Best Performances of the Decade So Far (Top Ten)

  1. Sid Lucero, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (2013)

10 Sid Norte

Character: Fabian, an embittered law student who commits a brutal murder

“It’s now common knowledge that Lucero is one of the finest actors not just of his but of any generation. He has mastered the naturalistic speaking style, the way people stammer and hesitate and pause when talking in real life. Working with Lav Diaz, who is known to give his actors free rein over their performances, must have been heaven for Lucero who, as Fabian, a disaffected youth who deals with the consequences of a crime he committed, gets to display his acting chops in full throttle, knowing full well that he will most likely never get another role that will be as meaty and as complex. A towering performance if there ever was one.” – SCL

  1. Eugene Domingo, Barber’s Tales (2014)

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Character: Marilou Aguallo, a newly widowed woman who inherits the town’s only barbershop from her husband

“Domingo’s boundless dramatic gifts continue to unravel as she delivers a master class in thespic restraint and subtlety in her prized portrayal of a subservient housewife. She is a thespic knockout from beginning to end—you won’t miss the knowing twinkle in her eyes we often see in her crowd-pleasing ‘dramedic’ potboilers, even in the production’s random moments of angst-leavening humor. Her character’s situations may be dire, but she manages to keep her scenes from becoming overwhelmingly treacly. Eugene is smart enough to know that gut-wrenching ululations of grief don’t necessarily result in a textured characterization. Without a doubt, hers is one of the year’s finest performances.” – Rito Asilo

  1. Angel Aquino, Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita (2013)

8 Angel Chacha

Character: Pilar, a mysterious woman who becomes the object of a pubescent girl’s affection

No other actor could have played the complicated Pilar the way Aquino did. The role calls for a gorgeous actor who is capable of showing a dark side and Aquino gets under the skin of her character, that when she breaks Anita’s heart, we wanted to shake her silly and forgive her at the same time.

“Aquino was a beguiling presence in Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita.” – Cathy Peña

  1. Joel Torre, Kabisera (2013)

7 Joel Kabisera

Character: Andres, a simple fisherman who finds part of a consignment of drugs floating in the sea and decides to run a drug empire

“Torre portrays Andres with a mix of apprehension, excitement, familial love, obsession, and menace, and makes it all too human that even as we curse him for making wrong decisions along the way, we can understand why he had to do the things he did. If that, meaning eliciting empathy, is not the goal of acting in the first place, nobody knows what is.” – SCL

  1. Martin Escudero, Zombadings (2011)

6 Mart Zombadings

Character: Remington, a homophobe cursed by a wizard to turn gay on his 21st birthday

“His character shifts and emotional upheavals are competently delivered in the subtlest movements. He perfected the nuance of a flaming (queen) who’s hard-pressed in controlling his emerging effete tendencies. What a joy to watch!” – Cathy Peña

“Escudero is a stunning discovery. His comic talent is impeccable. He speaks, sashays, and acts like a real gay man! He is the crowning glory of Zombadings.” – Fidel Antonio Medel

  1. Eula Valdez, Dagitab (2014)

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Character: Issey Tolentino, a Humanities professor who gets entangled in an extramarital scandal

Valdez almost did not get to play Issey Tolentino, the juicily complex professor character written by director Giancarlo Abrahan, because of scheduling conflicts. The stars must have aligned for the role to be offered back to her, after the replacement actors also backed out, because we can’t imagine any other actor who could give the role justice. Valdez lends Issey a delightful blend of sexiness, intelligence and mystery that makes her riveting to watch.

“Valdez is a great actress and it is not up until now that she is given more to work with and she is just amazing.” – Carl Joseph Papa

  1. Vilma Santos, Ekstra (2013)

4 Vilma Ekstra

Character: Loida Malabanan, a single mother who acts as a bit player in TV soaps

“For naysayers who scoff at the actress’ penchant for physical acting, here’s a movie that shows the egoless Vilma—warts, wrinkles, eye bags and all—at her quietly insightful and vulnerable best, as she fights for better roles on the set of a teleserye that must finish 45 sequences overnight. She’ll break your heart especially in scenes that require no dialogue, particularly in the sequence that shows Loida quietly watching her botched scene with Cherie Gil and Pilar Pilapil.” – Rito Asilo

