Jake Cuenca wins first ‘Best Actor Award’ in NY film fest

Never won best actor in the Philippines.  But certainly felt sweet winning it here in the states,” Jake Cuenca tweeted after winning the 2014 International Film Festival Manhattan’s Best Actor Feature award at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Consulate General in New York last October 23, reports ABS-CBN News.

Cuenca won the award for his stellar performance on “Mulat” (international title: “Awaken”), an independent film directed by Diane Ventura.  Ventura also garnered the Best Director for a Global Feature Award.

Photo credit: Jake Cuenca/InterAksyon
Photo credit: Jake Cuenca/InterAksyon

On his Instagram account, the actor posted a photo of him and Ventura holding their certificates.  The actor captioned the post with, “Yup, that just happened! To God be the glory, this is my first international award and I just won best actor.

Cuenca has never won as “Best Actor” in the Philippines, despite several nominations over the years.  So, it was natural that the star was super excited about winning the international award.

“Mulat” synopsis

How much choice do we have in shaping our destinies?  Sam is about to make the big leap and marry her boyfriend when a powerful dream convinces her otherwise.

Starting over, she meets Jake and it seems she has finally found her soul mate.  But a strange mental affliction threatens to change her life once more and possibly her last chance at happiness for good.

Liza Diño as Best Actress

Liza Diño, the girlfriend of Aiza Seguerra, was also awarded as Best Actress for her role in “In Nomine Matris”, reports the Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP).  The story centers on a young lady named Mara (Diño) who works hard to land her first major role in a project.

Photo credit: Veooz
Photo credit: Veooz

This is not the first time that Diño won an award in the international film festival.  She also garnered the Best Actress award for “Compound” back in the 2011 International Film Festival Manhattan.