Actress Gina Pareño is Best Supporting Actress winner

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Actress Gina Pareño was called as Best Supporting Actress winner for her work in “Serbis,” in the 3rd Asian Film Awards at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. The 3rd Asian Film Awards is the region's equivalent to Oscars awards.

“Serbis” director Dante Mendoza, a nominee for Best Director, went up the stage to accept Pareño’s trophy, scriptwriter Senedy Que recalled in an e-mail to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. As Dante began to speak, Que wrote, Gina was suddenly sighted running toward the stage.

“I’m sorry, I was in the ladies room,” were the actress’ first words, delivered breathlessly, from the podium, Jazel Virtusio of the Animation Council of the Philippines said in a text message.

Disarmed, the audience laughed, and then applauded, both Virtusio and Que related.

“Gina explained that the restroom was very far from the hall,” Virtusio said. “And then she proceeded to deliver what would be the night’s longest acceptance speech, sharing her victory with costar Jaclyn Jose, who was also nominated.”

“Serbis” tells the story of a family who operates and lives in a run-down movie house where prostitutes ply their trade.

This is the second international recognition for Pareño’s performance in “Serbis.”

She was named Best Actress last year at the 6th Pacific Meridian Film Festival in Vladivostok, Russia, where Mendoza won Best Director. The movie itself was the country’s entry in the main competition section of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

Prior to “Serbis,” Pareño won Best Actress trophies for Jeffrey Jeturian’s 2006 film “Kubrador” at the Osian’s-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema in New Delhi, the International Festival of Independent Film in Brussels and the Amiens International Film Fest in France.


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