'Die Beautiful' wins big at 33rd PMPC Star Awards for Movies

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Metro Manila (September 4) — Jun Robles Lana's Die Beautiful won big at the 33rd Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies held at Resorts World Manila Sunday.

The film bagged five awards, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, and Best Screenwriter.


The film tells the story of Trisha Echeverria, a transgender beauty queen who wishes to "die beautiful" and be dressed as a different celebrity each night of her wake.

To fulfill her dying wish, Trisha's friends steal her corpse from her estranged father, who wants to dress her as a man. They hold a secret wake for her instead.

Prior to the PMPC Star Awards, "Die Beautiful" also took home other awards, including the Audience Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival, and the My Most Favorite Film award at the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival. It was the top-grossing film at the 2016 MMFF.

Another highlight of the night was when screen legends Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor shared the top honor of Best Actress.

Santos won for her role in "Everything About Her," where she plays a successful but ill-stricken businesswoman. Aunor won for playing a matriarch trying to keep her family together in sociopolitical drama "Kabisera."

They also both received the highest special recognition of the night -- the Ginintuang Bituin ng Pelikulang Pilipino award.

Teen Daniel Padilla was named Best Actor for romance drama "A Love Untold."

Vilma Santos' co-star, Xian Lim, bagged Best Supporting Actor for playing Santos' son in "Everything About Her."

Maraming maraming salamat po sa PMPC for this recognition! To all the staff and crew ng pelikula namin, to @starcinema from the bottom of my heart thank you for trusting me with this project! kinakabahan talaga ako sa stage kagabi kaya hindi ko nacompose sa isip ko ang mga dapat pasalamatan. To my mother Vivian Rabaya, Ms. Vilma Santos, I will forever treasure all the wisdom you have given me. Thank you for making me understand a whole lot about life and our industry. To Jaica, Ms. Angel Locsin, maraming salamat at ginawa mong masaya ang bawat eksena natin!gagalingan ko na ang pag sayaw sa susunod nating pagkikita, pasensya na at ginabi tayo sa eksena na yun direk Joyce, alam mo ang bawat sulok ng hinanakit at bubuog ko haha, maraming salamat for beliving in me and always pushing me. napakadaming pangalan kailangan banggitin at nakasama sa journey na ito. pasensya na po at nakaka kaba talaga ang speech love you all!

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Ana Capri won Best Supporting Actress for starring in indie film "Laut."

Breakout star Joshua Garcia, who starred in romance film "Vince, Kath & James," earned the Best New Actor award.


Meanwhile, showbiz newcomer, Hasmine Kilip bagged Best New Actress for her role as a teenage mom in the indie film "Pamilya Ordinaryo."

Red Bustamante, whose chilling performance as a suspicious child healer in Seklusyon, was also recognized as Child Performer of the Year.