Daniel Padilla and Glaiza de Castro earned the nod of critics, having clinched top acting honors at the 37th Luna Awards over the weekend.
Padilla won the best actor award for his role as a frustrated musician in the 2018 box-office hit “The Hows Of Us.” Co-starring with his real life girlfriend, Kathryn Bernardo, the film is about couple Primo and George who are in a long-term relationship and are already building and planning their future together. Their love will be put to the test as their relationship faces hurdles – from misunderstandings to different career paths, among others.
Padilla defeated the late Eddie Garcia (“Rainbow’s Sunset”), Dingdong Dantes (“Sid & Aya”), and Christian Bables (“Signal Rock”) for the title.
De Castro, on the other hand, was named best actress for portraying a New People’s Army member in “Liway.”
Based on a true story and set in the waning days of the Marcos administration, “Liway” is told from the point of view of Dakip, a boy living in a prison camp housing both criminals and members of the New People’s Army. Even as conditions in the camp become progressively more difficult, his mother tries her best to shield him from the trauma of a political prisoner’s life and to give him a normal life, telling him stories based on Philippine mythology. One of these stories is about Liway, the gurardian diwata of Mount Kanlaon, a fictionalized version of her own story in the resistance against the Marcos dictatorship.
De Castro went up against Angelica Panganiban (“Exes Baggage”), Ai Ai delas Alas (“School Service”), Anne Curtis (“Sid & Aya”) and Agot Isidro (“Changing Partners”).
Chito S. Roño emerged as best director for “Signal Rock,” while “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral,” starring Paulo Avelino, was named best motion picture.
“Signal Rock” follows a man (Christian Bables) who has to go to strange rock formations on an island to contact his sister. Meanwhile, “Goyo” is a historical epic film about Gregorio del Pilar, who died at the historical Battle of Tirad Pass in the Philippine-American war.
Complete list of winners:
Best Motion Picture
“Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral”
Chito Roño (“Signal Rock”)
Daniel Padilla (“The Hows of Us”)
Glaiza de Castro (“Liway”)
Best Supporting Actor
Arjo Atayde (“Buy Bust”)
Best Supporting Actress
Daria Ramirez (“Signal Rock”)
Zig Dulay and Kip Oebanda (“Liway”)
Neil Daza (“Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus”)
Chuck Gutierrez (“Liway”)
Best Musical Score
Jerrold Tarog (“Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral”)
Best Production Design
Maolen Fadul (“Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus”)
Albert Michael Idioma and Alex Tomboc (“Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral”)
Fernando Poe, Jr. (FPJ) Lifetime Achievement Award
Manuel de Leon Award for Exemplary Achievements
Lamberto Avellana Memorial Award
Director Wenn Deramas
Director Soxie Topacio