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Armida Siguion-Reyna (Natatanging Gawad Urian), Lou Veloso (Best Actor for Colorum), Anita Linda and Rustica Carpio (sharing the Best Actress honors for Lola)

Eugene Domingo's antics alone makes the 33rd Urian awards worth catching when it airs tomorrow, May 6, 9:30PM on CinemaOne. I don't know how it will come out during the telecast but the lines exchanged between Domingo, who was the presenter for the Best Supporting Actress, and this year's winner Marissa Sue Prado (Himpapawid) absolutely stole the show.

 Marissa Sue Prado: "Ganito pala ang feeling." 
Eugene Domingo: "Hindi ko alam."

I've been to seven (or eight) Urian awards and I have to say that the 33rd edition is one of the best. Upon arriving at the Cine Adarna in UP-Diliman, the first thing I noticed was how nice the stage setup was. The members of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino were all busy going through the final preparations. Cookie Chua and Gloc 9 opened the show performing the theme from the film "The Arrival". The night's hosts were Gelli de Belen (wow!) and Butch Francisco.

I do not want to get into the details of the entire show so here's the list of the winners:

Best Film - Kinatay, Swift Production and Centerstage Production
Best Director - Brillante Mendoza, Kinatay
Best Screenplay - Linda Casimiro, Lola
Best Actor - Lou Veloso, Colorum
Best Actress - Rustica Carpio & Anita Linda, Lola
Best Supporting Actor - Soliman Cruz, Himpapawid
Best Supporting Actress - Marissa Sue Prado, Himpapawid
Best Production Design - Brillante Mendoza, Lola
Best Cinematography - Raymond Red, Himpapawid
Best Editing - Orlean Tan, Ralph Crisostomo & Miko Araneta, Engkwentro
Best Music - Francis de Veyra, The Arrival
Best Sound - Albert Michael Idioma, Kinatay
Natatanging Gawad Urian - Armida Siguion Reyna

I tried to remember what Armida Siguion-Reyna said during her speech but here are some bits and pieces:

"I grew as an actress because of the performers I worked with... madami akong mga naka-away na direktor maski si Lino Brocka kase ako ang pinakamagaling mang-away. Walang mananalo sa akin sa mga laban pwera lang si Joseph Estrada na marunong din lumaban kaya hindi ako mananalo sa kaniya... kaya iboboto ko siya ngayong eleksiyon."

"Maraming salamat sa mga totoong manunuri, ang Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino... dahil hindi sa laki ng box office hit kung hindi sa totoong panunuri, sa galing ng produksiyon, sa husay ng mga aktor..."
I admired Armida Siguion-Reyna all the more after learning the kind of person she is from the tribute video given to her by her colleagues. She was described as being very professional and doesn't believe in accommodating the whims of stars with huge egos. There's a lot more to be said about her and I suggest that people read this nice piece by Nic Tiongson:

Rustica Carpio also said some very nice things:
"Sa dapithapon ng aking buhay, ito ay dumating ngunit hindi ko naman ito hinihintay." (wow)
"Huwag sana pinipintasan ang Pilipinas dahil ito ay napakaganda. Dito ako nabuhay at dito ako mamamatay."

I also thought it was so cool how Brillante Mendoza's daughter accepted the two awards her father won. I enjoyed the side comments she made while reading the director's prepared speech from a piece of paper.

Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino's Gigi Alfonso and actress Alessandra de Rossi look on as Angelica Mendoza receives the award in behalf of her father Brillante Mendoza.

Overall, I really enjoyed this year's Urian awards. And, save for one technical glitch, the show flowed smoothly. I'll definitely be watching the telecast tomorrow, 9:30PM, on CinemaOne.

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