Belle Mariano, proud Filipina Asian Star winner at Seoul Drama Awards

Actress Belle Mariano is the first Filipina awardee at Seoul Drama Awards 2022. Photo credits: Rise Artist Studio

Actress Belle Mariano was a ‘Proud Filipino’ in her historic win at the Seoul International Drama Awards 2022, touted as the largest global award ceremony for drama based in South Korea that honors TV drama productions and actors worldwide.

Belle is the only and first-ever Filipina awardee of the Outstanding Asian Star Award at the coveted global award event held last night, September 22.

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She walked the red carpet in a Francis Libiran pink Filipiniana gown alongside ABS-CBN Films advertising and promotions director Mico Del Rosario.

In her acceptance speech given in the Filipino and English languages, Mariano introduced herself as a ‘Proud Filipino’ “Good evening, everyone. I am Belle Mariano and I am a proud Filipino.”

She expressed her gratitude to SDA for the award and the honor of being in South Korea, “Thank you Seoul International Drama Awards for this recognition, it really is such an honor to be here.”

She went on to thank the cast, crew, and production behind He’s into Her, the book-adapted series that gained her the award.

“Thank you as well to the cast, production, and crew of He’s Into Her. Maraming, maraming salamat.”

Belle did not forget to thank her on-screen partner Donny Pangilinan and the fans that voted for her to win the award, “Of course, to my partner Donny Pangilinan, it has been an amazing journey with you. Here’s to more and I this honor with you. Of course, the supporters as well, I wouldn’t be here without you guys. Lubos po akong nagpapasalamat sa inyo, maraming maraming salamat.”

To cap off the speech, the He’s into Her lead actress thanked her Filipino mother, “And lastly, to the woman who molded me into the woman I am today, my Mother, thank you so much, I love you. Mahal ko kayong lahat at mabuhay tayong lahat.”

The 20-year-old star bested 175 male and female Asian actors for her performance in the popular adaptation of the book series. Among her in the award were China’s Wallace Chung, Japan’s Yusei Yagi, Taiwan’s Alice Ko, and Thailand’s Krit Amnuaydechkorn.

The ‘He’s Into Her’ series brought Belle Mariano to the international limelight and she is now recognized as the “New Gen Phenomenal Actress”.

Filipino actor Dingdong Dantes won the Asian Star in 2020 for his role in the Philippine adaptation of the Korean Drama hit series Descendants of the Sun, while Alden Richards won the Asian Star at the 2019 SDA. Richards is starring in the Philippine adaptation of another Korean Drama hit series, Startup, essaying the counterpart role of Han Ji-Pyeong played in the original series by 2022 SDA Outstanding Korean Actor winner, Kim Seon-Ho.
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