• Kapamilya prime actor John Lloyd Cruz is the first Filipino and Southeast Asian actor to receive Star Asia award at the 15th New York Asian Film Festival for the movie ‘Honor Thy Father’
  • Another Filipino actress, Teri Malvar, took home Screen International Rising Star Asia Award
  • The 15th New York Asian Film Festival will be held from June 22 to July 25 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and SVA Theatre in New York City

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s’ prime actors and actresses seem to be making waves not just in local cinema but even internationally.

Just recently, Ms. Jaclyn Jose won the Best Actress award for portraying the title role in Brillante Mendoza’s movie, ‘Ma’Rosa’, at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Jose was the first ever Filipino actor to bag a Best Actress award; beating famous Hollywood actresses Charlize Theron and Marion Cotillard for the movies ‘The Last Face’ and ‘From the Land of the Moon’, respectively.

After Jaclyn Jose, it’s Kapamilya actor John Lloyd Cruz’s turn to be recognized internationally after he becomes first Filipino and Southeast Asian actor to receive the Star Asia Award at the 15th New York Asian Film Festival in the United States, for the movie ‘Honor Thy Father’.

Cruz, according to ABS CBN News, is one of the three recipients of the award. Other awardees are Lee Byung-hun from South Korea and Miriam Yeung from Hong Kong.

The film fest, which will be held from June 22 to July 25 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and SVA Theatre in New York City, will also be attended by fellow Filipino actors Teri Malvar, who bagged the Screen International Rising Star Asia Award for the movie ‘Hamog’, Sid Lucero, Gwen Zamora, Annicka Dolonius and Monster Jimenez, and producer Dondon Monteverde.

Honor Thy Father is directed by Erik Matti and produced by Dondon Monteverde.