Echo rubs elbows with Hollywood elite
BEVERLY HILLS, California (UPDATED) -- Fresh off an outstanding achievement acting award at the Newport Beach Film Festival for "Alagwa," Jericho Rosales rubbed elbows with Hollywood elite and real-life slavery victims at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) benefit.
"I feel great, and the entire team is celebrating, rejoicing. The little boy (Bugoy Carino) got his best supporting [award]. We're just so honored. It's just so much," Rosales told ABS-CBN News.
Rosales spoke to the audience about "Alagwa (Breakaway)." The film was written and directed by Ian Lorenos and focuses on the theme of human-trafficking in the Philippines.
On stage, Rosales introduced a video of a real-life trafficking victim.
"It came from an urban legend and it became a script," he said. "Ian's heart was also in helping people then. Now that we're here, we're blown away about how things are put together. I think it's God working. You make something good, it will serve a purpose."
Hollywood actress Jada Pinkett-Smith and Filipino-American musician and television host Nicole Scherzinger were honorary co-chairs at the prestigious event that raises funds for CAST's projects which help slavery victims, many of them Filipinos.
"Jericho Rosales is a great supporter of our organization," CAST CEO Kay Buck said. "We are partnering with him to support his new film 'Breakaway' and it's really about child trafficking in the Philippines. "
Referring to Rosales' presentation, Scherzinger said, "I became educated and aware because of my Philippine background and realizing human-trafficking is an epidemic in the Philippines."
Aside from Hollywood actress Sara Rue playfully flirting with Rosales as she introduced him, the Kapamilya star and "Alagwa" generated interest from the movie industry, including Pinkett-Smith, an anti-slavery activist, who asked the actor to send her a copy of the movie so she can watch it.
While "Alagwa" has been a breakaway hit at the indie film circuit, winning a slew of awards, Rosales believes his biggest victory is the chance to share his passion project with high-profile advocates and the real-life survivors of modern day slavery.