Philippines’ Gameboys star Elijah Canlas wins Best Actor at Italy’s Asian Filmfest

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The 19-year-old from Bacolod, Philippines has won Best Actor at the 17th Asian Film Festival. Photo from Elijah’s Instagram.

The Philippines’ Elijah Canlas, the star of the online series “Gameboys”, has won the Best Actor award at the17th Asian Film Festival held in Rome, Italy.

The Filipino actor was recognized for his role in the movie “Kalel, 15” which portrays the story of a young boy living with troubled parents and was later on diagnosed with HIV.

The film’s producer, Idea First Company, shared about the festival award on Twitter on August 6, 2020.

The movie director, Jun Robles Lana, went on social media to congratulate the versatile young actor on the same day that read:

“The great thing about Elijah is that he’s a chameleon. When he takes on a role, he becomes the character, and you can’t imagine it being played by anyone else. He’s a gifted storyteller and he really works so hard at it. Congraaats, @elijahcanlas_!” Lana tweeted.

The young actor humbly thanked the director saying, “This means the world to me. Thanks, direk! For trusting me and squeezing the best out of me. I promise to always work hard. Just like what tito Eddie told me. No doubt. Congrats din po!” (referring to the late Eddie Garcia)

Along with Canlas, the movie also stars 2016 Cannes Best Actress Jaclyn Jose, the late award-winning actor Eddie Garcia, and Gabby Padilla.

Elijah was also known for his roles in the films Sundalong Kanin, LSS, and Babae at Baril.

Another Filipino actor who was recently recognized in the international film scene is Bela Padilla who has been nominated for Best Actress at the 15th Seoul International Drama Awards.

Philippine film “Tutop (Covered Candor)” earned several recognitions for its team in festivals held during the lockdown in the United States, Italy, and Istanbul.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Gameboys star Elijah Canlas for winning Best Actor at the 17th Asian Film Festival in Rome, Italy.

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Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo was a contributor in the News Letter of her former agency and is currently a content writer on her church's website and social media platform. She is now a full-time housewife who wants to re-ignite her passion for writing.