The year 2016 was definitely a good year for Philippine cinema. Local talent was recognized in the international film festival scene with Filipinos winning top acting honors one after another.
One of the biggest triumphs is Jaclyn Jose's Best Actress win at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Aside from Jaclyn, other actors who received international recognitions include Paolo Ballesteros, John Lloyd Cruz, and Therese Malvar, among many others.
Here are some Filipino actors and actresses who made headlines for bagging an international acting award:
1. Jaclyn Jose
GMA-7 actress Jaclyn Jose won the Best Actress trophy at the 69th edition of Cannes International Film Festival, making her the first Filipina and Southeast Asian actress to achieve this feat. Jaclyn plays the titular character in this film that revolves around drug-abuse and corruption.
The film festival didn't release the other nominees for the Best Actress category but these included Hollywood A-listers such as Charlize Theron (The Last Face), Marion Cotillard (From The Land of the Moon), Kristen Stewart (Personal Shopper), among many others.
2. Paolo Ballesteros
Eat Bulaga Dabarkads Paolo Ballesteros won his first-ever acting award at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival held last November. Paolo bagged the Best Actor award for his performance in the film Die Beautiful, directed by Jun Lana. In the film, Paolo plays a transgender beauty queen named Trisha Echevarria.
The 34-year-old TV host/actor also bagged the Special Jury Award for Acting at the 21st Kerala International Film Festival held in India.
3. Dennis Trillo
Last September 8, GMA-7 actor Dennis Trillo received the Asian Star Prize at 2016 Seoul International Drama Awards for his performance as Emman in the primetime series My Faithful Husband. This project also starred Dennis's rumored girlfriend Jennylyn Mercado and fellow Kapuso star Mikael Daez.
In his acceptance speech, Dennis thanked the jury for choosing him as the recipient of the award and also noting that "this award will continue to inspire me to hone my craft as a dramatic actor."
4. John Lloyd Cruz
ABS-CBN actor John Lloyd Cruz is the first Filipino and Southeast Asian actor to receive the Star Asia Award at the 15th New York Asian Film Festival held last July at the Film Society Lincoln Center in New York City. The Kapamilya star was cited for his performance in the Metro Manila Film Festival 2015 entry Honor Thy Father. In this movie, John Lloyd was cast as Edgar, a father who resorts to crime to save his family.
5. Therese Malvar
GMA talent Therese "Teri" Malvar received several awards this year. Last July, Teri went to New York City to personally accept Screen International's Rising Asia Award at the 15th New York Asian Film Festival.
Around the same time, she also won the Silver St. George Award for Best Actress at the 38th Moscow International Film Fest which was held from June 23 to 30, for her performance in the indie film Hamog. This makes her the youngest Filipino actress to win an acting award from an A-list film festival.
6. Sid Lucero
Kapuso star Sid Lucero won the Best Actor award at the 19th Los Angeles Comedy Festival held from May 12 to 22, 2016 in California.
The 35-year-old actor bagged the trophy for his performance in the movie Toto, directed by JP Su. The film also won the award for Best Foreign Film.
In this film, Sid plays the lead character Toto, a hotel bellboy who desires to fulfill his parents' dream of going to the U.S.
7. Lotlot de Leon
Last September, actress Lotlot de Leon received a Special Acting Citation at the 2nd All Lights India International Film Festival held at Hyderabad, India.
The 45-year-old actress was cited for her performance in the comedy-drama film 1st Sem, where she playedPrecy, an emotional mother who sends her son to his first semester in college.
The film, directed by Dexter Hemedez and Allan Ibanez, also won the International Competition For Feature Films For Debut Directors category.
8. Barbie Forteza
Kapsuo actress Barbie Forteza won her first international acting award at the 36th Fantasporto International Film Festival held in Portugal. The award was given for her performance in the film Laut directed by Louie Ignacio. The film also received the Special Jury Mention for the Director’s Week section of the festival.
Barbie wasn't able to personally receive her award but she dedicated her triumph to members of the Badjao community.
9. Allen Dizon
Allen Dizon was hailed Best Actor at the 4th Silk Road International Film Festival held in Dublin, Ireland last March.
The Filipino actor received his second acting award from the said film festival for his performance in the film Iadya Kami which also stars Diana Zubiri.
In this film, he plays Father Greg, a diocesan priest whose forbidden love with a young woman named Carla has produced a child.
Allen received another acting recognition for his performance in the film at 13th Salento International Film Festival held in Tricase, Italy last September.
10. Hasmine Killip
Newbie actress Hasmine Killip caught the attention of international critics for her portrayal of a teenage homeless mother in the indie film Pamilya Ordinaryo. In this Cinemalaya 2016 entry, she brought life to Jane, a petty thief who gets her baby stolen by a stranger.
Hasmine won the Best Actress Award in the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia.
She was also named Best Actress at the Hanoi International Film Festival in Vietnam and earned the Special Citation for Performance at the London East Asia Film Festival.