Winwyn Marquez was more than elated as she talked about her first Best Actress win via her first starring role in a movie. She faced the media for a pocket conference and to celebrate her achievement at the headquarters of Nelia’s production outfit.
The beauty queen-turned actress, who now enjoys the joy of being a mom, has recently won Best Actress award for the feature film Nelia at the International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) in New York City, USA.
Produced by A&Q Films Production, the suspense-thriller film “Nelia” is Winwyn’s first lead role on the big screen. She portrayed the titular character who is a nurse who tries to uncover the mystery behind the suspicious deaths of the patients confined in a particular room of a hospital.
In a statement, Winwyn shared her gratitude for being recognized outside her home country. “To be recognized abroad is a dream come true for me. We dedicated our film Nelia to our heroes—the nurses, doctors, and medical frontliners who continue to save lives and be of service to the Filipino people, especially while we’re experiencing the impact of the pandemic. These heroes are my inspiration and I also want to dedicate this award to them.”
The award-winning actress also thanked the film’s producer Atty. Aldwin Alegre, co-producer and screenwriter Atty. Melanie Honey Quiño, and Nelia’s director Lester Dimaranan.
“Thank you also to the most wonderful people I know in show business, Atty. Melanie Honey Quiño and Atty. Aldwin Alegre. Thank you for trusting me to play the lead role in this amazing film. Thank you to our director Lester Dimaranan for bringing out the best in me during our shoot. To my co-actors, and the whole production crew, thank you for taking good care of us.”
“I am just very lucky to have met these people. The shooting of Nelia was very challenging because of the coronavirus threat but the staff, the production team, everyone made sure that we were all safe.” Marquez added.
The suspense-thriller premiered at the 2021 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) last December. The film was also nominated for Best Screenplay in the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards (FAMAS).
“Nelia” is now available to watch on AQ Prime Stream, a streaming application that offers original and legacy Filipino movies. Founded and managed by Nelia’s producers, CEO Atty. Aldwin Alegre and COO, Atty. Honey Quiño, the streaming platform aims to promote and uplift the local film industry. In addition to movies and shows, a subscription gives customers access to pay-per-view live sporting events, concerts, award shows, festivals, rent-to-view adult movies, and Filipino independent films.
Anyone can download AQ Prime on their Apple and Android devices, including smartphones and smart TVs. Subscribe to AQ Prime Stream for as low as P100 for 3 months through Google Play Store, Huawei App Gallery, and Apple App Store.
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