MANILA - Actor Jake Cuenca took home the Best Actor Feature award at the recently concluded 2014 International Film Festival Manhattan, held last October 23 at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Consulate General in New York.
The Kapamilya star was recognized for his role in the independent film "Mulat," while the film's director, Diane Ventura, was named Best Director for a global feature.
Moments after receiving his "first best actor award," Cuenca took to his Twitter account to describe his win: "Never won best actor in the Philippines. But certainly felt sweet winning it here in the states."
He also shared a photo of his award, along with Ventura's, on his Instagram account with the caption: "Yup that just happened! To God be the glory this is my first international award and I I just won best actor."
Mulat tells the story of a young man who falls in love with a mysterious woman with a "strange mental affliction."
Meanwhile, actress Liza Diño was also recognized at the festival for her role in the film "In Nomine Matris." The movie, directed by Will Fredo, was also named Best Feature Film.
The actress said her second win at the event --the first back in 2011 for her role in "Compound"-- felt "surreal and a million more emotions". She also thanked her fiance, Aiza Seguerra.
Mark Justine Aguillon, another Filipino, also won Best Actor in the Short Film category.