At 15 years old, Therese Malvar has already bagged three Best Actress trophies from local and international film festivals.
This feat is commendable considering that she is only on her third year in the entertainment industry!
Therese officially started acting through Sigrid Andrea Bernardo's indie film titled Ang Huling Cha-Cha Ni Anita (2013).
This Cine Filipino entry allowed Therese to win her first Best Actress award and best seasoned actress Nora Aunor, among others.
The awards kept coming in for the young star. In 2015, she was named as Best Actress at the Cinema One Originals Film Festival for her performance in Hamog (2015) directed by Ralston Jover.
Her performance in the said film also impressed foreign festival organizers, making her the youngest recipient of the Silver St. George Award for Best Actress at the 38th Moscow International Film Festival held from June 22 to 30, 2016.
Around this time, Therese made her way to New York City to personally receive her Screen International Rising Star Asia award at the 15th New York Asian Film Festival.
Therese could barely lift her trophies when she tried holding both of them.
Fresh from her visit from the United States, the Hamog star is photographed with her collection of trophies at her press conference held on July 7 at the GMA Network Center in Quezon City.
Photo by Noel Orsal
During her stay in New York, Therese were able to meet and bond with other Filipino actors who attended the renowned film festival.
The Kapuso star met one of her biggest idols, John Lloyd Cruz, who graced the NYAFF to receive his Star Asia Award for his performance in Honor Thy Father.
The award-winning actress recalled, "After po nung screening nung Honor Thy Father, nag-karaoke po kami ni Sid Lucero, Annicka Dolonius. 'Tapos pati po yung festival volunteers and guests po, nag-karaoke po kami."
Therese then recalled how John Lloyd treated her to a Middle-Eastern meal.
She continued, "Nilibre niya po ako ng Halal Guys kasi hindi po ako kumakain nun, e. Kasi wala pong kanin sa New York, e, gustung-gusto ko pong kumain ng kanin. Nagulat nga po ako, ang bait po niya, e."
(Read: John Lloyd Cruz, Therese Malvar receive awards at New York Asian Film Festival)
HAMOG. In her latest film Hamog, Therese faced the challenge of bringing life to a petty criminal/street child named Jinky.
She narrated, "Apat po kami na main characters tapos isa po ako dun sa mga batang hamog. Very unique po yung story ko kasi the story starts nung ninakawan po namin yung isang taxi driver. Pinakita po yung mga modus ng mga batang hamog, yun po, 'tapos ako yung nahuli nung taxi driver.
"So parang nireklamo po ako sa pulis, e, hindi po puwedeng ikulong yung mga bata kasi minor po ako nun. Ang plano po nila i-DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Development] or Girls' Town. E, ayoko po pong mag-Girls' Town at saka wala po akong parental guidance.
"So pinuntahan po niya yung mom ko po which yung mom ko rin po yung nag-act. E, ayaw po ako nung mother ko, kaya ang ginawa nung taxi driver, inampon po ako at ginawang katulong hoping na magbago po ako. 'Tapos dun po nag-start yung unique story. May mangyayari po na mas malala."
To prepare for this role, Therese went on an immersion with her fellow cast members and crew of the film to fully understand what goes on in the lives of street children.
This wasn't the most challenging part for her. The Kapuso talent admitted her slapping scene with theater actress Anna Luna is the hardest thing she did for the film.
The 15-year-old actress recalled, "May isang scene po na na-slap po ako ni Anna Luna kasi yung nasa script po sasampalin. E, gustung-gusto ko po masampal, wala lang po, for experience.
"Kasi nagtanong po si Direk Ralston [Jover] before the take kung puwedeng i-fake yun or if it's okay, kung puwedeng totoo. Sabi ko po gustong-gusto ko po i-try, wala lang po, kasi naku-curious po ako e."
Therese continued, "Pati si Miss Anna Luna, parang na-concern po siya baka [malakasan]. 'Tapos nagulat po siya sa sampal niya, sobrang lakas. Natamaan po ako dito sa tenga. 'Tapos sabi po ni Direk Ralston before take parang binulungan po niya si Miss Anna Luna, sabi niya, 'Tadyakan mo rin…' para mas maging intense yung scene.
"Kasi ang nasa script, sampal lang 'tapos nagulat po ako na tinadyakan din po ako kaya sobra-sobra po yung iyak ko. Pero gusto ko po yung scene, pero nahirapan po ako dun kasi new experience tapos hindi ko po inexpect na sobrang sakit yung sampal."