Cristine Reyes personally received the Special Prize for Eva Fonda when she attended the awarding ceremony of the Seoul International Drama Awards. The fourth edition of this event concluded last Friday, September 11, at the Olympic Hall in Seoul, South Korea.
The ABS-CBN star was photographed on the red carpet of the event wearing a metallic brown dress with a high slit.
In her Facebook account, the two-time FHM cover girl wrote that she was billeted at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul. She also mentioned that she is scheduled to conduct a meet-and-greet with her FHM fans at Robinsons Galleria today, September 13, from 6 to 8 pm.
The ABS-CBN star was nominated along with other candidates: Christiane Horbiger, The Visit —Ziegler Film, Germany; Lindsay Duncan, Margaret—BBC Worldwide Limited, UK; Charlotte Frogner, Maria—Rubicon TV, Norway; Geun-young Moon, The Painter of Wind—SBS, Korea; and Shu Chen, Love in a Fallen City—Zhejiang Huace, China.
Cristine's show, Eva Fonda, bagged the Special Prize, beating the following programs: Token—IRIB Media Trade, Iran; Fathers and Sons—TV channel Russia, Russia; Britannia High—ITV Global Entertainment Ltd, UK; Fighting Spiders—MediaCorp TV (S) Pte Ltd, Singapore; and Forbidden Love—Calinos Entertainment, Turkey.
In the official website of the Seoul International Drama Awards, there are other Philippine entries in the Single Drama category. One of them is the Maalaala Mo Kaya episode starring Gina Pareño and Ketchup Eusebio. The English title of the episode is called "Remembering Soil" and is directed by Jeffrey Jeturian.
According to the Seoul International Drama Awards website, the episode is "about a boy that returns to a poor neighborhood in Bicol in order to make his sick mother's wish come true. For him, his hometown bears terrible memory [sic] of extreme poverty and his father's death. An ordinary bus trip unexpectedly brings back nostalgia and he becomes aware of the miniscule but valuable memories of life."
Another nominated entry is May Bukas Pa (translated as There's Still Tomorrow) starring Zaijian Jaranilla. This particular show is described as follows:
"There's Still Tomorrow is a heartwarming story about how Santino and his friend Bro change other people's lives. In the search for his mother, Santino encounters issues that many people face. He shows the viewers that there is hope when you believe there is going to be a tomorrow, even when in the lowest point of life."
A total of 169 soap operas from 37 countries competed in the fourth edition of this awarding ceremony, which was created to "raise the profile of Korean series in the international drama market and to expand cultural exchanges.''