Filipino actor Emilio Garcia graces International Film Festival in Manhattan

As published in Asian Journal


Donald Plata (‘Forgotten Soldiers’) and Emilio Garcia

Filipino television personality Emilio Garcia graced the International Film Festival 2011awards night in Manhattan, New York last Nov. 18.

Garcia, who was representing his film Sagrada Familia, served as presenter  for the Best Music Video during the awards night.

The GMA Pinoy television talent starred in Sagrada Familia with Lovi Poe, Snooky Serna and Gloria Diaz. While the film did not receive an award, many Filipinos won awards. These include Liberacion, directed by Adolfo Alix Jr as Best Global Narrative and Best Music Video given to Charice’s Louder, directed by  Tim Cruz. Other awardees were Left by the Shio, directed by Emma Rossi Landi as Best Global Documentary, Liza Dino, Achievement  in Acting  for  Compound. Meanwhile, the IFFM Mount Hope Project Award for Social Activism went to two films:Forgotten Soldiers (USA/Philippines) directed by Donald Plata and Walking the Waking Journey (Philippines/ Nepal) directed by Ferdinand Balanag

Organizers of the event included many Filipinos: Luis Pedron – Co-Founder/ Festival Director / Programmer,  Gerry Balasta – Co-Founder / Executive Director, Grace Labaguis – Marketing Director,

Adora Adora-Penn  – Marketing Consultant, Troi Santos (Pinoy Aid/All Media Designs) – Graphics Designer Sponsor, Mapet Martinez-Santos (Pinoy  Aid/All Media Designs) – Director of Awards Night, and

Nicole Fernan – Coordinator

Filipino groups who helped sponsor IFFM were: GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, Mount Hope Project, Golden Fortune/Century Pacific Group, Century Tuna, Christine Nera, Danny and Margie  Wisotsky, Sam and Carol Sibbaluca (Saladmaster), Dr. Alice Almendral, Herbert  Magtoto,, Pinoy Community Partners: Isla Pilipinas, FAHSI, Pilipino American

Association of Connecticut XOCAI (Melissa Alviar), Naturally Susan, WTV, Queens Asian Fest and Team United Maharlika Foundation Inc.