John Lloyd Cruz, Therese Malvar receive awards at New York Asian Film Festival

John Lloyd Cruz and Therese Malvar both received awards during the 15th New York Asian Film Festival.

ABS-CBN actor John Lloyd Cruz and GMA-7 actress Therese Malvar both received awards at the New York Asian Film Festival.

Sid Lucero and his girlfriend Annicka Dolonius also graced the 15th New York Asian Film Festival by the Film Society Lincoln Center. They were present to grace the screening of their film Apocalypse Child.

John Lloyd is the the first Filipino and Southeast Asian actor to get the Star Asia award from the said award-giving body.

The New York Asian Film Festival described John Lloyd as "the Philippines' biggest star" in its Facebook post.

John Lloyd was recognized for his performance in the Erik Matti film Honor Thy Father.

In this crime drama, he portrayed a father who is forced to resort to crime and violence in order to protect his family because of an investment scam.

John Lloyd recently earned his first Best Actor award from the Gawad Urian for the same film.

Therese, who was previously known as Teri Malvar, recently won the Best Actress award at the Moscow International Film Festival.

The GMA Artist Center star is one of three recipients of the Screen International Rising Star Award in New York. She starred in the drama film Hamog (Haze) directed by Ralston Jover.

Therese, who is now 15 years old, is the youngest Filipino actress to win a Best Actress Award in an A-list film festival.

Aside from Therese, the other actresses who have achieved this feat are: Jaclyn Jose (2015 Cannes Film Festival for Ma’Rosa), Eugene Domingo (2013 Tokyo International Film Festival for Barber's Tales) and Nora Aunor (1995 Cairo International Film Festival for The Flor Contemplacion Story).

At one point during the program, the Pinoy actors were all together onstage.

In fact, it was reported on the official Facebook page of the organizers: "Sid Lucero and Annicka Dolonius crash John Lloyd Cruz's Q&A for HONOR THY FATHER. Cameo appearance by Teri Malvar too! The best Filipino actors are right here at #‎NYAFF2016?"

(L-R) Therese Malvar, John Lloyd Cruz, Sid Lucero, Annicka Dolonius

Of course, they did not miss the opportunity to take a selfie onstage!






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