Angeli Bayani beats Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos in Best Actress category of 37th Gawad Urian

(L-R) Junjun Quintana, Angel Aquino, Angeli Bayani, Joel Torre and director Hannah Espia are big winners in the 37th Gawad Urian.


The 37th Gawad Urian once again celebrated the excellence of the Philippine cinema last June 17 at the Dolphy Theater.


Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan, directed by Lav Diaz, took home a total of 4 awards that were carefully selected by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino: Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and the Best Actress award for lead star Angeli Bayani.


Best Actress – Angeli Bayani for Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan. Theater actress Angeli Bayani was speechless at the 37th Gawad Urian awards held at the Dolphy Theater last night, June 17.

“Napakahalaga po sa akin yung manominate lang for Norte, kaya ang una una ko pong pasasalamatan kasunod ng Urian ay si Lav Diaz po. Maraming salamat Luv sa tiwala.”

After a series of umm and ahm’s, Angeli was about to cry when she said, “I would like to share this honor with everyone who was nominated. It is an honor to be nominated along side such honorable actresses, such brilliant actresses, I feel like this is not happening right now.”

Breaking the serious momentum, Angeli joked around and confessed, “Feeling ko kailangan ko magtago kasi baka... mga Noranians, Vilmanians... fan din po ako maniwala kayo.”

Being a theater actress, Angeli also dedicated the award to her fellow thespians, “Ito rin po ay para sa mga kapwa ko artista sa theatro. Kung hindi po dahil sa mga nauna pa sa akin, kung hindi po dahil sa inyo na nag-pave ng way para sa amin, wala po kaming susundan. So maraming salamat sa inyong lahat.”

Angeli bested veteran actresses this year; including Nora Aunor for Ang Kwento ni Mabuti, Vilma Santos for Ekstra, Cherie Gil for Sonata, Agot Isidro for Mga Anino ng Kahapon, Lorna Tolentino for Burgos, among others.

Best Actor – Joel Torre for On The Job (OTJ.) Veteran actor Joel Torre says that he is “very very humbled” for winning an award.

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“Kung bata ka pa, proud. Pero pag nagkaedad ka na, it’s a very humbling experience,” he says in an interview.

During his speech, he added, “Ang hirap makasungkit ng Urian. Maraming maraming salamat Manunuri, thank you very much.”

Joel Torre would also like to dedicate the award to a “very very special person” who is “very very special” to him, the lady who had to live with his “mistress” for 30 years, his wife Christy Azcona.

“For 30 years she stood up with my mistress, which is my career. But until now she’s still here... I love you very much. Para sa 'yo to. Alam ko you like diamonds but this more beautiful and more precious,” he romantically concludes.

Best Direction – Hannah Espia for Transit. A shocked Hannah Espia accepted her award for the movie Transit, which tackles the lives of Filipinos residing in Israel. The young director said, “Thank you God. Thank you Lord for giving me the oppurtunity to direct my first film. Salamat sa mga Manunuri for recognizing my efforts.

“Akala ko noon yung mga Best Director ay yung mga taong very composed and very sure of what they’re doing pero nung aasa Isarael kami shooting with the micro-crew, I was such a mess. So salamat sa aking crew na sumusuporta talaga sa akin.”

Direk Hannah is said to be the third female director to win the coveted award.

Best Supporting Actress – Angel Aquino for Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita. Angel Aquino almost went blank as she goes up on stage, “Akala ko kanina alam ko ang sasabihin ko, ngayon hindi ko na alam.” She then tried to compose herself as she delivered her speech.

“This is my very first Urian award. I'm very overwhelmed because I get too many nominations this year from the Urian, it feels surreal that I was competing against myself. So thank you very much.”

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Angel Aquino was nominated twice for the Best Supporting Actress award, the other being the Cinemalaya entry Porno. She continued, “Gusto ko po magpsasalamat sa mga director na nagtiwala sa akin sa mga roles na hindi ko akalain na maiaalok sa akin o maiisip ng iba na magagawa ko.”

Angel then thanked her directors ni OTJ – Direk Erik Matti, Porno – Direk Adolf Alix Jr., and Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita – Direk Sigrid Andrea Bernardo. She also thanked her family who supported her through it all.

“Nay, I love you, sana alam mo 'yan. And mga anak ko. Thank you for walking this life with me and never giving up on me, and picking me up every time mommy falls.”

Best Supporting Actor – Junjun Quintana for A Philippino Story. Junjun is no longer a newbie in the industry, being an actor for four years. The actor finally reaped the harvest from his hard work.

“First Urian, first award, first acting award po sa tanang buhay ko sa apat na taong pagaarte ko. Gusto ko rin po ibahagi ang parangal na ito sa mga bagong director at aktor na patuloy na pinagbubuti po ang kanilang mga gawain, hindi lamang para makilala o mabigyan ng parangal, kundi higit na pakapagbigay pa ng maraming inspirasyon sa ating lahat at makapagbukas po ng mga kaisipan.”



LIST OF WINNERS. The 37th Gawad Urian awarding ceremony was hosted by Piolo Pascual, Bianca Gonzalez, Ai-Ai de las Alas and Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino member Butch Francisco. The awards night was aired last night on cable channel Cinema One.

Here is the list of winners in the 37th Gawad Urian:

Best Picture
Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (Directed by Lav Diaz)

Best Actress – Angeli Bayani (Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan )
Best Actor – Joel Torre (OTJ)
Best Director – Hannah Espia (Transit)
Best Supporting Actress – Angel Aquino (Ang Huling Chacha ni Anita)
Best Supporting Actor – Junjun Quintana (A Philippino Story)
Best Screenplay – Lav Diaz and Rody Vera (Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)
Best Cinematography – Lauro Rene Manda (Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)
Best Production Design – Adolf Alix Jr. (Porno)
Best Editing – Chuck Gutierrez (Riddles of My Homecoming)
Best Music – Emerson Texon (Sonata)
Best Sound – Corrine de San Jose (OTJ)
Best DocumentaryNanay Mameng (directed by Adjani Arumpac)
Best Short Film - Missing (Directed by Zig Dulay)

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