“After a harrowing day on the set where she lost a good role, Loida returns to an empty home. She boils water for a bath, then transfixes her gaze on the table. She starts to eat the leftover food she took home from the set; then eats like there’s no tomorrow, drowning out her frustration and embarrassment. You could see all the pent-up emotions on her face as she masticates and swallows and weeps? The scene is short and line-free, but it packs a wallop. It showcases the emotional power of Vilma Santos as the seasoned and sincere actress that she has become. No lines needed.” –  Cathy Peña

“The only way to silence the doubters is to turn in a nuanced, convincing performance.  It’s a testament to Santos’ instinct as an actor that she finds the honest core of Loida and operates from there. Everything else follows.” – SCL

  1. Eddie Garcia, Bwakaw (2012)

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Character: Rene, a closeted gay septuagenarian who finds comfort in the company of his dog

“Garcia is simply marvelous as the late-blooming homosexual. He masterfully circumvents the stereotypical picture of a washed up gay man. We last saw his brilliance in I.C.U. Bed #7 and we feel honored to witness a level of artistry achieved only by years of insightful experience. Garcia is exquisite in his grief and cantankerous manner. He is delight nonpareil.” –  Cathy Peña

“It’s a testament to Garcia’s talent that Rene, the testy curmudgeon that he is, never loses the empathy of viewers. We cheer him on when he gets the courage to act on his feelings for a younger man and grieve with him when he loses a loved one. And in the end, when he decides to turn a new leaf in his twilight, we, too, wish to have the desire to face life head on even in old age.” – SCL

“It’s hard to beat Eddie Garcia’s tragicomic turn in Bwakaw.” – Rito Asilo

  1. Joel Torre, On the Job (2013)

2 Joel OTJ

Character:  Mario Maghari aka Tatang, a prisoner hired as an assassin

“It is in Torre’s crackerjack portrayal that the film finds its soul—he is ruthless one minute and vulnerable the next, and he juggles those emotions with audacious believability. Watch how the 52-year-old actor knocks his final scene with Anderson out of the thespic ballpark—as they forge their friendship with a shocking gesture of sacrifice!” – Rito Asilo

“Torre schools younger, studlier co-stars in acting by showing that you don’t have to look the part of an action star to deliver a knockout performance – you only have to fully inhabit the character and make sure that you’re playing not just a role but a whole, complex human being. Viewers saw that in Torre’s morally hollow Tatang yet fully understood him nonetheless.” – SCL

  1. Nora Aunor, Thy Womb (2012)

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Character: Shaleha, a Badjao midwife who helps her husband search for a second wife

“Aunor’s silent but intensely immersive portrayal. Nora will break your heart as her world-weary face lights up at the film’s final fade. Like the movie itself, Shaleha doesn’t know the fate that awaits her after she delivers Mersila’s baby, but the evocative eyes of the legendary actress who portrays her do!” – Rito Asilo

“Much has been said about Aunor’s eyes that speak volumes, and director Brillante Mendoza utilizes them to the hilt with numerous close-ups. But more than the eyes, it’s Aunor’s body language here that makes her performance captivating. She has fully inhabited the role of a barren midwife and completely understood the verité style favored by Mendoza that you don’t see her act. It’s as if every line she says is something she herself, not the scriptwriter, has thought of. For a movie legend to completely disappear in a role is such a daunting task, but Aunor makes it look so damn easy.” – SCL

“La Aunor succeeded as she gracefully disappeared into her character without much vocal calisthenics or excessive physical artifice.” – Cathy Peña

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INDIVIDUAL BALLOTS

PART 1: Nos. 100 to 81

PART 2: Nos. 80 to 61

PART 3: Nos. 60 to 41

PART 4: Nos. 40 to 21

PART 5: Nos. 20 to 11

Best Performances of the Decade (Individual Ballots)

Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

  1. Eddie Garcia, Bwakaw
  2. Vilma Santos, Ekstra
  3. Nora Aunor, Thy Womb
  4. Agot Isidro, Mga Anino ng Kahapon
  5. Jericho Rosales, Alagwa
  6. Joel Torre, OTJ
  7. Angelica Panganiban, Beauty in a Bottle
  8. Dennis Trillo, The Janitor
  9. Angel Aquino, Huling Cha-cha ni Anita
  10. Eugene Domingo, Barber’s Tales

The rest of the list is unranked:

