MANILA, Philippines -- After receiving her first award for her portrayal in a horror film, actress Angelica Panganiban now considers her career to be "complete."
|Angelica Panganiban during the 60th FAMAS Awards on Tuesday night. Photo by Nimfa Chua
"Alam niyo ho, nakakatuwa kasi unang award ko ho 'to na gumawa ako ng horror film at nakakuha po ako ng award," Panganiban said in her speech during the 60th Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards on Tuesday night, where she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Star Cinema's "Segunda Mano."
"Actually, kumpleto ko na ho, so thank you FAMAS, naikutan ko na ho lahat," the 25-year-old actress added. "Maraming salamat sa pagtitiwala sa 'kin, kinumpleto niyo ho ang career ko."
Having started her showbiz career at age 6 via the defunct kiddie gag show "Ang TV," Panganiban has gone on to be recognized as a sexy star, a dramatic actress and a comedienne.
The FAMAS was also the body which gave Panganiban the Best Child Actress trophy in 1996 for her role in the film "Sarah, Ang Munting Prinsesa."
Panganiban was recognized as a dramatic actress by the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Awards in 2008, when the award-giving body conferred on her a Best Supporting Actress trophy for her portrayal in the film "A Love Story."
Now popularly known for her comedic antics onscreen and in live shows ("Banana Split"), the Kapamilya actress has won a number of Best Comedy Actress awards over the years, notably from the Philippine Movie Press Club Star Awards in 2010, and the Guillermo Box-Office Awards in 2011.
"Thank you, Star Cinema (ABS-CBN's film production arm), sa pagbibigay po sa 'kin ng characters, na nagtitiwala at naniniwala kayo nang paulit-ulit sa 'kin at binibigyan niyo ako ng iba't-ibang klaseng roles, at naniniwala ho kayo na maitatawid ko 'yon," Panganiban said.
According to the former child star, she had not anticipated her "small role" in "Segunda Mano" to be recognized. In the Joyce Bernal-directed film, Panganiban portrays Mariella, the deceased wife of the character of Dingdong Dantes.
"Sa totoo lang, nagulat po ako na nanalo ho ako sa pelikulang 'Segunda Mano.' Nakakatuwa ho na isipin na kahit ho bigyan ka ng maliit na role sa isang pelikula, eh napapansin niyo ho iyon," she said.