Anna Luna wins Best Actress in Venezuela

Anna Luna: Award hasn’t really sunk in

By Ricky Calderon

Anna Luna won Best Actress at the Five Continents International Film Festival held recently at Venezuela for her performance as a school teacher in the movie “Maestra” directed by Lem Lorca for Dr. Carl Balita Film Productions.
It was her first international acting award and she still can’t believe it happened. At the recent press preview of the film at Black Maria Cinema, Anna was at a loss for words when asked how she felt bagging her first international acting award. “I still can’t believe it and it hasn’t really sunk in,” she said whose father (a former actor in PETA) named her after the TV series “Anna Luna” so that she can continue his dream as an actor.
“It was my dad who inspired me to go into acting because he has always told me that I was destined to become an actress. When asked what could be her acceptance speech, Anna said she really didn’t know what she would say. “Hindi talaga ako makapaniwala(I can’t believe) that I really won an award.”

2017 Cinema One Originals Best Ensemble Award

Anna also bagged a Best Supporting Actress award for “Bendor,” a Cinema One Originals entry in 2013. She also received a Best Ensemble Award for “Changing Partners,” also an entry at Cinema One Originals 2017.
In “Maestra,” Anna played the role of Iah Seraspi, a fisherman’s daughter from Romblon who topped the Board Exam for Teachers. Seraspi, who is now working as a Board Reviewer herself, was present the entire time while Anna portrayed her character. Also in the cast are Angeli Bayani who plays Gennie Panguelo  who plays a teacher in an Aeta school in Tarlac and Miss Gloria Sevilla who plays Esperanza Bautista who continues to teach to impart her knowledge to  aspiring teachers despite her advanced age. It will be shown at Cine Lokal starting December 8 and 9 (a project of the Film Development Council) at SM Manila, SM Megamall, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Mall of Asia, SM North EDSA, SM Fairview, SM Southmall, and SM Bacoor. The movie pays tribute to educators whose life-long struggle is highlighted by their unwavering commitment to their profession.
 

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