‘El Presidente’ sweeps 61st Famas awards


THIS IS Jaclyn Jose’s first win in the country’s oldest movie awards photo: JUDE BAUTISTA / CONTRIBUTOR

“El Presidente,” a biopic on first Philippine president Emilio Aguinaldo, won 14 of 18 major awards, including the highly coveted best picture, during Sunday’s 61st Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (Famas) awards ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo’s AFP Theater in Quezon City.

The film also bagged the best actor honor for Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito, who played Aguinaldo; best supporting actor trophy for Cesar Montano, for his portrayal of revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio; and best director and screenplay awards for director-writer Mark Meily, among others.

Angel Locsin, dressed in a royal blue halter dress by Rajo Laurel, accepted her best actress trophy for Ruel S. Bayani’s “One More Try.” Locsin, who turned 28 Tuesday, considered the award “an early birthday gift.”

Jaclyn Jose was named best supporting actress for her role as a caring but stern mother in Nuel Naval’s “A Secret Affair.” Barbara Miguel was chosen best child actress (in Joel Lamangan’s “Migrante”) while best child actor went to Miguel Vergara (“One More Try”).


Other awards

The other major awards won by “El Presidente” were: best story, special effects, visual effects, cinematography (Carlo Mendoza), production design (Danny Red and Joel Bilbao), musical score (Jessie Lasaten), editing (Jason Capahay and Ryan Orduña), sound (Albert Michael Idioma and Addiss Tabong) and theme song (“Aking Inang Bayan,” composed by Marizen Soriano, arranged by Jessie Lasaten and performed by Pagsanjan Mayor Maita Ejercito).

“When we do something good in the movies, we always say ‘pang-Famas ’yan!’ To have won a Famas award was a dream come true. I’ve always imagined delivering a speech during a Famas ceremony. I finally did it last night,” Meily told Inquirer on Monday.

Meily admitted to feeling depressed after “El Presidente” received negative comments, specifically on Bonifacio’s depiction as a villain, when it was shown during the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) in December.

US screenings

“I stopped attending award shows after that incident at the MMFF. Our producer Maylyn Enriquez just convinced me to go to this one (Famas). I’m glad I did,” he said.

Meily announced that “El Presidente” (by Scenema Concept) was to be screened on June 12 in four cities in the United States—Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles—to commemorate Philippine Independence Day. Special screenings in Filipino communities in other countries were still being finalized, he added.

The event was well-attended with only Montano (currently in Singapore) and Nora Aunor (who was shooting a film in Nueva Vizcaya) absent. Aunor is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Cinematic Excellence.

Theme of the awards ceremony, directed by Al Quinn, was “Famas at 61: Continuing the quest for film excellence.” Produced by Airtime Marketing Philippines, the show airs this Sunday on GMA 7.

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  • Edward Mendoza

    Opinion-wise, disturbing ang mga ganitong parangal…El Presidente twisted the facts about our very history..ask the historians and experts about this? nakakalungkot kelan pa maitutuwid ang tunay na kasaysayan ng bansa para naman makausad na tayo na may pagkakilanlan at patutunguhan bilang isang bansa…Hindi nakapagtataka sa kasalukuyang panahon namamayani at namamayagpag ang mga taong diumanoý kinilalang bayani ng Inang Bayan…

  • kumilos_tayo

    Di dapat tinatangkilik yan lang hiya pinapatay niya si Andres Bonifacio..

  • Peary Concepcion

    Gawad Urian is the only award giving body that I believe in.

  • hustlergalore

    secret affair? basura ang pelikula. it doesnt not merit anything. sorry, jaclyn jose, magaling ka pero dito sa secret affair. katawa-tawa kayong lahat.

  • hustlergalore

    bakit walang nagpa-publish ng nominees?!?!?!?!?!??!

    dun mo malalaman kung may competition.

    example si nora aunor ay hindi nominado para sa thy womb. kasi daw ayon sa famas. may maximum number of wins allowed. at yun ay nakamit na ni nora aunor. so ibig sabihin ganun si eddie garcia. kaya pala nanalo ang mga utaw na sina angel locsin at jorge estregan. LOL

  • hustlergalore

    in fairness, sa el presidente ay technical aspect nito ay oks na oks.

  • maysayako

    matagal na dapat itigil ang mga walang credibility na award giving bodies tulad nitong famas at star awards! have they seen angel and er act? mygulay si er parang estatwa walang ka-emo-emotions, si angel puro hysterics, ano ba yan?!? urian at cmma lang ata ang may k magbigay ng awards dito!

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