Rustom Padilla and Mark Gil were honored by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino as Best Actors of 2006. The awards show was held last night, September 13, at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater in Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.
Rustom was honored for his work as Ada in the film ZsaZsa Zaturnnah: Ze Moveeh. This is his first major award.
Meanwhile, this is the second Gawad Urian trophy for Mark. His first Urian came in 1982 for Palipat-lipat, Papalit-palit. This year, he was honored for his work as a disillusioned tabloid reporter in the independent film, Rotonda.
Mark was also up against his son Sid Lucero, who was nominated for Donsol.
"I remember when I last won in 1983. That was the year when my son Sid was born. And, he was my good luck charm then. And, after twenty-four years, here he is also, contending together for the best award," Mark said in his acceptance speech.
It was an emotional moment for Rustom as his brother, Robin Padilla, was the one who handed him the trophy. Rustom gave Robin a long embrace before both winners spoke to thank the Manunuri. Robin won last year's Urian for his work in La Visa Loca.
Rustom recounted that he used to watch this awards show when he was young and actors like Vilma Santos and Christopher de Leon were winning these awards.
"Maliit pa lang po ako at pinangarap ko na po noon na magkaroon ng ganitong klaseng awards. Dahil iba po yung kritiko yung nagbibigay sa iyo ng parangal, dahil nakikita nila yung puso ng pagkakagawa mo at pagkakalahad mo ng iyong karakter na naayon doon sa script," Rustom said in his speech.
Rustom also thanked Robin. "‘Tol, maraming salamat... Sabi ko nang pinanood ko yung La Visa Loca, sabi ko mananalo ka ng award. Little did I know that after one year ay siya mismo ang magbibigay ng award, na kailanman ay hindi ko inisip na mapapanalunan ko."
Veteran actress Gina Pareño led the awards for Kubrador with her win in the Best Actress category. She was already honored at the Golden Screen Awards earlier this year, as well as receiving numerous citations from international film festivals.
"Apat na dekada bago ko napanalunan ang tropeo ng Gawad Urian. Sa wakas, nagkaroon din ako ng pag-aari na ganito... Napakasarap na nandito ako sa Pilipinas. Nanalo ako sa bayan ko," she said in her speech.
Kubrador won in five out of the ten categories it was nominated. It won Best Picture for MLR Films as well as Best Director for Jeffrey Jeturian. It also took home Best Production Design for Leo Abaya and Best Cinematography for Roberto ‘Boy' Yñiguez.
A surprise winner was model-turned-actor Rafael Rosell for Best Supporting Actor in Rome and Juliet. He bested a couple of veteran actors in his field, including Allan Paule and Epy Quizon.
Rome and Juliet also won for Best Screenplay.
Absent from the program was Meryll Soriano, who won Best Supporting Actress for Rotonda. Her uncle, actor Mel Martinez, received the award in her behalf. Meryll had just given birth to her son Elijah.
Other Gawad Urian winners: Best Sound, Tulad ng Dati; Best Music, ZsaZsa Zaturnnah; and Best Editing to Todo Todo Teros. Best Short Film was awarded to Putot by Jhek Cogama.
Marichu "Manay Ichu" Maceda received the Natatanging Gawad Urian for film achievement. She was behind the establishment of the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) in the ‘80s. The guilds covering the different aspects of the profession now form the FAP.
The 30th Gawad Urian was hosted by Regine Velasquez and Janno Gibbs.