Piolo Pascual bags Best Actor win anew for Mallari

(Right Photo, L-R:) Direk Derick Cabrido, Ron Angeles, Piolo Pascual, Janella Salvador, Bryan Dy, and Rona Banaag at the inaugural Manila International Film Festival in January 2024, held in the heart of Hollywood, USA. There, Piolo personally accepted his first beast actor win for Mallari.

(Right Photo, L-R:) Direk Derick Cabrido, Ron Angeles, Piolo Pascual, Janella Salvador, Bryan Dy, and Rona Banaag at the inaugural Manila International Film Festival in January 2024, held in the heart of Hollywood, USA. There, Piolo personally accepted his first beast actor win for Mallari.

The country’s Ultimate Heartthrob, Piolo Pascual, strengthened his status as a leading man once again after winning the Best Actor award for his performance in Mallari at the recent Box Office Entertainment Awards, which was presented by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation (GMMSF), Inc.

Mallari, an official entry to the 2023 Metro Manila Film Festival, is a chilling cinematic journey into the depths of Fr. Juan Severino Mallari's psyche, the Philippines' sole documented serial killer from the 19th century. This meticulously crafted and the first-ever Filipino film to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures intertwines historical accuracy with psychological horror. Three major characters were brought to life by Piolo.

This marks Piolo's second Best Actor recognition, following his victory at the inaugural Manila International Film Festival in January 2024, held in the heart of Hollywood, USA. Pascual, accompanied by Mentorque producer John Bryan Diamante aka Bryan Dy, executive producer Rona Banaag, Clever Minds co-owner and supervising producer Omar Sortijas, director Derick Cabrido, along with his Mallari co-stars Janella Salvador and Ron Angeles, personally accepted the prestigious award.

The film's impact extended far beyond domestic borders, becoming an official part of the inaugural Manila International Film Festival, a visionary project launched by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority/MMFF Acting Chairman Atty. Romando S. Artes. Mallari's overwhelming success and positive reception have opened doors for numerous collaborations, much to the delight of the budding producer.

Mentorque Productions, in partnership with Project 8 Projects, owned by directors Dan Villegas and Antoinette Jadaone, is set to make waves at the 2024 Cinemalaya Film Festival this August.

The recently completed shooting of Kono Basho in Japan was proudly announced by Mentorque's President and CEO on his Facebook account, featuring an image of two women adorned in black kimonos.

"A Mentorque Productions and Project 8 Projects collaboration. TWO WORLDS COLLIDE IN FILIPINO FILM SET IN JAPAN, KONO BASHO, STARRING GABBY PADILLA AND ARISA NAKANO! (emojis Philippine and Japan's flag). At the helm is visual artist JAIME PACENA in his directorial debut KONO BASHO, an entry to this year's Cinemalaya Film Festival."

Recent sightings of Bryan with ANGKAS President George Royeca and directors Dolly Dulu and Ivan Andrew Payawal suggest a potential collaboration with ANGKAS in an upcoming project.

Additionally, a post featuring Bryan alongside TEN17P producer director Paul Soriano, his wife Toni Gonzaga-Soriano (owners of TinCan Productions), and the couple Mikee Morada and Alex Gonzaga-Morada, hints at further exciting partnerships.

Amid these developments, the Mentorque producer is laser-focused on his entry for the 50th Metro Manila Film Festival, the fantasy-drama Biringan. 

Bryan's joy is further amplified by the 14 out of 18 nominations garnered by Mallari at the upcoming FAMAS Awards night on May 26, 7 PM, at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel.

The nominations include Best Actor (Piolo Pascual), Best Picture (Mentorque Productions/Clever Minds), Best Director (Derick Cabrido), Best Screenplay (Enrico C. Santos), Best Cinematography (Pao Orendain), Best Child Actor (Kian Co), Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Diaz), Best Supporting Actor (JC Santos), Best Editing (Noah Tonga), Best Sound (Immanuel Verona and Nerikka Salim), Best Production Design (Marielle Hizon), Best Visual Effects (Gaspar Mangarin), Best Theme Song ("Pag-ibig na Sumpa" by JK Labajo), and Best Musical Score (Von De Guzman).

To backtrack, Mallari previously bagged Best Supporting Actor, Best Musical Score, Best Visual Effects, and Third Best Picture at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2023 Gabi ng Parangal. Months have passed but efforts to put up such a huge film project are still reaping success.

Mark June 21 in your calendars, as Mallari makes its highly anticipated debut on Netflix.

 

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