Mai Fanglayan, an Igorot actor, has earned a well-deserved nomination for Best Actress at the upcoming 42nd Gawad Urian. Fanglayan's standout performance in "Tanabata's Wife" puts her in strong competition with other accomplished actresses.
A Battle of Talent: Fanglayan vs. the Titans
Competing against industry stalwarts like Marietta "Pokwang" Subong ("Oda sa Wala"), Bela Padilla ("Meet Me in St. Gallen"), Iyah Mina ("Mamu: And a Mother Too"), Nadine Lustre ("Never Not Love You"), Celeste Legaspi ("Mamang"), Glaiza de Castro ("Liway"), Anne Curtis ("Sid and Aya" and "Buy Bust"), Perla Bautista ("Kung Paano Hinihintay and Dapithapon"), and Ai-Ai de las Alas ("School Service"), Fanglayan's nomination promises an intense showdown of talent in the Urian Best Actress category.
Fanglayan's Nomination: A Cultural Acknowledgment
Fanglayan's nomination represents the Cordillera region and recognizes her role in "Tanabata's Wife." The film, featuring Japanese, Kankanaey, and Ilocano languages, showcases the vibrant tapestry of Filipino culture. This nod acknowledges not only Fanglayan's personal achievement but also the talent embedded in the Cordilleran community.
Genuine Reaction: Shock and Gratitude
In her own words, Fanglayan expressed genuine shock upon receiving the news of her nomination. She shared, "I was literally shocked and almost dropped my phone when someone called and congratulated me for being nominated as Best Actress in URIAN!" Fanglayan's disbelief and subsequent gratitude add a personal touch to the acknowledgment. She recognizes the honor not only for herself and her family but for the entire Cordillera region, attributing her success to the talent bestowed upon her by God.
"Tanabata's Wife" and Beyond: Film Recognition
Fanglayan's nomination not only elevates her but also contributes to the recognition of "Tanabata's Wife." The film, directed by Charlson Ong, Lito Casaje, and Choy Pangilinan, has garnered multiple nominations at the 2019 Gawad Urian, extending beyond its captivating narrative.
Fanglayan's Journey: Celebrating Cordilleran Talent
As the Urian awards approach, Fanglayan's journey becomes an inspiration from Cordillera to the Urian stage. Her nomination celebrates not only her but also the rich talent embedded in the Cordilleran community. It turns the spotlight on diverse narratives converging on the cinematic stage.
In the unfolding narrative of Filipino cinematic excellence, Mai Fanglayan's nomination signifies not just a competition but a celebration of diverse stories converging on the cinematic stage. The Urian awards night holds the key to unveiling whose name will be recognized in Filipino film history.