“Actually, next week na ang alis ko, ako magrerepresent doon!”
Gerald Anderson answered jokingly when PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked him about Nathaniel’s recent nomination at the 2016 New York Festivals.
The ABS-CBN actor immediately took it back by saying, “I wish! Sana.”
It was recently revealed that his teleserye Nathaniel is nominated in the prestigious New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films competition.
The teleserye, which also stars Shaina Magdayao, Marco Masa and Coney Reyes, is competing in the Family Programs category.
The gala night will take place in Las Vegas on April 19, 2016.
(Read: Ilustrado & Nathaniel among 14 PH nominees in New York Festivals)
Gerald could not hide his excitement and pride about this new achievement last Saturday, February 20, at the media conference of his upcoming movie Always Be My Maybe.
“Yung mga ganoong achievements, ganoong recognition, napakalaking bagay.
“Kasi di ba, ang liit-liit natin kumpara sa ibang bansa na nakakapasok doon.
“Pero we’re still recognized for our hard work, our skills, our talent.
“Nakakatuwa lang, Pinoy pride.
“I wish, sana makapunta ako dun, parang Cannes Film Festival, [tapos sasabihin ko], ‘Pinoy po ako and I’m here with you guys!’
“Nakakatuwa na nakapasok tayo.”
In 2013, Gerald went to Cannes, France along with Piolo Pascual for the world premiere of their critically-acclaimed movie, OTJ: On The Job.
The Nathaniel star believes that aside from the performance of his co-actors in the Kapamilya series, he thinks the values taught by the show could be part of the reason why the show earned a nomination.
“Lahat ng artista kasi sobrang galing! [Sina] Tita Coney Reyes, Shaina, lahat kahit si Marco, lahat.
“Parang itong movie namin [Always Be My Maybe], teamwork din kami doon, e.
“And yung values po na nakukuha ng mga bata, ibang-iba talaga.”
He even shared an instance wherein Nathaniel definitely made an impact on children.
“Yung mga nakikita kong bata, kapag nakikita ako sa kalsada, [sinasabi nila], ‘Yung tatay ni Nathaniel, o! Anghel din po ako!’
“[Sasagutin ko naman], ‘Anghel ka, tama!’
“So you know, you give them hope and inspiration and yung ang pinakaimportante doon.”
Nathaniel, which aired from April to September 2015, tells the story of an angel who was sent back to earth to help people.