Aga Muhlach, In The Name of Love
Aga Muhlach, Of All The Things
Alden Richards, The Road
Alessandra de Rossi, Baybayin
Alessandra de Rossi, Mauban
Ama Quiambao, Diablo
Andy Bais, Violator
Angel Locsin, One More Try
Angeli Bayani, Bwaya
Angeli Bayani, Norte
Angelica Panganiban, Here Comes The Bride
Angelica Panganiban, That Thing Called Tadhana
Anne Curtis, The Gifted
Annicka Dolonius, Ang Nawawala
Anthony Falcon, Requieme
Art Acuna, Nino
Art Acuna, Posas
Assunta de Rossi, Baybayin
Barbie Forteza, Mariquina
Bea Alonzo, 4 Sisters and a Wedding
Bea Alonzo, Sa ‘Yo Lamang
Bembol Roco, Isda
Bing Pimentel, Mariquina
Carmina Villaroel, The Road
Che Ramos, Mariquina
Cherie Gil, Sonata
Cherry Pie Picache, Isda
Clara Ramona, In Nomine Matris
Coco Martin, Noy
Daniel Fernando, Suntok Sa Buwan
Dante Rivero, 1st Ko So 3rd
Dawn Zulueta, Ang Nawawala
Dingdong Dantes, One More Try
Dolphy, Rosario
Donna Gimeno, Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria
Edgar Allan Guzman, Ligo Na U
Erich Gonzales, Once a Princess
Ericka Villongco, Relaks, It’s Just Pag-ibig
Eugene Domingo, Babae Sa Septic Tank
Eugene Domingo, Here Comes The Bride
Eula Valdez, Dagitab
Fides Cuyugan Asencio, Nino
Gina Alajar, Mater Dolorosa
Gina Alajar, Sigwa
Hazel Orencio, Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon
Jasmine Curtis Smith, Transit

Joey Paras, Babagwa
Joey Paras, Bwakaw
John Lloyd Cruz, Miss You Like Crazy
Jennylyn Mercado, Rosario
Jodi Sta Maria, Third World Happy
Joel Torre, Kabisera
Joel Torre, OTJ
John Lloyd Cruz, The Trial
Junjun Quintana, A Philippino Story
KC Concepcion, Boy Golden
Kristoffer King, Ad Ignorantiam
Kristoffer King, Oros
Krystle Valentino, Purok 7
Lilia Cintapay, Six Degrees of Separation From Lilia Cuntapay
LJ Reyes, Intoy Syokoy
Lovi Poe, Mayohan
Maja Salvador, Thelma
Mark Gil, A Philippino Story
Mark Gil, Amok
Martin Escudero, Zombadings
Matt Daclan, Soap Opera
Meryl Soriano, Donor
Migs Cuaderno, Purok 7
Mimi Juareza, Quick Change
Mylene Dizon, Aparisyon
Natileigh Sitoy, Soap Opera
Nora Aunor, Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti
Nova Villa, 1st Ko Si 3rd
Pauleen Luna, Gaydar
Pilar Pilapil, Leona Calderon
Ping Medina, Transit
Raquel Villavicencio, Aparisyon
Raquel Villavicencio, Bisperas
Ricky Davao, Mariquina
Ricky Davao, Rosario
Ronaldo Valdez, The Mistress
Ronnie Lazaro, Ishmael
Rustica Carpio, Ano Ang Kulay Ng Mga Nakalimutang Pangarap?
Sandino Martin, Esprit de Corps
Sef Cadayona, Slumber Party
Shamaine Buencamino, Nino
Sid Lucero, Muli
TJ Trinidad, Mga Anino ng Kahapon
Tommy Abuel, Of All The Things
Vivian Velez, Bendor

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Skilty Labastilla (Pinoy Rebyu)

