LEA SALONGA — the award-winning actress who has won top acting awards at West End (London) and Broadway (New York) compliments the film Ang Larawan, along with its actors Paulo Avelino and Joanna Ampil.
Metro Manila Film Festival 2017 Best Picture Ang Larawan was able to receive one of the best compliments ever coming from the Broadway star and Tony award-winning performer Lea Salonga.
Lea had nothing but the nicest words for Ang Larawan.
She is presently on Broadway for a revival of Once on This Island.
She enthused that Ang Larawan was a veritable feast for the senses and the soul as well.
Ang Larawan bagged a total of six awards at the MMFF Awards Night last December 27: Best Picture, Best Actress (for Joanna Ampil), a Special Jury (Posthumous) Award for Nick Joaquin, the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award, Best Musical Score (for Ryan Cayabyab), and Best Production Design.
According to Lea, considering that Avelino’s was ignominiously ignored by the festival committee, if you’re a fan of the actor, she urged you to watch his stellar performances in Ang Larawan. He might not be able to sing as well as the others, but his acting was something else. She said that he will be one of the greatest as he continues to grow as an actor.
Tagging Paulo’s Twitter handle @mepauloavelino, Lea sent her congratulations to the actor as well.
“Hello, Paulo, allow me please to wish you CONGRATULATIONS on your achievement in #AngLarawan. Your work was absolutely riveting to watch. Without a doubt, you will be one of the greatest actors of your generation.”
Lea ended the note with, “From your fan, Lea Salonga.”
At this point, Lea continued to explain what made Paulo’s performance memorable.
“I mean, his acting skills are beyond what I would ever expect from an actor his age. He’s not a singer, but he is an exceptional actor.
“Here’s the thing. He knows how to blur the line between good and bad, black and white, taking advantage of all those shades of gray. It’s incredible to watch.”
Lea further enthused that thanks to Ang Larawan, her faith in humanity has returned!!!
And with that, ito po ang Kuya Pete ninyo na nagsasabing, Christopher, my son, I love you very, very much, my love for you goes beyond eternity.
Adios. Mabalos. I always need you, Nhong!
ni Pete Ampoloquio, Jr.