Lea Salonga predicts Paulo Avelino "will be one of the greatest actors of your generation."

IMAGE Instagram account of Lea Salonga and website of Ang Larawan

Lea Salonga—who has won top acting awards at West End (London) and Broadway (New York)—compliments the film Ang Larawan, as well as its actors Paulo Avelino and Joanna Ampil.


Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 Best Picture Ang Larawan received one of the best compliments ever, and it came from no less than Broadway star and Tony award-winning performer Lea Salonga.

In a tweet dated December 29, Lea shared via her Twitter handle @MsLeaSalonga that after finding a “totally legit reviewer link,” she finally got to see the multi-awarded MMFF 2017 film entry, Ang Larawan.

Lea is currently on Broadway for a revival of Once on This Island.

Her reaction to Ang Larawan? “What a feast for the senses and the soul!”

Ang Larawan bagged a total of six awards at the MMFF Awards Night last December 27: Best Picture, Best Actress (for Joanna Ampil), a Special Jury (Posthumous) Award for Nick Joaquin, the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award, Best Musical Score (for Ryan Cayabyab), and Best Production Design.

In particular, Lea raved about Paulo Avelino’s performance, saying: “If you’re a fan of #PauloAvelino, I urge you to watch his stellar performance in #AngLarawan. He doesn’t sing as well as the others, but his acting! He will be one of the greatest as he continues to grow!!! Congrats!!!”

Tagging Paulo’s Twitter handle @mepauloavelino, Lea sent her congratulations to the actor as well.

“Hello, Paulo, allow me please to wish you CONGRATULATIONS on your achievement in #AngLarawan. Your work was absolutely riveting to watch. Without a doubt, you will be one of the greatest actors of your generation.”

Lea ended the note with, “From your fan, Lea Salonga.”

In response to other Twitter users, Lea continued to explain what made Paulo’s performance memorable.

“I mean, his acting skills are beyond what I would ever expect from an actor his age. He’s not a singer, but he is an exceptional actor.”

“Here’s the thing. He knows how to blur the line between good and bad, black and white, taking advantage of all those shades of gray. It’s incredible to watch.”
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Thanks to Ang Larawan, Lea says, “Yes!!! My faith in humanity has returned!!!”


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