  1. Sid Lucero, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
  2. Angel Locsin, One More Try
  3. Joel Torre, On the Job
  4. Bing Pimentel, Mariquina
  5. Dido dela Paz, Amok
  6. Shamaine Centenera Buencamino, Lorna
  7. Kristoffer King, Oros
  8. Nora Aunor, Thy Womb
  9. Lovi Poe, Mayohan
  10. Fe Virtudazo-Hyde, Sheika
  11. Eddie Garcia, Bwakaw
  12. Jericho Rosales, Alagwa
  13. Bea Alonzo, The Mistress
  14. Vilma Santos, Ekstra
  15. Jhong Hilario, Badil
  16. Art Acuña, Niño
  17. Maria Veronica Santiago, Pascalina
  18. Angel Locsin, Unofficially Yours
  19. Raymond Bagatsing, Boundary
  20. John Lloyd Cruz, Unofficially Yours
  21. Krystle Valentino, Purok 7
  22. Angelica Panganiban, Beauty in a Bottle
  23. Eugene Domingo, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank
  24. Annicka Dolonius, Ang Nawawala
  25. Angelica Panganiban, Here Comes the Bride
  26. Ronnie Lazaro, Boundary
  27. Joel Torre, Kabisera
  28. Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Niño
  29. Dick Israel , Badil
  30. Eula Valdez, Dagitab
  31. Yul Servo, Pusang Gala
  32. Lovi Poe, Sana Dati
  33. Janice de Belen, Pusang Gala
  34. Anthony Falcon, Requieme
  35. Fides Cuyugan Asensio, Niño
  36. Jean Garcia, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa
  37. Che Ramos, Mariquina
  38. Carlo Aquino, Porno
  39. Angeli Bayani, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
  40. Eugene Domingo, Barber’s Tales
  41. Martin Escudero, Zombadings
  42. Lilia Cuntapay, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay
  43. Sid Lucero, Muli
  44. Olga Natividad, Mga Dayo
  45. Cherrie Pie Picache, Isda
  46. Eugene Domingo, Instant Mommy
  47. Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Transit
  48. Carla Abellana, Punerarya
  49. Jodi Sta. Maria, Third World Happy
  50. Mark Gil, Amok
  51. Gina Alajar, Mater Dolorosa
  52. Coco Martin, Sta. Niña
  53. Barbie Forteza, Mariquina
  54. LJ Reyes, Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino
  55. Edgar Allan Guzman, Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me
  56. Kim Chiu, Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo?
  57. Shamaine Centenera Buencamino, Requieme!
  58. Carlo Aquino, Mater Dolorosa
  59. Jodi Sta. Maria, Aparisyon
  60. Alex Medina, Babagwa
  61. Vivian Velez, Bendor
  62. Gladys Reyes, Barber’s Tales
  63. Joel Torre, Siglo ng Pagluluwal
  64. TJ Trinidad, Sana Dati
  65. Art Acuña, Posas
  66. Raquel Villavicencio, Bisperas
  67. Diana Zubiri, Bahay Bata
  68. Archie Alemania, Slumber Party
  69. Rita Avila, Magdamag
  70. Mimi Juareza, Quick Change
  71. Rocco Nacino, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa
  72. Cherie Gil, Sonata
  73. Mark Gil, A Philippino Story
  74. Ronaldo Valdez, The Mistress
  75. JM de Guzman, Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino
  76. Patrick Sugui, The Animals
  77. Ricky Davao, Mariquina
  78. Alfred Vargas, Supremo
  79. Eden Villarba, Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria
  80. Nikki Gil, Badil
  81. Kean Cipriano, Madaling Araw, Mahabang Gabi
  82. Chynna Ortaleza, #Y
  83. Sylvia Sanchez, The Trial
  84. Kenneth Ocampo, Muli
  85. Alessandra de Rossi, Sta. Niña
  86. Orlando Sol, Bamboo Flowers
  87. Junjun Quintana, A Philippino Story
  88. Angel Aquino, Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita
  89. Gregg Tecson, Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria
  90. Nonie Buencamino, Dagitab
  91. Maricar Reyes, Anatomiya ng Korupsiyon
  92. Enchong Dee, Tuhog
  93. Kristoffer King, Ad Ignorantiam
  94. Nicholas Varela, Aberya
  95. Sam Concepcion, I Do Bidoo Bidoo
  96. Bangs Garcia, Lauriana
  97. Tuesday Vargas, Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin
  98. Angelica Panganiban, That Thing Called Tadhana
  99. Lav Diaz, Lorna
  100. Arnold Reyes, Kasal

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Fidel Medel (Pixelated Popcorn, former PEP film reviewer)

