Judy Ann Santos, 41, won the Best Actress award at the Metro Manila Film Festival for her 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.
“Write About Love” star Miles Ocampo and “Sunod” star Carmina Villaroel were also nominated as Best Actress but lost to Santos. R.S. Francisco, Aga Muhach and Amy Austria presented the award to the “Mindanao” actress.
In “Mindanao,” Santos plays Muslim woman Saima Datupalo who is taking care of her cancer-stricken daughter named Aisa Datupalo (Tangog) in a temporary home for children with cancer called the House of Hope in Davao. Dizon plays Saima’s husband Malang Datupalo, a combat medic who is in an offensive operation in Maguindanao.
Dizon won the MMFF 2019 Best Actor award for the role while Mendoza won the Best Director award and “Mindanao” was declared Best Picture. Earning the most MMFF 2019 nominations, the film won Best Float, the Gender Sensitivity Award, the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award and the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award, among others.
Including “Mindanao,” eight MMFF 2019 films were screened across the Philippines starting December 25, 2019 and will 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 Santos weeks prior to the MMFF 2019 Gabi ng Parangal: