Ang pormal na pagkakaloob kay John Arcilla ng Volpi Cup for Best Actor, na napanalunan niya sa 78th Venice Film Festival noong September 11, 2021, ang pinakamahalagang bahagi ng Philippine premiere ng On The Job: The Missing 8.
Ginanap ang premiere sa Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) ng Cultural Center of the Philippines kahapon, February 18, 2022.
Nanalo si John para sa kanyang mahusay na pagganap sa karakter ng corrupt journalist na si Sisoy Salas, pero hindi niya personal na natanggap ang Volpi Cup dahil hindi siya nakadalo sa 78th Venice Film Festival.
Si Marco Clemente, ang Ambassador to the Philippines of the Italian Republic, ang personal na nag-abot kay John ng Volpi Cup.
Ayon sa kanya, isang pribilehiyo na siya ang naging kinatawan ng Italy sa pagbibigay ng parangal sa nagwaging Filipino actor.
“Copa Volpi is practically another Oscar. It’s important to know how prestigious this award,” sabi ni Clemente.
Ambassador Marco Clemente presents the Volpi Cup to John Arcilla
Isa-isang binanggit ng Italian ambassador ang pangalan ng mga aktor na nanalo rin ng Volpi Cup at kaliga na ngayon ni John — sina James Stewart, Burt Lancaster, Albert Finney, Marcelo Mastroianni, Jack Lemmon, Liam Neeson, Sean Penn, Gerard Depardieu, Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, Colin Firth, at Willem Dafoe.
“Well done. Bravissimo,” pagbati ni Clemente kay John.
Nagulat ang aktor dahil hindi niya inaasahang isang malaking pagtitipon ang Philippine premiere ng On The Job: The Missing 8.
Bahagi ng acceptance speech ni John: “I never expected it to be this big. I thought it was just going to be a simple handover. Now, the biggest question is we saw the film, what are we going to do now?
“When I was a young boy, I’d been watching films about corruption and crimes and now that I’m older, it’s still happening around me even to the nearest person I know.
“So, what’s happening to us? What’s happening to us?”
Pinasalamatan ni John sina Dondon Monteverde at Erik Matti, ang mga producer ng On The Job: The Missing 8.
Inialay rin ni John ang kanyang Volpi Cup sa mga mahal niya sa buhay na pumanaw noong nakaraang taon dahil sa COVID-19.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank Dondon Monteverde and Erik Matti. There will be no On the Job 2: The Missing 8 if not for these two great guys because they’re not just filmmakers but they have visions for the Philippine film industry.
“And of course, I would like to commend and congratulate the artistic team, the production team, especially Stacey Bascon. And it may sound cliché, it may seem, but I would like to thank the crew because they sticked around.
“Imagine, we mounted the film for three years and they stayed together with the vision of Erik Matti."
Pagpapatuloy niya, “I also would like to dedicate this award to my family who actually left us within this pandemic — my father Dominador Gil Arcilla; and Emmanuel Arcilla, whose diabetes was aggravated by COVID-19; and my youngest sister Teresa Arcilla whose heart ailment recurred without our knowledge also due to COVID-19.
“I would like you, the whole world, to hear their names because they’re my family and they have the biggest part in my journey as an actor. I was able to express my art and my life interpretation because I grew up with them.”
Tumanggap din si John ng kumpletong volume ng encyclopedia ng Philippine Art at Certificate of Recognition mula sa Cultural Center of the Philippines na nilagdaan ni CCP President Arsenio Lizaso at CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado dahil sa karangalang dinala niya sa ating bansa nang manalo siya bilang pinakamahusay na aktor sa 78th Venice Film Festival.
Nakasulat sa Certificate of Recognition na ipinagkaloob kay John ng mga opisyal ng CCP: “For his historic and unprecedented winning of the Volpi Cup as best actor in the 78th Venice International Film Festival as Sisoy Salas in director Erik Matti’s On the Job: The Missing 8 and for bringing honor, glory and pride to the Filipino people and the Philippine.”