1 Fe Hyde, Sheika
2 Nora Aunor, Thy Womb
3 Joel Torre, Kabisera
4 John Arcilla, Metro Manila
5 Dwight Gaston, The Arrival
6 Cherry Pie Picache, Isda
7 Lilia Cuntapay, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay
8 Mart Escudero, Zombadings
9 Arnold Reyes, Graceland
10 Angelica Panganiban, Here Comes the Bride
11 Joel Torre, On The Job
12 Lovi Poe, Sana Dati
13 Ai-Ai De Las Alas, Ronda
14 Eddie Garcia, Bwakaw
15 Ricky Davao, Mariquina
16 Irma Adlawan, Transit
17 Sheenly Gener, Nakabibinging Kadiliman
18 Krystle Valentino, Purok 7
19 Shamaine Buencamino, Nino
20 Eugene Domingo, Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank
21 Mylene Dizon, Aparisyon
22 Raquel Villavicencio, Nino
23 Angel Aquino, Ang Huling Cha-Cha Ni Anita
24 Shamaine Buencamino, REquieme!
25 Mylene Dizon, Mariquina
26 Anthony Falcon, REquieme!
27 Joey Paras, Babagwa
28 Art Acuna, Kabisera
29 Bea Alonzo, The Mistress
30 John Lloyd Cruz, The Mistress
31 TJ Trinidad, Sana Dati
32 Jhong Hilario, Badil
33 Eden Villarba, Ang Damgo Ni Eleuteria
34 Jean Garcia, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa
35 Mimi Juareza, Quick Change
36 Archie Alemania, Norte
37 Nicco Manalo, The Janitor
38 Mailes Kanapi, Norte
39 Vilma Santos, Ekstra
40 Chyna Hortaleza, #Y
41 Sheen Gener, Walang Katapusang Kwarto
42 Janice de Belen, Mga Mumunting Lihim
43 Nathaniel Britt, Sundalong Kanin
44 Sid Lucero, Norte
45 Cherie Gil, Sonata
46 Angeli Bayani, Norte
47 Eula Valdez, Dagitab
48 Nico Antonio, Posas
49 Raquel Villavicencio, Aparisyon
50 Dido dela Paz, Amok
51 Marc Abaya, Dagim
52 Bugoy Carino, Alagwa
53 Ronnie Lazaro, Ishmael
54 Ronnie Lazaro, Boundary
55 Raymond Bagatsing, Boundary
56 Martin del Rosario, Dagitab
57 Pen Medina, Layang Bilanggo
58 Paolo O’ Hara, Sundalong Kanin
59 Publio Briones, My Paranormal Romance
60 Art Acuna, Nino
61 Arnel Ignacio, Melodrama Negra
62 Dimples Romana, Blue Bustamante
63 Jodi Sta. Maria, Third World Happy
64 Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Nino
65 Irma Adlawan, Vox Populi
66 Meryll Soriano, Donor
67 Bembol Roco, Isda
68 Paulo Avelino, Ang Sayaw Ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa
69 Gina Alajar, Mater Dolorosa
70 Dulce, Emir
71 Dominic Roco, Ang Nawawala
72 Jasmine Curtis, Transit
73 Donna Gimeno, Ang Damgo Ni Eleuteria
74 Ama Quiambao, Diablo
75 LJ Reyes, The Leaving
76 Irma Adlawan, Sta. Nina
77 Tessie Tomas, The Red Shoes
78 Marc Justine Alvarez, Transit
79 Coco Martin, Sta. Nina
80 Anita Linda, Sta. Nina
81 Che Ramos, Faculty
82 Alessandra De Rossi, Ka Oryang
83 Ruby Ruiz, Ekstra
84 Jericho Rosales, Alagwa
85 Marvin Agustin, Sigwa

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Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

