Aga Muhlach has earned a nomination at the 27th Asian Television Awards for his performance in the TV5 series Suntok sa Buwan.
The Asian Television Awards is a prestigious entertainment, content, and broadcast awards in the Asia Pacific.
On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, the award-giving body released a list of nominees on its official website that included Aga as a nominaee for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
He is the only Filipino vying for the honor, alongside fellow actors from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Aga proudly shared his latest career milestone on October 26, 2022, as he reposted an Instagram post of project8project—the producer of Suntok sa Buwan.
The 53-year-old actor said that the nomination was unexpected.
He wrote in the caption (published as is), "Unbelievable! Only found out last night. Such wonderful news to be nominated for my first ever serye with actors from all over Asia.
"No words, just gratitude. Thank you @project8projects @tv5manila @cignalplay @cignalentertainment Hahahaha [This] was unexpected!
"Maraming salamat! Sorry for posting [pray emoji] nabigla Lang po and nakaka-excite pa rin pala.
"First of firsts, still at this point in time. Thank you, Lord! You never fail to surprise me! Salamat po sa inyong lahat! Love you guys! @geoderic @danvillegas @tonetjadaone @reignannedeguzman and everyone involved sa Suntok sa buwan!
"It could stop with my nomination and I’m the happiest already!! It’s my experience working with our cast, staff and crew ang panalo ko dito! Cheers!
"AaAaaaAaAaHhHhhHHh!! Hindi lang boksingero, nominado pa! Sa Asya!!!," he added.
Aga is competing against seven finalists in the Performance, Best Actor in a Leading Role category.
The other nominees are Rexen Cheng (Taiwan), Rexen Cheng and Joe Ma (Hong Kong), Chanon Santinatornkul (Thailand), Miller Khan (Malaysia), and Adrian Pang and Richie Koh (Singapore).
Suntok sa Buwan features Aga as Jimmy Boy, a retired boxer with stage 3 cancer. His illness deeply affects his son Dos (Elijah Canlas) who is training to become a professional boxer.
Meanwhile, several Filipino talents and shows are nominated for other categories:
Best Leading Male Performance – Digital
Christian Bautista, Still
Best Leading Female Performance – Digital
Gab Pangilinan, Still
Julie Anne San Jose, Still
Best Host / Presenter – Digital
Catriona Gray, Top Class: The Rise to P-Pop Stardom
Best Entertainment Presenter/ Host
K Brosas, Sing Galing
Maine Mendoza, #MaineGoals
Best Original Screenplay
Patrick James Valera, Still
Best Theme Song
"Lakwatsika"- Cignal Entertainment
"Di Na Muli"- Janine Tenoso
"Still"- Matthew Chang
Best Single Digital Programme or Short Film
GINTO: A Hidilyn Diaz Kwentong Jollibee Special (UXS Inc)
Best News Presenter or Anchor
Emma Mary Tiglao, Mata ng Agila Primetime (Eagle Broadcasting Corporation)
Rico Hizon, The Final Word with Rico Hizon (CNN Philippines)
Best Current Affairs Presenter
Alex Santos, Responde Mata ng Mamamayan (Eagle Broadcasting Corporation)
Korina Sanchez, Rated Korina (Brightlight Leisure Productions)
Best Natural History or Wildlife Programme
Verde Island Passage (People’s Television Network)
Best News Programme
The Final Word with Rico Hizon (CNN Philippines)
Best Comedy Programme
Balita One Nan (Cignal TV)
Best General Entertainment Programme
Sing Galing (TV5)
Best Music Programme
Sing Galing SingLebrity Edition (TV5)
Best Infotainment Programme
Rated Korina (Brightlight Leisure Productions)
Best Talk Show
Iskoolmates (People’s Television Network)
Best Lifestyle Programme
#MaineGoals (Cignal TV)
Best Live Sports Coverage
UP vs Ateneo Finals Game 3 UAAP Season 84: Men’s Basketball (Cignal TV)
Best Sports Programme
The Game (Cignal TV)
Best Original Digital Drama Series
Still (PCCW OTT)
Best Original Digital Entertainment Programme
Quiz Mo Ko (KwentoLabs Inc)
Top Class : The Rise to P-Pop Stardom (Cornerstone Entertainment Inc)
Best Branded Content
OneDA SA TV (People’s Television Network)
Best Music Video
Iba’ng Saya ‘Pag Sama-Sama (TV5)
Coke Studio Philippines: Itodo Mo Beat Mo (UXS Inc)
Asian Television Awards is set to hold in-person events on December 1, 2022 at the Aliw Theater in Pasay City, and on December 8, 2022 at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.
The awarding ceremony in the Philippines will be hosted by Enchong Dee, Piolo Pascual, and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray.