"Hey guys. Thank you for the support. I'm flying to NY for our flag," these were Sid Lucero's words in his Twitter account when he left the country on November 19, 2010.
Sid flew to New York to attend the 38th International Emmy Awards where he was one of four nominees under the category of Best Performance by an Actor.
The gala night took place Monday (November 22, U.S. time) at the Mercury Ballroom of the New York Hilton Hotel. Around 1,000 entertainment professionals and media executives were present during the gala hosted by former Beverly Hills 90210 star Jason Priestly.
Sid's portrayal of the antagonist, Red Ramirez, in ABS-CBN's teleserye Dahil May Isang Ikaw, made him the first Filipino actor to be nominated in this prestigious event.
Even though he lost to British actor Bob Hoskins for The Street, Sid received a gold medal from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS), the organizers of this annual event.
Moreover, Sid has always been a source of pride for Pinoys who recognize his genuine talents as an actor.
ABS-CBN's Dahil May Isang Ikaw, meantime, was one of three entries nominated for the Best Telenovela category.
Directed by Jerry Lopez-Sineneng and Richie del Carmen, the Filipino show lost to the telenovela from Portugal, My Love.
Although these entries did not bring home the golden statue, being nominated is considered a feat in itself because of the rigorous selection process of the international award-giving body.
According to the official website of the IATAS, the nominations this year came from 15 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Over 700 judges from 50 different countries participated in the three rounds of judging that took place over a period of six months.
PROUD PINOY. When Sid was interviewed by ABS-CBN North America News Bureau prior to the ceremony, he said:
"To tell you the truth, I'm not here as Timmy Eigenmann. I'm not here as Sid Lucero. I'm here as a Filipino. I'm here carrying our flag. I'm here carrying it as high as possible, as proud as can be."
On the night of the awarding, Sid shared a photo of Simon Cowell in his Twitter account, "Just shook this guy's hand."
Simon, best known as a former judge of popular talent search American Idol, was honored with a special award that night.
Sid is the son of actor Mark Gil and former model and part-time actress Bing Pimentel.
Newscorp Chairman & CEO, Rupert Murdoch personally presented the International Emmy Founders Award to the British music executive and TV producer.
Last year, three nominees from the Philippines competed in the 37th International Emmy Awards.
Lobo star Angel Locsin was nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress category; while ABS-CBN's Kahit Isang Saglit and GMA-7's Magdusa Ka were nominated in the Best Telenovela category. They also failed to win in their respective categories.