Sue Prado won the Achievement in Acting Award at the awards ceremonies of the Guam International Film Festival held Sunday at the Guam Museum in Guam.
The actress won for her performance in Joseph Israel Laban’s “The Sister.” In the film set in the backdrop of the Moriones festival in Marinduque, Prado portrays a woman who is faced with the difficult task of bringing home the remains of her recently departed sister, a domestic helper working in Saudi Arabia.
It’s the second international award for “The Sister” after earlier winning Best Cinematography for Marco Felipe Villas Lopez at the Harlem International Film Festival in New York.
The film is next set to compete in the Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh and will have its European premiere in the Black Movie Film Festival e in Geneva, Switzerland in January where it will also compete for the Audience Prize and Critics Award.
The acting recognition for “The Sister” is the third major award of Prado’s career. Back in 2009, she won the Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actress award for Raymond Red’s “Himpapawid” and then won Best Actress at the first Sineng Pambansa film festival in 2012 for her performance in Sigfreid Barros Sanchez’s “In Bangka Ha Ut Sin Duwah Sapah.”
This year, the actress has turned in notable performances in acclaimed independent films. Prado played lead roles in Maurizio Baldini’s “Dalisay” and Maricel Cariaga’s “Pitong Kabang Palay.”
She was also in the cast of Alvin Yapan’s “EDSA” and “Ang Tulay ng San Sebastian,” Teng Mangansakan’s “Daughters of the Three-Tailed Banner” and “Malinak ya Labi,” Eduardo Roy, Jr’s “Pamilya Ordinaryo,” Carlo Obispo’s “1-2-3,” Atom Magadia’s “Dagsin,” Gil Portes’ “Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli” and Louie Ignacio’s “Area.”
On television, Prado is currently in the cast of the hit teleserye “Alyas Robin Hood,” which airs on GMA Network.
In a 2013 interview with InterAksyon, Prado revealed she had wanted to become a doctor but even then was already fascinated with acting, a profession she finally pursued only in 2008.
She said “the different aspects of human nature” is one of the things that attracted her to acting which she believes is “the personification of the different segments of the spectrum of human nature.”
For Prado, “acting is acting” whether it’s a mainstream film or an indie project.
“I veer away from labeling it, because the commitment to the craft shouldn’t change regardless of the label most people tend to put on things we do.”
Watch Sue Prado accept her acting award at the Guam International Film Festival in this video shot by filmmaker Julius Sotomayor and uploaded on Facebook by Joseph Israel Laban.
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