Eddie Garcia won his first international acting award at Asia Pacific fest.
Garcia won the said recognition for Jun Robles Lana’s ‘Bwakaw’ at the 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival held at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Macau on Saturday.
He received a standing ovation from the foreign audience when he received it at age 83.
The actor attended the festival with his wife, Lilibeth.
Garcia was one of the 10 actors who were honored by the Inquirer at the 3rd Indie Bravo! Tribute which was held at the newspaper’s office in Makati on Monday.
Director Lana said that Garcia’s staying power in the industry is primarily due to his real talent, hard work and professionalism.
Young stars of today have a lot to learn from him, he told the Inquirer.
Meanwhile, Garcia was happy for the international recognition, no matter how long it took.
He does not really mind the long wait and he always believes that if it comes, he can say thank you but if not, he will be fine too.
He always says, it is a nice bonus for a job well done and the recognition was sweeter because it comes from an international awarding body.
Garcia is the only Filipino actor elevated to the Famas Hall of Fame for his achievements as a supporting actor, actor and director.
Nora Aunor was also nominated for best actress in this year’s Asia Pacific fest for Brillante Ma. Mendoza’s ‘Thy Womb’ but the prize went to a Taiwanese actress.
‘Bwakaw’ was also chosen by the Film Academy of the Philippines as an entry to the best foreign language film category of the Academy Awards to be held in Hollywood next year.