Emilio Garcia to be honored by NCCA


Emilio Garcia (in photo) will be honored during the Philippine International Arts Festival to be held on February 28. His indie film Selda will be shown at Robinsons Galleria from February 14-15, 2009.



Emilio will be honored by the Ani ng Sining Awards under the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). This honor is given for Emilio's triumph as Best Actor for Selda in the Thessaloniki Film Festival in Greece. The Ani award will be conferred on the actor in time for the Philippine International Arts Festival on February 28. In the said Greek film fest, Emilio shared the Best Actor award with Sid Lucero.

Locally, Emilio bagged several awards last year for his acclaimed performance as an inmate in Paolo Villaluna and Ellen Ramos' Selda (2007). The grandslam actor took home prizes from the Gawad Urian, Gawad Tanglaw and the Star Awards Best Suporting actor Awards, all for Selda.

For 2008, he wowed critics again for his role as a menacing cop in Joel Lamangan's Walang Kawala. He earned the Best Supporting Actor Award, making it his second Gawad Tanglaw award in two consecutive years.

The actor is busy now taping for the television programs Gagambino and Paano Ba Ang Mangarap? for GMA-7. He is set to start work in Paul Sta. Ana's Marino, about the lives of Filipino marines where he is set to star with Ara Mina, Victor Basa, Allen Dizon, Geneva Cruz, among others.

Another project that excites Emilio is Joel Lamangan's Dukot (Desaparecidos), written by Palanca awardee Boni Ilagan. He will be joined by Iza Calzado, Gina Alajar, Robert Arevalo, Allen Dizon and Snooky Serna. In Dukot, Emilio plays a reporter who is fighting for a cause and helping out victims of human rights.

Catch Selda, a film about prison inmates, when it participates in the first Queeriosity film festival in the Philippines. Screenings are scheduled from February 14-15 at Robinsons Galleria.

As for international screenings, Selda will be part of a queer film festival to be held in Melbourne, Australia this March.

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