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Liza Diño-Seguerra on winning her FAMAS award: “I am but an instrument to help in continuing to uplift Philippine Cinema”

  • Film Development Council of The Philippines Chairwoman Liza Diño-Seguerra expressed her happiness on winning her FAMAS award for Best Supporting Actress.
  • The film and stage actress shared a long inspiring message on her Facebook account.

In the recently concluded 65th FAMAS Awards, Film Development Council of The Philippines Chairwoman Liza Diño-Seguerra was named as the Best Supporting actress for her exceptional acting performance in “Ringgo: The Dog Shooter.” The film and stage actress took to Facebook to express her sentiment on winning her first FAMAS trophy.

“For the past year with FDCP, I have been spending my time being on the other side: as the loudest “one-man cheering squad” of every Filipino filmmaker who was given recognition in almost every film festival all over the world. Every time time I see them go on stage, I feel like I’ve won myself. I was living through them: feeling their joy, the validation they feel for their hard work. But last night, it was really quite surreal for me to be on stage and be the one receiving an actual award for my own work, my work that was my life a little over a year ago,” she started her long social media post.

However, Liza admitted her frustrations before as an actress for lack of projects.

“I love acting. It was, is my world. Feeling ko noon, ikamamatay ko pag hindi ako umarte. Alam ng asawa ko ang lahat ng insecurities na pinagdaanan ko sa buhay lalo na sa mga panahong wala akong trabaho, at sa mga kapwa ko artista, alam nyo kung ga’no kasakit ang feeling na ‘to. So I never thought there would be a world beyond acting for me that would make me feel as fulfilled. But meron pala. Posible pala’ng makahanap ng fulfillment sa isang bagay na higit pa sa sarili mo. And honestly nandoon ako ngayon,” she said.

Liza also revealed that she had to turn down movie offers due to her responsibilities as FDCP Chairwoman. She said that her position made her appreciate more the Phillipine movie industry.

“Don’t get me wrong. I miss it a lot. Everytime I see a good film or watch a film I was supposed to be part of but had to turn down because of my commitment as FDCP Chair, I have that sinking feeling inside me. I wonder, “kelan kaya ako ulit makakaarte?” “kelan kaya ako makakaattend ng festival not as fdcp head but as an actress?” But after pondering on those thoughts, bukas wala na. Ok na ko ulit. Hahaha. Coz sa totoo lang, mahal na mahal ko talaga yung ginagawa ko ngayon. At yung passion at dedication na binibigay ko sa pag-arte ko noon, feeling ko higit pa yung binibigay ko ngayon bilang government servant and for as long as I am allowed to serve, I will give my 100% to this industry

On the latter part of her post, Liza thanked everyone especially FAMAS for believing on her as an actress.

“This FAMAS trophy is so fitting – a woman raising up a film reel- it serves as a great reminder of how this industry is bigger than myself and I am but an instrument to help in continuing to uplift Philippine Cinema.

“To FAMAS, thank you for reminding me that I am still an actress. But more than that, thank you for reminding me na kundi dahil sa pagiging artista ko, hindi ako mabibigyan ng chance to shift on this new role of being of service to our industry; kundi dahil sa frustrations ko, hindi ako magpupursige para paunlarin ang estado ng manggawa ng pelikulang Pilipino, at kundi dahil sa pagmahahal ko sa propesyong ito, hindi ko gagawin ang lahat ng makakaya ko para makiambag sa pagpapaunlad ng industriyang ito.

“Maraming maraming salamat sa pagkilala,” she ended.


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