Eddie Garcia wins Gawad Urian Best Actor for 'ML'

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Posted at Jun 18 2019 08:07 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2019 08:48 PM

Eddie Garcia portrays a delusional military general in the martial law-themed 'ML' movie. ML

(UPDATED) Veteran actor Eddie Garcia, who remains in a coma following an on-set accident, has won the Gawad Urian for Best Actor his role as a delusional military officer who tortures students in "ML." 

Garcia, 90, defeated a strong field, which included his "ML" co-star Tony Labrusca, Christian Bables" in "Signal Rock," and Miyuki Kamimura in "Tanabata's Wife." 

He was a favorite to win having been nominated in the category twice. He was also nominated for his role in "Hintayan ng Langit." 

"ML" was an entry in Cinemalaya 2018, and it centered around a student who found himself being tortured by an elderly retired officer while doing his research on Marcos' martial law rule. 

The award was accepted by "ML" director Benedict Mique, who read a message from Garcia's family. "While he has remained in a comatose state, isipin niyo siya iyong nakatayo dito at nakatanaw sa inyong lahat," the letter read. 

Prior to announcing Garcia as the winner, the 2019 Gawad Urian observed a minute-long silence for the actor. 

For the full list of winners of the 2019 Gawad Urian, see here