  1. Sid Lucero, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
  2. Fe GingGing Hyde, Sheika
  3. Nora Aunor, Thy Womb
  4. Joel Torre, Kabisera
  5. Pen Medina, Kamera Obskura
  6. Jodie Sta. Maria, Chassis
  7. Max Eigenmann, Rigodon
  8. Arnalyn Ismael, Halaw
  9. JM de Guzman, Pintakasi
  10. Olga Natividad, Mga Dayo
  11. Joel Torre, OTJ
  12. Sid Lucero, Muli
  13. Meryll Soriano, Donor
  14. Kristoffer King, Oros
  15. Mark Gil, Philippino Story
  16. Martin Escudero, Zombadings
  17. Angelica Panganiban, Here Comes the Bride
  18. Anthony Falcon, Requieme
  19. Jess Mendoza, The Natural Phenomenon of Madness
  20. Fides Cuyugan-Asensio, Niño
  21. Donna Gimeno, Ang Damgo Ni Eleuteria
  22. Irma Adlawan, Transit
  23. Matt Daclan, Soap Opera
  24. LJ Reyes, Intoy Syokoy
  25. Rocco Nacino, Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa
  26. Wildredo Layug, Dukit
  27. Ruby Ruiz, Ekstra
  28. Archie Alemania, Slumber Party
  29. Lovi Poe, Sana Dati
  30. Eugene Domingo, Barber’s Tales
  31. Maria Veronica Santiago, Pascalina
  32. Pen Medina, Layang Bilanggo
  33. Andy Bais, Violator
  34. Vilma Santos, Ekstra
  35. Alwyn Uytingco, The Leaving
  36. Sue Prado, Mga Dayo
  37. Carla Abellana Shake, Rattle and Roll 12 (Punerarya)
  38. Felix Roco, Shift
  39. Raymond Bagatsing, Boundary
  40. Jimmy Santos, Bang Bang Alley
  41. Rustica Carpio, Ano ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap?
  42. Bor Ocampo, Dukit
  43. Jandro Asuncion, Kordero sa Dios
  44. Eula Valdez, Dagitab
  45. Shamaine Buencamino, Niño
  46. Carlo Aquino, Porno
  47. Eddie Garcia, Bwakaw
  48. Julio Diaz, Magkakapatid
  49. Ronnie Lazaro, Boundary
  50. Shamaine Buencamino, Lorna
  51. Arron Villaflor, Astro Mayabang
  52. Opaline Santos, The Natural Phenomenon of Madness
  53. Joem Bascon, QWERTY
  54. Alex Medina, Babagwa
  55. Liza Dino, In Nomine Matris
  56. Sandino Martin, Esprit de Corps
  57. Rita Avila, Magdamag
  58. Nicholas Varela, Aberya
  59. Dominic Roco, Ang Nawawala
  60. Junjun Quintana, Bingoleras
  61. Agot Isidro, Mga Anino ng Kahapon
  62. Art Acuña, Posas
  63. Aga Muhlach, Of All the Things
  64. Raquel Villavicencio, Niño
  65. Buboy Villar, Children’s Show
  66. Kristofer Martin, Oros
  67. Gina Alajar, Mater Dolorosa
  68. Alessandra de Rossi, Ka Oryang
  69. Ronnie Quizon, Rekorder
  70. Jericho Rosales, Alagwa
  71. Sarah Geronimo, Catch Me I’m In Love
  72. Angelica Panganiban, That Thing Called Tadhana
  73. John Lapus, I Do Bidoo Bidoo
  74. Ronnie Lazaro, Ishmael
  75. Sam Milby, Third World Happy
  76. Alfred Vargas, Teoriya
  77. Angel Locsin, One More Try
  78. Edgar Allan, Guzman Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me
  79. Angeli Bayani, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
  80. Angel Aquino, Huling Chacha ni Anita
  81. Arnold Reyes, Kasal
  82. Alchris Galura, Ang Nawawala
  83. Coney Reyes, Four Weddings and a Wedding
  84. Martin del Rosario, Dagitab
  85. Shamaine Buencamino, Maskara
  86. Julia Clarete, Bisperas
  87. Carla Abellana, So It’s You
  88. Barbie Forteza, Mariquina
  89. Sef Cadayona, Slumber Party
  90. Gloria Sevilla, Boy Golden
  91. Annicka Dolonius, Ang Nawawala
  92. Mylene Dizon, Aparisyon
  93. Jhong Hilario, Badil
  94. Kalila Aguilos, Emir
  95. Andi Eigenmann, Pridyider
  96. John Pratts, Sitio
  97. JM de Guzman, Rekrut
  98. Erich Gonzales, Mariposa: Sa Hawla ng Gabi
  99. Max Eigenmann, Bingoleras
  100. Agot Isidro, Mga Mumunting Lihim

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Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever Carl)

1 Lilia Cuntapay, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay
2 Fe Ginging Hyde, Sheika
3 Dick Israel, Badil
4 Neil Ryan Sese, Di Natatapos ang Gabi
5 Fides Cuyugan Asensio, Nino
6 Angelica Panganiban, That Thing Called Tadhana
7 Angelina Kanapi, Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio
8 Olga Natividad, Mga Dayo
9 Arron Villaflor, Astro Mayabang
10 Sid Lucero, Muli
11 Krystle Valentino, Purok 7
12 Jess Mendoza, The Natural Phenomenon of Madness
13 Martin Escudero, Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington
14 Jean Garcia, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa
15 Arnalyn Ismael, Halaw
16 Sue Prado, Mga Dayo
17 Nicholas Varela, Aberya
18 Dominic Roco, Ang Nawawala
19 Irma Adlawan, Vox Populi
20 Annicka Dolonius, Ang Nawawala
21 Angeli Bayani, Norte Ang Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
22 Eddie Garcia, Bwakaw
23 Cherry Pie Picache, Isda
24 Meryl Soriano, Donor
25 Nonie Buencamino, Dagitab
26 Eden Villarba, Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria Kirschbaum
27 Ricky Davao, Mariquina
28 Baron Geisler, