Sinag Maynila 2016 winners revealed; Elizabeth Oropesa, Alvin Anson win top acting awards

In Sinag Maynila 2016, Elizabeth Oropesa of Mrs. (upper left frame) won the Best Actress trophy while Alvin Anson of Expressway (lower left frame) earned the Best Actor Award. (Right frame) Direk Gino Santos, Janine Gutierrez, and Enchong Dee of Lila accepted the trophies for Best Production Design, Blink Box Office Film and SM People's Choice Award.

Elizabeth Oropesa and Alvin Anson won the top acting awards in the 2nd edition of the Sinag Maynila film festival.

Oropesa earned the Best Actress award for her portrayal of a mother in the film Mrs., which also won Best Picture.

Mrs. won a total of four awards, including Best Cinematography and the Best Director award for Adolfo Alix Jr. 

Alvin Anson was named as Best Actor for portraying a gunman in the action film Expressway.

This was revealed during the awarding ceremony held yesterday, April 24, at the Samsung Hall located at SM Aura Premier.

Aside from Mrs., the other Sinag Maynila entries that competed this year were Dyamper, Expressway, Lila, and T.P.O. (Temporary Protection Order).

(To learn more about the entries, read: PEP Guide to Sinag Maynila 2016)

The films will be screened until April 26 in the following cinemas: SM Megamall, SM Aura Premier, SM North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia, and SM Manila.

In her acceptance speech, Oropesa shared her award with Lotlot de Leon, her co-star in Mrs.

“Maraming salamat po sa…una sa lahat, sa Diyos Ama…tapos sa mga judges…salamat po. Salamat kay Direk Adolf kasi ako yung kinuha niya. Nagkaroon ulit ako ng pagkakataong makatanggap ng award. Sinag Maynila, ang galing niyo. Maraming salamat po sa mga magagandang pelikula.

“Lot, hati tayo dito. Kasi, bilib na bilib din po ako kay Lotlot…dun sa acting niya. Naku, nakalimutan ko po, para sa nanay ko…Ma, trophy po, para sa ’yo uli. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat!”  

Oropesa plays an ageing woman caught into the throes of suppressed loneliness as she struggles to keep her promise of not abandoning the house left to her by her late father as well as unveiling the truth behind her lost son.

”Ito po, kahit hindi kalakihan ang budget namin, doble yung paghihirap kaysa dun sa mga malalaking production, kasi, sinisikap po naming maabot kayo. Kaya po sana, tanghilikin naman ninyo…panoorin naman ninyo yung mga ganitong uring pelikula. Kasi, parang tulong niyo na po sa inyong kapwa Pilipino…para hindi puro foreign movies…foreign films ang pinapanood nating lahat,” she told members of the press prior to the awarding ceremony.

The veteran actress also revealed that she will be part of a new independent film by Arlyn dela Cruz titled Pusit. She also promoted her other profession as a doctor using alternative medicine.


The Whiplash Dancers, all clad in white, gave a rousing opening performance. Andrei Co and Cerah Hernandez were the hosts for the night. Several key people gave short messages like Millie Dizon (VP of SM Retail), Wilson Tieng (Solar Entertainment CEO and the festival’s founder), and festival director Brillante Mendoza. The jury was headed by internationally recognized director Lav Diaz.

Here are the winners of Sinag Maynila 2016:

Short Film 1st Place: Apuhap

Short Film Runners-Up: Ang Kapinunan Kan Mga Alon Sa Danay and The Foreseeing 

Samsung CinePhone 1st Place: 99%

Samsung CinePhone 2nd Place: Litrato ng Nakaraan

Samsung CinePhone 3rd Place: Espayb

Prior to announcing the winners in the main category, the UP Vocal Ensemble (announced as the Diliman Vocal ensemble by Hernandez) gave an intermission number with their quintet performing classics "Ikaw" and "Tagumpay Nating Lahi."

The winners in the full length-category are as follows:

Best Film: Mrs.

Best Actress: Elizabeth Oropesa - Mrs.

Best Actor: Alvin Anson - Expressway

Best Director: Adolf Alix - Mrs.

Best Screenplay: Archie Del Mundo and Joselito "Jay" Altarejos - T.P.O.

Best Cinematography: Albert Banzon - Mrs.

Best Production Design: Marielle Hizon - Lila

Best Editing: Benjamin Tolentino - Expressway

Best Musical Score: Francis De Veyra - Expressway

Best Sound: Drew Millalos - T.P.O.

Blink Box Office Film: Lila

SM People's Choice Award: Lila





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