Max Eigennman (Photo Credit: Bing Pimentel's Facebook)

Max Eigenmann dedicates 2022 Cinemalaya Best Actress Award to Cherie Gil

In a euphoric mood upon receiving the 2022 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival Best Actress award for her riveting role as a middle-aged pregnant woman who indecisively wants to keep her baby for the film “12 Weeks,” Max Eigenmann thanked a number of people in her acceptance speech for the support they have been giving her.

What stood out in her list of generous souls was an important mention of the late Cherie Gil, the sister of her dad Mark Gil.

“This is for you, Tita (a term of endearment to an older woman by blood of affinity) Cherie,” said Max as she raised the Balanghai trophy and enumerated supportive persons to her life.

Eigenmann was close to Cherie and had claimed her acting skills she also inherited from her.

Bing Pimentel, Max’s mom said that her daughter’s award is the very first Cinemalaya plum any Eigenmann has longed for.

In Sunday night’s Cinemalaya awards ceremony held at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Max was wearing an Albert Figueras chic frock.

“My dress is lucky,” exclaimed Albert who was yelling and applauding passionately when Max’s name was called as the best in the female acting performance.

Young thespian Tommy Alejandrino won Best Actor for her role as a baseball player in a countryside besets with problems, two of them poverty and militarization, for the movie “The Baseball Player” which also took home the Best Film in the Full-Length section while “Black Rainbow” bagged the Best Film in the Short Feature category.

Veteran stage, television and film star Soliman Cruz brought home the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his poignant role as a scalawag police chief in “Blue Room” while the prizewinning theater, TV and movie thesp Ruby Ruiz won the Best Supporting Actress for her arresting performance as a mom of an amateur boxer in “Ginhawa.”

The Full-Length Best Director went to Ma-an Asuncion Dagñalan for “Blue Room” while the Short Film Director went to Gabriela Serrano for “Dikit.”

The Special Jury Awards went to “Dikit” for Short Film and “Blue Room” for Full-Length.

The other winners:

NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Awards: Short Feature, “Black Rainbow”; Full-Length, “12 Weeks”

Audience Choice Award: Short Feature, “Mga Handum Nga Nasulat sa Baras”; Full Length, “Kargo”

Best Sound Design: “Bula sa Langit”

Best Musical Score: “Retirada”

Best Production Design: “Blue Room”

Best Editing: Short Feature, “Black Rainbow”; Full-Length, “The Baseball Player”

Best Cinematography: “Blue Room”

Best Screenplay: Short Feature, “Black Rainbow”; Full-Length, “The Baseball Player.” 

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