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Ruby Ruiz wins Best Actress at the 2020 Harlem International Film Festival

By Brooke Villanueva Published Sep 23, 2020 12:00 pm

Filipino actress Ruby Ruiz bagged the highly coveted Best Actress award at this year’s Harlem International Film Festival held in New York City, with James McDaniel as its jury chairman and Corey Glover, Richard Peña, and Liza Thomas on the narrative panel.

Her lead role at last year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival entry Iskawon her the same recognition at Cinemalaya 2019.

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My proudest moment! Thank you CINEMALAYA 2019 & Direk @theodoreboborol @marubenitez8 @waterfowl212 & FireStarters Productions for I S K A

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Directed by Theodore Boborol, the film tells the struggles and adversities of a loving grandmother (Ruiz) raising her autistic grandson on the poverty line. The cast includes Soliman Cruz, Beauty Gonzalez, RK Bagatsing, Jomari Angeles, and Jonic Magno, among others.

In a Facebook post, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) announced the win and congratulated her for a job well done. “Ipinagmamalaki ka namin,” the organization wrote.

Congratulations To Ms. Ruby Ruiz of the film, “Iska” for winning Best Actress at the Harlem International Film Festival 2020 this September 21, 2020 at Harlem, New York, USA! Ipinagmamalaki ka namin!

Posted by Film Development Council of the Philippines onMonday, September 21, 2020

Likewise, Cinemalaya expressed their happiness and excitement over this incredible feat.

Nanalo si Ate Iska as best actress! The 15th Harlem International Film Fest recognized the excellent performance of Ruby...

Posted by Cinemalaya onMonday, September 21, 2020

At the 2013 Cinemalaya, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) alum received the Best Supporting Actress plum for her role on Ekstrawith Vilma Santos as the lead star.

Article thumbnail taken from the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP)'s Facebook page