Veteran actress Gina Pareño has added another international recognition to her showbiz career as she bagged her third best actress award for her performance in Kubrador (Bet Collector) at the 26th Amiens International Film Festival in France last November 18.
This victory came less than a week after winning the best actress plum in the Independent International Film Festival in Brussels, Belgium on November 12. She earlier won in Osian Cine Fan Film Festival at New Delhi, India last July.
The 26th Amiens International Film Festival was held from November 10 to 17.
In a text message sent to entertainment columnist Jojo Gabinete on November 20, Gina said: “Nakatsamba uli. I’m so happy and proud to be Pinoy. Super-bigat ng trophy. Say ko, ‘Bon soir tout le monde (good evening everybody), je m’apelle Gina Pareño u Philipin. Merci beaucoup obwa!’
“Talagang kinarir ko [ang speech]. Palakpakan silang lahat. Bale kami lang ni Direk Jeffrey [Jeturian, director of Kubrador] ang Pilipino… Lipad kami ng Greece today. Thank you so much sa walang sawang pagtulong.’”
Gina and Direk Jeffrey are now in Greece for the 27th Thessaloniki International Film Festival where Kubrador is also being exhibited. The actress and director will then fly to Rome for the 7th Rome Asiatic Film Festival.