MANILA, Philippines – Kapamilya actor John Lloyd Cruz was recognized by his hometown of Pasig for serving as an "inspiration" through his involvement in the country's entertainment arts.
|John Lloyd Cruz during the awarding ceremony on Wednesday
The city of Pasig on Wednesday conferred on Cruz the "Natatanging Pasigueno" in the field of entertainment arts at the Tanghalang Pasigueno at the Pasig City Hall complex.
The award was given to Cruz "for his natural ability and talent in acting and projecting life on the big screen, and for serving as an inspiration and role model in real life," which has "earned him the respect of his peers and his audience."
Cruz, who personally received the award, said he hopes more actors will be recognized with the same honor in the coming years.
"Thank you ulit, at sana next year mas marami pang mabigyan ng ganitong parangal," he said.
The award-winning actor also said he dedicates the citation to his fellow Pasiguenos.
"[Ini-aalay ko ito] para sa lahat ng mga kagaya kong taga-Pasig, 'yung mga kabataan lalo na," he said.
"Sana maka-inspire tayo ng maraming kabataan mula sa Pasig para mag-pursige sa larangang kanilang mapipili. Kagaya ko, sa larangan ng arts. Sana sila ma-inspire ko na mag-pursige para sa kanilang mga pangarap," he added.
Cruz continues to make strides in his career as an actor, with the latest being his reunion project with actress Bea Alonzo. According to him, the upcoming film is scheduled for a September premiere this year.