Jake Cuenca in a scene from "Nuwebe"
MANILA -- Actor Jake Cuenca bagged a best actor nomination at the 2014 Queens World Film Festival in New York for the indie movie "Nuwebe."
Cuenca is the only Filipino actor to receive a nomination in the competition, which runs from March 4-9.
Directed by Joseph Israel Laban, "Nuwebe," a Cinemalaya entry, is inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history. Krista was just nine years old when she became pregnant. Her mother believes that she was impregnated by malevolent supernatural creatures called "nuno sa punso" but "the real story will prove to be more complicated than it seems."
Also part of the film were Barbara Miguel, Nadine Samonte, Manny Castañeda and veteran actress Anita Linda.