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Mai Fanglayan: Igorot Actor Wins Best Actress at 2018 ToFarm Film Festival

Mai Fanglayan, proud Igorot from Baguio City, wins Best Actress Award at 2018 ToFarm Film Festival.

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Baguio's own Mai Fanglayan steals the spotlight, winning Best Actress at ToFarm Film Festival. Dive into her cinematic debut in 'Tanabata's Wife.

Baguio City's own Mai Fanglayan, an Igorot actor, clinched the Best Actress Award at the 2018 ToFarm Film Festival. A Mass Communication graduate from Saint Louis University in Baguio, Fanglayan entered the film world unexpectedly when she accompanied a friend to the audition for "Tanabata's Wife." To everyone's surprise, she not only participated but also snagged the lead role, marking her debut in a full-length film.

Cultural Blend on Screen

"Tanabata's Wife," adapted from Sinai Hamada's short story, is more than a movie; it's a showcase of Igorot culture. Filmed in Buguias, Benguet, the film uses Japanese, Kankanaey, and Ilocano languages, bringing the Igorot heritage to the forefront.

Best Actress Against Tough Competition

At the ToFarm Film Festival, Fanglayan faced tough competition from well-known actresses like Katrina Halili, who starred in "Mga Anak Ng Kamote," and Pokwang, the lead in "Sol Searching." However, her genuine portrayal in "Tanabata's Wife" earned her the Best Actress Award.

A Festival of Wins

The success didn't stop with Fanglayan. Her co-star Miyuki Kamimura took home the Best Actor Award. Directors Charlson Ong, Lito Casaje, and Choy Pangilinan received the Best Director award, showcasing the overall excellence of "Tanabata's Wife."

Baguio's Talent Spotlight

Beyond individual achievements, the film highlighted the talent within Baguio's Igorot community. Supporting actors, including Kurt Alalag, Danilo Bulanay, Shane Daweg, Rainell Cosme, and John Sagamla, played vital roles in the film's success.

Conclusion: Fanglayan's Triumph

Mai Fanglayan's victory is a source of pride for Baguio and the Igorot community. Her unexpected journey from an audition supporter to winning Best Actress emphasizes the richness of Baguio's cultural scene. Fanglayan's achievement serves as an inspiration for local talents and a notable moment in the story of Filipino cinema.

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