Angeli Bayani beats Sharon Cuneta, other nominees as Best Actress in Cinemalaya 2017; winners revealed

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Bagahe lead star Angeli Bayani tearfully accepted her Best Actress Award during the awarding ceremony of Cinemalaya 2017 held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Angeli Bayani was named as Best Actress in Cinemalaya 2017 for her entry titled Bagahe

She was able to beat Sharon Cuneta and other stars for the coveted Balanghai award. Sharon was the lead actress of Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha, Angel Aquino topbilled Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig, while Anna Luna was the leading lady in Requited.

Winners of the 13th edition of Cinemalaya were announced earlier tonight, August 13, 2017 during the awards night held at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

With the theme "See The Big Picture," this year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival awarding ceremony kicked off with a creative skit about the challenges of creating an indie film.

Titled "The joys and perils of making an indie film," this production number featured Lou Veloso, Ai-Ai delas Alas and Jaclyn Jose, with the special participation of Tanghalang Sta.Ana and Jerald Napoles who performed the song "Ikaw At Ako."


The full-length feature category screened nine films, namely: Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa (My Teacher Who Doesn’t Know How To Read) by Perry Escaño; Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha (The Family That Doesn't Weep) by Mes de Guzman; Baconaua by Joseph Israel Laban; Bagahe (The Baggage) by Zig Dulay; Nabubulok (The Decaying) by Sonny Calvento; Kiko Boksingero by Thop Nazareno; Requited by Nerissa Picadizo; Respeto by Treb Monteras II; and Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig by Iar Lionel Benjamin Arondaing.

For the first time in Cinemalaya history, there were 12 short films, instead of the usual 10, competing for the grand awards.

The finalists include: Aliens Ata (Maybe Aliens) by Karl Glenn Barit; Bawod (Bent) by TM Malones; Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25 by Carlo Francisco Manatad; Hilom (Still) by P.R. Patindol; Islabodan (Free Men) by Juan Carlo Tarobal; Juana and the Sacred Shores by Antonne Santiago; Lola Loleng (Grandma Loleng) by Jean Cheryl Tagyamon; Manong ng Pa-aling (Man of Pa-Aling) by E del Mundo; Maria by Jaime Habac Jr.; Nakauwi Na by Marvin Cabangunay and Jaynus Olaivar; Nakaw by Arvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo; and Sorry For The Inconvenience by Carl Adrian Chavez.


Here is the list of Cinemalaya 2017 winners:


1. Best Screenplay: Bawod

2. Best Direction:  Manong ng Pa-aling

3. Special Jury Prize: Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25

4. Best Short Film: Hilom

5. NETPAC Prize winner: Aliens Ata


1. Best Sound: Respeto

2. Best Original Music Score: Kiko Boksingero

3. Best Editing: Respeto

4. Best Production Design: Nabubulok

5. Best Cinematography: (tie)



6. Best Screenplay:  Bagahe

7. Best Performance of a Supporting Actor:

Dido Dela Paz for Respeto 

8. Best Performance of a Supporting Actress:

Yayo Aguila for Kiko Boksingero

9. Best Direction:

Joseph Israel Laban for Baconaua

10. Best Performance of an Actor:

Noel Comia Jr. for Kiko Boksingero

11. Best Performance of an Actress:

Angeli Bayani for Bagahe 

12. Special Jury Prize: Baconaua

13. Best Film: Respeto

14. NETPAC Prize winner: Respeto 

C. Audience Choice Award

Short film: Nakauwi Na

Full-length entry: Respeto

Angeli Bayani wins Best Actress in #Cinemalaya2017 for her "convincing portrayal of an OFW" in #Bagahe

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