42nd Gawad Urian Awards – Winners 2019


We present the list of winners of the 42nd Gawad Urian Awards that took place on June 18th at the UPFI Film Center, Quezon City, Philippines.

Best Film

BuyBustBuyBust by Erik Matti – Philippines | 2018 – 127 minutes

After surviving the slaughter of her entire squad in a drug raid compromised by dirty cops, anti-narcotics special operative Nina Manigan (Anne Curtis), is eager to go head-to-head with the drug cartels that hold a bloody grip on Manila. But when her new mission in the city’s most dangerous slum goes south, the angry civilians turn on her squad. Trapped between a brutal drug gang and hordes of bloodthirsty citizens, their only option is to fight their way out, turning one claustrophobic street at a time into a symphony of apocalyptic violence. (RottenTomatoes)


Best Director

MamangDenise O’Hara for Mamang – Philippines | 2018 – 90 minutes

At the twilight of her life, Mamang struggles against the senility and dementia of old age to be with her son Ferdie, who she suspects is set to teach and leave for another province. But as she grapples further, the more her condition worsens until she is haunted by the ghosts of her past. As she battles to drive them away, she starts reliving her bygone years, with visions that slowly turns into her reality. In the end, she is forced to decide between staying sane or letting her mind go in what has now become a labyrinth of memories. (Cinemalaya)


Best Actress

NeverNotLoveYouNadine Lustre for her role in Never Not Love You (Antoinette Jadaone)
Philippines | 2018 – 100 minutes

It tells the story of young lovers who tries to build a life together until career opportunities sends them to a different country where their relationship will be tested. (IMDb)


Best Actor

MLEddie Garcia for his role in ML (Benedict Mique Jr.)
Philippines | 2018 – 90 minutes

Carlo, an unapologetically millennial college jock, thinks that Martial Law wasn’t all that bad. No one in his family had anything bad to say about it, all he’s ever read are online posts on human rights violations. Confronted by a frustrated History professor, Carlo sets out to prove he is right and looks for someone who lived through that period to tell the tale. (Cinemalaya)


Best Supporting Actress

CitizenJake2Cherie Gil for her role in Citizen Jake (Mike De Leon)
Philippines | 2018 – 137 minutes

A drama about the personal saga of a Filipino and his struggles with the contradictions within his own social class and the demands of a dysfunctional political family in a Third World nation. (IMDb)


Best Supporting Actor

School ServiceJoel Lamangan for his role in School Service (Luisito Ignacio)
Philippines | 2018 – 95 minutes

Maya was walking home in her province when the service stops beside her and offers her to hitch. She innocently takes the ride to reach home faster. To Maya’s horror, the service did not stop at her place. She soon realizes she has been taken, along with the other kids who are inside the crammed school service. Soon, Maya finds herself hours and hours away from home, in an unfamiliar land -Manila. By dusk, the children are dropped off along the national highway to work by begging for alms. Forced to struggle with the harsh conditions of street life, Maya continues to hope for her dreams and chase for her freedom that may never happen.


Best Screenplay

signalrockRody Vera for Signal Rock (Chito S. Roño) – Philippines | 2018 – 130 minutes

Intoy takes care of his parents when his sister moved out to work overseas. Since he lives in a remote area in Samar, the only way he could contact his sister is by going to strange rock formations on the island. (IMDb)


Best Cinematography

BuyBustNeil Bion for BuyBust (Erik Matti) – Philippines | 2018 – 127 minutes

Best Production Design

BuyBustMichael Espanol & Roma Regala for BuyBust (Erik Matti)
Philippines | 2018 – 127 minutes

Best Editing

Tanabata’s WifeMay-I Guia Padilla for Tanabata’s Wife (Choy Pangilinan, Charlson L. Ong)
Philippines | 2018 – 90 minutes

Based on the classic Philippine short story “Tanabata’s Wife”, set in the 1920’s. Tanabata-San is a successful Japanese immigrant farmer in La Trinidad Valley in Benguet, where the Japanese have been known to pioneer the planting of salad greens. Middle-aged and lonely, he hires a young feisty Bontoc woman, Fasang, as farmhand, and falls in love with her. They get married and have a son, but Fasang is attracted to the city lights of Baguio that is now taking shape, and to someone else. (IMDb)


Best Music

BuyBustMalek Lopez & Erwin Romulo for BuyBust (Erik Matti)
Philippines | 2018 – 127 minutes

Best Sound


Malek Lopez & Erwin Romulo for Never Tear Us Apart (Whammy Alcazaren)
Philippines | 2018 – 100 minutes

It’s gonna hurt. An aging spy, his delusional wife, and promiscuous son are driven into madness as they confront the terrors caused by the monster known as The Shadow. (IMDb)


Best Documentary

The Claws of a Century WantingSa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang (In the Claws of a Century Wanting) by Jewel Maranan
Philippines | 2018 – 125 minutes

Four families live in the seams of Manila’s busiest international port. In the hours of their ordinary days, they hear and see the wealth of different nations, packed as cargo, passing them by, leaving and entering Manila’s shores. But soon, the port expands and panic starts. Sa Palad ng Dantaong Kulang is a filmic symphony depicting the increasing everyday violence in the aspiration for a city fit for globalization. (IMDb)


Best Documentary

TembongTembong (Connecting) by Shaira Advincula – Philippines | 2018 – 15 minutes

A T’boli man journeys to unearth his history as he receives an unexpected visit from an abaca goddess in his dreams, leading him to clandestinely experience the tedious process of weaving T’nalak, a sacred cloth only to be weaved by women, setting him to violate a cultural norm.


Natatanging Gawad Urian
Gloria Sevilla

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