges everybody do not forget to look back’ as Christian rightly said at the Q&A.” a section on the site read.
Still, Christian said continuously striving to become better actor will always be his fire.
“I’m thankful that I was recognized but it would never define me as an actor. Tropeo lang ito, hindi ito ang batayan. Ang batayan ay good character pa rin. Ang batayan ay kung papaano mo husayan ang iyong craft, husayan ang sarili mo with your co-actors. Paano ka makitungo sa mga tao, ‘yun pa rin ‘yun.
“Acting is a lifestyle of learning. Kahit na sino, kahit hindi actor, ay dapat hindi tumigil sa pag-aaral. Dapat laging bukas na matuto.”
Of course, Christian comes fresh from the box-office success of “Panti Sisters.”
“Nakakatuwa na tinanggap ng Filipino audience and maybe the foreign audience ang pelikula namin. Thank you very much but more than anything else, I am ecstatic because we were able to relay the message of the movie. Likewise, we become proud allies of the LGBT community.
“Personally, this is my way of giving back because ang laki ng utang na loob ko sa LGBT community. If not for my role as Barbs in ‘Die Beautiful,’ I wouldn’t be here. Hindi mabubukas ang pintuan ng mga pangarap ko. Ang mapapangako ko ay hindi ako magsasawa at mapapagod na gumawa ng mga makabuluhang istorya para sa LGBT community.”
Asked where he thinks he is now in terms of his career, Christian humbly said he has no idea.
“Naku, hindi ko po alam, sorry. Wala akong idea kung nasaan ako basta ang alam ko, may mga projects akong paparating. Pero kung nasaan ako sa industriya, wala akong idea. I guess hindi ako ang makakapagsabi niyan,” he said.
The actor is set to do three films, a teleserye, and a stage play. Christian will star in the Tanghalang Pilipino play “Balate” this November. Then, for the first time, he is among lead actors on teleserye co-starring Bea Alonzo, Rafael Rosell, and Jameson Blake. As for the movies, he said he cannot disclose any information about it yet.