36th Luna Awards: 'Ang Larawan' named best picture; Aga wins for 'Seven Sundays'


Posted at Sep 29 2018 11:47 PM | Updated as of Oct 01 2018 12:25 PM

Co-stars Paulo Avelino and Rachel Alejandro share a scene in 'Ang Larawan,' which was named best picture at the 36th Luna Awards

MANILA -- (UPDATED) A musical based on a play by late National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin took home the most awards at the 36th Luna Awards on Saturday, while ABS-CBN chief content officer Charo Santos-Concio was given the FPJ Lifetime Achievement Award.

"Ang Larawan," an entry to last year's Metro Manila Film Festival, won a total of 7 awards, including the coveted best picture. 

The pre-war Manila movie tells the story of two sisters struggling to make ends meet after their painter father falls ill and fails to produce art — its theme of overcoming ravaging poverty remains unfortunately relatable even today. 

Star Cinema's "Seven Sundays" was the next big winner with three awards, earning best screenplay and editing to go with a best actor win for one of its lead stars, Aga Muhlach.

Santos-Concio, who made a successful comeback to the big screen with Lav Diaz's "Ang Babaeng Humayo," could not attend the Luna Awards, which was held at the same time as the Kapamilya network's ABS-CBN Ball. 

Below is the list of the full winners at the awards show, spearheaded by the Film Academy of the Philippines:

  • Best Picture: 'Ang Larawan'
  • Best Director: Loy Arcenas, 'Ang Larawan'
  • Best Actor: Aga Muhlach, 'Seven Sundays'
  • Best Actress: Joanna Ampil, 'Ang Larawan'
  • Best Screenplay: 'Seven Sundays'
  • Best Supporting Actress: Jasmine Curtis-Smith, 'Siargao'
  • Best Supporting Actor: John Arcilla, 'Birdshot'
  • Best Sound: 'Ang Larawan'
  • Best Music: 'Ang Larawan' 
  • Best Editing: 'Seven Sundays'
  • Best Cinematography: 'Ang Larawan'
  • Best Production Design: 'Ang Larawan'
  • FPJ Lifetime Achievement Awardee: Charo Santos
  • Lamberto Avellana Memorial Awardee: Augusto Buenaventura
  • Manuel de Leon for Exemplary Achievement Award: Rosa Rosal