It looks like the entertainment scene, particularly acting on the big screen, is well in good hands thanks to the exploits of one Elijah Canlas.
The indie film darling who recently won Best Actor at the 17th Asian Film Festival has built up quite the resumé at the tender age of 20.
He’s been in critically-acclaimed films such as Edward, LSS, and the one that gave him his Best Actor plum, Kalel, 15. It might take a while for someone to describe his acting chops, but we’ll let Jun Robles Lana, director of Kalel, 15, do the honors.
The great thing about Elijah is that he’s a chameleon. When he takes on a role, he becomes the character, and you can’t imagine it being played by anyone else. He’s a gifted storyteller and he really works so hard at it. Congraaats, @elijahcanlas_!!! https://t.co/QtpWT0xUg6
— Jun Robles Lana (@junrobleslana) August 6, 2020
Today, Elijah is breaking boundaries and making a name for himself in the hit boys love web series Gameboys, which will soon find its way into Netflix.
Gameboys gives Elijah a chance to showcase his acting to a wider audience, something that Jun Lana knows only too well. Elijah’s been called a chameleon, taking on roles that other actors his age might shy away from.
The series allows him to explore that side of his acting and show it off in its entirety. Playing off of other talents like Kokoy de Santos (Gavreel) and Adrianna So (Pearl), Gameboys takes the boys love genre and runs away with it.
The characters are relatable thanks to how it was written and directed, and the portrayals of Elijah, Kokoy, and Adrianna all make it worth the hours you’ll probably spend binge-watching the entire series.
It was a struggle to pull of the Zoom-only style shoots because of COVID-19, but that’s what makes Elijah—and by virtue of association, Gameboys, a must-watch.
Look out, Philippines. A new star has just been born—and more than deserves our Favorite Bida plum for this year’s 2020 RAWR Awards.
Here’s the full list of winners for this year’s 2020 RAWR Awards:
Beshie ng Taon – Fumiya Sankai
Bibo of the Year – Xia Vigor
Favorite Bida – Elijah Canlas
Favorite Kontrabida – Aiko Melendez
Breakthrough Artist of the Year – SB19
Favorite Newbie – DJ Loonyo
Digital Series of the Year – Gameboys, the Series
Bet na Bet na Teleserye – Love Thy Woman
Song of the Year – Alab by SB19
Movie ng Taon – Ghost of the Past
Actor of the Year – Alden Richards
Actress of the Year – Maine Mendoza
Pak na Pak na Comedian – Vice Ganda
Digital Influencer of the Year – Gandang Kara
Male News Personality of the Year – Atom Araullo
Female News Personality of the Year – Jessica Soho
Love Team of the Year – KyCine
BL Tandem of the Year – Ian Pangilinan and Paolo Pangilinan
Favorite performer – SB19
Favorite Radio DJ – Papa Jackson
Favorite TV Host – Toni Gonzaga
Fanclub of the year – A’TIN
Favorite group – SB19
Radio Station of the Year – Energy FM
TV Station of the Year – ABS–CBN
Trending Show of the Year – It’s Showtime
Most Admired Celebrities – Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes
Brandspeak – realme
PRs of the Year – Stratworks, M2Comms, Ripple 8
PR Persons of the Year – Julius Macalagay, Ian Urrutia