Broadway singer Lea Salonga was loud and proud for the film “Ang Larawan” after it won six awards including Best Picture in the 43rd Metro Manila Film Festival “Gabi ng Parangal” awards night on Wednesday at the Kia Theatre in Quezon City.
Salonga, even before the musical movie hoarded its awards, rooted for the film which tells a story of the plight of sisters Candida and Paula Marasigan, daughters of high-profile painter Don Lorenzo Marasigan.
“Hurray! #AngLarawan won Best Musical Score, Best Actress, and Best Picture! Congratulations! Now give it more screens please,” Salonga wrote in her Twitter account.
Prior to this, the singer expressed her disappointment after several cinema houses decided to take down the film due to insufficient revenue.
“So, why is Larawan not showing in more theaters? Isn’t this a film festival? Sigh. Nakakalungkot naman. Hindi nakakagulat, which makes it even more sad,” Salonga said.
“Ang Larawan” is based on the play “A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino” by National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin, the film won the following awards:
• Best Picture
• Best Actress – Joanna Ampil
• Special Jury Prize – Nick Joaquin
• Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award
• Best Production Design
• Best Musical Score – Ryan Cayabyab