1. Fe GingGing Hyde for Arnel Mardoquio’s SHEIKA – As Shie, the mother who went through hell shielding her two sons from the “devil”, Ms Hyde ran a gamut of emotions brilliantly essayed with so much intensity, control, and authenticity. The scene where she painfully washes the blood-stained “tsinelas” will be written down in history as one of the most depressing images of a mother in excruciating pain and hopelessness. .

2. Irma Adlawan as the anatomy of a political candidate who will eventually turn out like the others in Dennis Marasigan’s VOX POPULI. She was like singing a perfect tune. I really admire her restraint,her conviction, her amazing timing. I remember Frances Mcdormand in Fargo with her similar yet more convincing phasing of her character’s development. And who says Theater Queens like her, cant shift to underacting when needed?  I so love her silent scenes – simply remarkable!

3. Sid Lucero as the quasi-revolutionary gay teacher who fell in love with his hotel’s guest and stayed that way for more than 2 decades in Adolf Alix/Jerry Gracio’s MULI. Ive never seen other male actors who are most sincerely at home with the veracity of his character’s soul and physicality.

4. John Lapuz as the “image specialist” in Chris Martinez’s seminal comedy HERE COMES THE BRIDE. While John is giving us a clear window to his soul, he lets us in to how his character exactly feels: the pain, the longing, the liberation, and the ultimate salvation, or not. Very thorough interpretation.

5. Coco Martin as the pseudo-journalist in his co-directorial effort with Dondon Santos in NOY. Altho, Coco shifts to mainstream filmmaking, his enigmatic “indie” acting remains.

6. Joem Bascon as the paralytic brother who made all means to be productive in Rodel Nacianceno/Dondon Santos’ NOY. It was an ostensible character but Bascon’s searing performance makes it more internally viewed rather than going outwardly.

7. LJ Reyes  as The Wife in Ian Loreños’ THE LEAVING. Traditional approach but more cerebral. Somewhat explosive, somewhat restraint. She has this intimate quality that can be absorbed well.

8. Lovie Poe as The Pasayaw Fund Collector in Dan Villegas and Paul Sta. Ana’s MAYOHAN. Stunning performance.  Almost authentic. Almost perfect.

9. Perry Dizon as The Janitor in Arnel Mardoquio’s SHEIKA. If the critics would really open their eyes, their ears, and their hearts – Dizon’s performance deserves an astounding victory.

10. Tessie Tomas as The Grieving Mother in Gil Portes’ controversy-laden black comedy TWO FUNERALS. This film is a Tessie Tomas Show, no less.

11. Tetchie Agbayani as The Aunt in Teng Mangansakan’s LIMBUNAN. The film is visual poetry, full stop. Agbayani’s performance is haunting, full stop.

12. Alfred Vargas and Lance Raymundo in Mario O Hara’s zarzuela-cum-cinema ANG PAGLILITIS NI BONIFACIO. Balanced in all ways, both: intensity, authenticity, theatricality.



4 comments on “2010’s THIRTEEN BEST PERFORMANCES

  1. I’ll share my choices, too. Note that I haven’t watched Sheika yet. I’ll list this in alphabetical order.

    Donor: Meryl Soriano, Baron Geisler
    Halaw: John Arcilla, Maria Isabel Lopez
    Here Comes The Bride: Angelica Panganiban, John Lapus
    The Leaving: LJ Moreno, LJ Reyes
    Limbunan: Tetchie Agbayani
    Magkakapatid: Julio Diaz, Soliman Cruz
    Mayohan: Lovie Poe
    Muli: Sid Lucero
    Noy: Coco Martin, Joem Bascon
    The Red Shoes: Marvin Agustin, Liza Lorena
    Rosario: Jennylyn Mercado, Isabel Oli
    Shake Rattle and Roll: Carla Abellana, Sid Lucero
    Asyo Lamang: Enchong Dee
    Vox Populi: Irma Adlawan

    In my opinion, the five best films ar: HALAW, DONOR, TWO FUNERALS, THE RED SHOES, NOY

  2. Agree!!! Fe GingGing Hyde is one of a great actor in the industry. She’s also the Executive Producer of the Film (HYDEout Entertainment).

  3. Physical transformation of Fe GingGing Hyde was awesome! Weeks of preparation, from using PERLA as her shampoo (para maging dry ang buhok), to, not using Body cream for weeks para looking dry and old ang skin, sleeping sa kalye with other street people sa Davao and used old newspapers only as blanket.
    She’s known as the socialite or Jumeirah Jane in Dubai (from the source). Stays in 5 and 7 hotels in the city. The Woman of Substance in Dubai. The Managing Director’s wife. Has helped 178 elementary kids sa iba’t-ibang probinsya sa Mindanao (from a source, pa rin). We’ll she’s a philantropist but, doing good deeds in private).

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