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Thais rule, Pinoys shine

Kathleen A. Llemit



(FROM left): Thai actors Poonpat Athapunyapol, Attaphon Poonsawat and Purim Rattanaruangwattana.

It was the night for the Thais as their nominees on the second day of the 24th Asian TV Awards took home most of the awards. The Philippines, which hosted the regional tilt for the first time, did well as a host and took home surprise wins.

Thai stars Chanon Santinatornkul, Attaphan “Gun” Poonsawat and Purim “Pluem” Rattanaruangwattana drew in the most cheers and squeals during the red carpet and live show held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City on Saturday night, 11 January.

The three are rising stars in their native Thailand. Chanon rose to fame via the 2017 hit heist thriller Bad Genius. He was nominated in the hotly contested Best Actor in a Leading Role category for his work in the GMM TV show Bangkok Love Stories: Plead. The award eventually went to seasoned Taiwanese actor William Hsieh for his performance in First Love.

Pluem and Gun competed in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category, which eventually went to Gun for his portrayal of a “gifted” or skilled head student in the Thai science-fiction suspense TV thriller, The Gifted. Gun, on the other hand, was nominated for his role in Happy Birthday, produced by GMM25.

Thai leading ladies also took home top acting plums with Channel 7 stars Tisanart Sornsuek and Anyarin Terethananat taking home the Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role awards, respectively. Chanya McClory was awarded the Best Leading Female Performance — Digital for her role in Line TV’s The Deadline.

Chanya and Anyarin left an impression on the audience with their memorable speeches. Chanya, who starred as one of the three ladies facing sickness in the series, talked about cancer, which left her teary-eyed while accepting the speech. Anyarin, on her part, appealed to the audience to take climate change seriously.

JONA smizing the red carpet (left) and Channel 7 star and Thai heartthrob Louis Hesse (right).

Pinoys did well
The surprises of the night came from two Philippine wins. Martin del Rosario never thought that he would beat two of Thailand’s popular heartthrobs, Teeradon Supapunpinyo and Krissanapoom Pibulsonggram. The three were nominated in the Best Leading Male Performance-Digital.

“All the efforts, the blood, sweat and tears, have paid off,” Del Rosario remarked to the press at the post-awards party held at the Sheraton.

“I really didn’t expect this award,” he beamed after winning the acting plum for his portrayal of a gay character in the hit series Born Beautiful, the continuation of the Die Beautiful movie produced by The IdeaFirst.

His surprise came after the fact that he was up against the two Thai stars who, like the three earlier mentioned, received a wide fan base including the Philippines, for their roles in the hit body-switching digital series, Great Men Academy.

Another delightful Philippine surprise win was Mystified, taking home the Best Single Drama or Telemovie. Star Diana Zubiri was visibly elated when she announced that her digital movie won the category. Her co-star, Karylle, rushed to the stage and the two hugged each other. Mystified is a production of Sanggre Productions, a company they put up with co-actors Iza Calzado, Sunshine Dizon and director Mark Reyes. All of them and Reyes worked together in the 2005 hit fantasy series, Encantadia.

One of Barangay 143’s  theme song, “Alanganin,’’ interpreted by Kris Lawrence and Krizza Neri bested the other nominees in the all-Filipino category. The animated cartoon produced by Synergy 88 and GMA Network also won the Best 2D Animated Programme at the Technical and Creative Awards held on Friday, 10 January.

ANC’s Market Edge host Cathy Yang did a repeat performance of her win at November’s Asia Creative Academy Awards by being named yet again the Best News Anchor/Presenter at this year’s Asian Television Awards. Yang also co-hosted the red carpet on Saturday night.

Media conglomerate head honcho Manny V. Pangilinan was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television. Reading his speech, TV5 president and CEO Jane Basas, relayed the group head’s message: “It is a validation for a journey that, about a decade ago, many thought was foolish to embark on. We invested as a third player in a two-network town at the crux of unpredictable and rapid seismic changes in content creation, consumption and human behavior. It would not have been a worthwhile adventure though if we did not have moments of trepidation.”

Photos by David John Cubangbang

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