Buboy Villar, That Thing Called Tadhana win in Guam Filmfest


Filipino actor Buboy Villar who portrayed the role of Manny Pacquiao in the biographical sports drama film “Kid Kulafu” brought honor to the Philippines when he earned the Best Achievement in Acting award at the 5th Guam International Film Festival (GIFF),

That Thing Called Tadhana

Top-grosser Filipino romantic-comedy film “That Thing Called Tadhana” also bagged its first international award at the 5th GIFF, winning Best Narrative Feature.

Directed by Antoinette Jadaone, “Tadhana” received rave reviews at the onset of the festival and was referred to as the 5th GIFF centerpiece film and a crowd favorite.

The hit movie which stars Angelica Panganiban and JM De Guzman is the story of two strangers who meet in an airport and form a charming friendship in an attempt to mend each other’s hearts.

“Tadhana” drew in a standing-room-only crowd during its showcase at the event. “The film hit all the right marks and the directive of the film to our Guam audiences transcended through the universal language of romance, laughter, and reflection,” stated the GIFF website.

Villar’s portrayal of international boxing champ Pacquiao in his biopic gave the world a view of a young PacMan’s struggles as a child and his eventual journey to greatness. The movie is directed by Paul Soriano.

The GIFF is recognized for its intent to capture and recognize the spirit and passion of independent filmmakers and their films. It also presents an international cinema event that exhibits dynamic source of cross-cultural artistic presence, bridging gaps among the U.S., Asia and the Pacific’s multi-cultural population and region.

Kid Kulafu is scheduled to be screened in Tokyo International Film Festival and the Seattle Film Festival in London.


  1. Just a good indication that Filipino indie films go through a long way and has captured the hearts of every viewer for it is recognized in different parts of the world.

  2. It’s heartwarming to know that more and more Filipino films are getting recognized around the world and what’s so great about it is that the films that are actually deserving are the ones being recognized 🙂

  3. This is really a good news! It’s very gratifying to know that Filipino films are being acknowledged in other parts of the world! This just states that even people around the world appreciates our very own movies. Perhaps, this is the beginning of more success in Philippine film industry! Kudos to Philippine cinema! Kudos to Filipinos!

  4. Hindi talaga mapagkakaila ang galing ng mga Pinoy. Well-deserved. Napanuod ko ‘tong That Thing Called Tadhana, nakakaantig talaga. Lalo na sa mga pusong nasugatan at gustong mag-move on. Napa-throwback din ako. Congrats kay Antoinette Jadaone! Papanuorin ko naman si Buboy Villar!

  5. This is indeed a wonderful news. More countries are able to recognize our Philippine movies and it proves that we can toe to toe with other foreign movies. It’s also a great privileged that our country is still able to make films such as this since many of our films were more on comedy, love/romantic scenes, cliche movies and the likes. 🙂 I’m very glad that movies like “That thing called Tadhana” & “Kid Kulafu” contains Filipino values, well-known/beautiful places/tourist spots and making other countries proud of us as well since Manny Pacquiao is a very well-known boxer in the world. 🙂

  6. That thing called tadhana is a dose of “bittersweet” lovestory, from the pain of heartbreak to mending of the heart and their souls. So proud for the team for winning at GIFF. Also for Buboy Villar for the portrayal of our People’s Champ Manny Pacquio whose story deserves to be an inspiration to all the people around the world. Congratulations!

  7. Noong napanuod ko yung movie, nakaka-relate ako lalo dun sa ibang scene ni Angelica. Ang ganda nung movie. <3 Lalo na nung nanalo pa to GIFF. Galing Pinoy!! Iba talaga ang Filipino talents.

  8. I do believe in tadhana and I strong believed that Filipinos are destined to be recognized globally because of their amazing talents in creating world class movies. Kudos to the team behind “The Thing Called Tadhana” and to Buboy Villar. They all deserve the award. May this be an inspiration to all movie makers to continue their passion 🙂

  9. I do believe in tadhana. So proud that more and more Pinoy films and Filipino actors are being recognized internationally.

  10. I believe that ‘tadhana’ is just there waiting in silence and when humans can longer find their way to realize what’s supposedly to happen next, that is the time ‘tadhana’ does its magic to someone’s life. 🙂 ‘Tadhana’ can either makes someone stay or let go of people who imparted so much memories and lessons that make us who we are right now. Congrats to the production team of “The Thing Called Tadhana”. The movie itself and the people behind this remarkable film deserve all this appreciation.
    Mabuhay to all Filipino films that brings pride and motivation for other
    inspiring filmmakers. Keep it up! 🙂

  11. First, I want to congratulate the people behind this award winning film “That Thing Called Tadhana” for they were able to produce such film. I also want to say congratulations to Buboy Villar for his portrayal as “People’s Champ” Manny Pacquiao. I do believe that this young actor will receive more awards in his future for he is such a great talent. Lastly, I believe that with these awards, Filipinos are now globally competitive and can do even more films that will continue to receive appreciations from other countries.

  12. I personally believe in ‘Tadhana’ because if it’s meant to be it will always find a way and God has the best timing. The concept of this film is very relatable and I commend the people behind this. Our country needs more indie films and not stick to those commercialized ones

  13. This good news makes me so elated! These international achievements remarkably proved that the Philippines has a flourishing pot of talents in various aspects and that the “Philippine Cinema is dying” supposition is a fallacy. Indeed, the undeniable excellence of That Thing Called Tadhana team and Buboy Villar deserved the outstanding recognition and honor that brought worthy pride to the Filipinos. Kudos to all the hardworking members of the two award- winning movies! All the best! 🙂

  14. I do believe in that thing called Tadhana. I was in awe after watching this film. It’s amazing how it portrays the real-life up’s and down’s that people go through. The award and the recognition that the film received is truly well-deserved.

  15. I really don’t believe in ‘Tadhana’ but this film, it was ‘Tadhana’d’ to win that award XD . Congrats to the makers and actors/actresses of this film. keep up the good work!

  16. Kudos to the whole team that made this indie-Filipino movie an award winning film! It is very heartwarming to know that it is recognized also in other countries. I do hope that this may serve as an inspiration to other indie-film makers in the industry 🙂 Keep it up!

  17. Naniniwala ako sa Tadhana, kasi kahit na anong mangyari kung para sayo talaga yung taong yun… I know God will make a way.
    Congratulations! ❤️ great film, great actors and actresses ❤️

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