Allen Dizon, 41, won the Best Actor award at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 for his performance in “Mindanao,” which was directed by Brillante Mendoza and written by Honee Alipio with Armando “Bing” Lao as the creative consultant. It was the 45th edition of the annual Filipino film festival.
The MMFF 2019 Gabi ng Parangal (Awards Night) took place at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on December 27, 2019. Marco Gumabao and Bella Padilla served as hosts with Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2013 Cindy Miranda was the backstage presenter.
“Miracle in Cell No. 7” actor Aga Muhlach and “Write About Love” actor were also nominated as Best Actor but lost to Dizon. Cesar Montano and R.S. Francisco presented the award to the “Mindanao” actor.
In “Mindanao,” Dizon plays Malang Datupalo, a Muslim combat medic who is in an offensive operation in Maguindanao. Judy Ann Santos plays the wife Saima Datupalo.
Yuna Tangog plays Malang and Saima’s cancer-stricken daughter named Aisa Datupalo, who lives in a temporary home for children with cancer called the House of Hope in Davao. The young actress was the Best Child Performer at the MMFF 2019.
Santos also won the MMFF 2019 Best Actress award for the role. Mendoza won the Best Director award and “Mindanao” was declared Best Picture.
Out of all the eight MMFF 2019 full-length films, “Mindanao” received the most nominations. It won Best Float, the Gender Sensitivity Award, the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award and the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award, among others.
The eight MMFF 2019 films were screened across the Philippines starting December 25, 2019 and will be shown until January 7, 2020. Also in the cast are Ruby Ruiz, Vince Rillon, Chai Fonacier, Fe Saligumba, Perry Dizon, Ketchup Eusebio, Epy Quizon, Richard Manabat, Kiko Matos and Jun Nayra.
Executive produced by Mendoza under Center Stage Productions, “Mindanao” features Team App’s animation, Hiroyuki Ishizaka’s sound design and Teresa Barrozo’s music. Here is an interview with Dizon weeks prior to the MMFF 2019 Gabi ng Parangal: