Cherry Pie Picache's return to indie films became even more special after winning the Best Actress award for her performance in Pauwi Na. This dramedy is an official entry to the 1st To Farm Film Festival.
The ABS-CBN actress received the recognition on Wednesday night, July 20, at the awards night helf at the Rizal Ballroom of Shangri-la Hotel Makati.
Directed by Paolo Villaluna, Pauwi Na revolves around the tragi-comic journey of self-discovery of Mang Pepe (Bembol Roco) and his dysfunctional family including a blind pregnant woman who talks to Jesus Christ as they head back to their hometown province from the slums of Manila using a pedicab.
The film was inspired by Philippine Daily Inquirer's story about a poor family who took months to return to their hometown province in Leyte. In the film, Cherry Pie is cast ss the wife of Mang Pepe.
In her acceptance speech, Cherry Pie thanked festival director Maryo J. Delos Reyes and founder Dr. Milagros Ong-How for opening up a new venue for filmmakers to showcase their craft.
Cheery Pie said, "Kanina tinanong ako kung ano daw ang maganda sa To Farm Film Festival especially it's the first one. Nagpapasalamat kami and I'm sure all of the filmmakers here dahil this is another venue, parang binigyan sila ulit ng pagkakataon and other venue to do films."
Cherry Pie ended her speech thanking her mom, Zenaida Sison, who was killed in 2014.
In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), the 46-year-old actress expressed her delight in winning the Best Actress trophy.
She told PEP, "Siyempre, happy ako since I haven't done a film for the longest time, two years actually, so sobrang masaya."
Cherry Pie dedicated her win to the men and women behind the film Pauwi Na, "I'm very happy kasi mahirap yung pelikula, e, and I'm very happy that the hard work paid off."
She added, "I would like to especially dedicate it my Pauwi Na family. I wouldn't have done it without them, para sa amin itong lahat more than anything."
Her last film Whistleblower, which stars Superstar Nora Aunor and Angelica Panganiban, was shot in 2014 but was just released in cinemas earlier this year. This political thriller was directed by Adolf Alix Jr.
The former On The Wings Of Love actress says she loves portraying challenging characters. She recalled some of the hardest scenes she did in Pauwi Na.
Cherry Pie narrated, "Yung last scene ko at saka yung intimate moments naming mag-asawa. At saka, mahirap yung pelikula gawin. I love the script, brilliant script."
The actress continued, "Si Direk [Paolo Villaluna] has a brilliant vision, yung beautiful mind. The shots that he did wasn't, you know, easy. It was all difficult. But you know, the whole journey was beautiful, especially the family. Pang-kaluluwa talaga [yung tema ng pelikula]."
For her next project, Cherry Pie hopes to portray something different. She noted, "Sana ayoko na ng nanay kasi talagang pikit-mata kaya ko yung nanay, e. Kahit ano pa yan but dito [sa Pauwi Na], I was a mother but you know, it was different. It was written differently and it parang intertwined with the rest of the characters differently that's why it's really interesting."
Towards the end of the interview, the Kapamilya actress revealed that she wants to do a "mature love story."
Cherry Pie told PEP, "I want to do a mature love story, yung mahapdi, yung masakit. Hindi yung tweetums."
Currently, Cherry Pie is preparing for ABS-CBN's upcoming drama The Promise of Forever starring Ritz Azul, Paulo Avelino and Ejay Falcon. It will be directed by Darnel Villaflor and Hannah Espia.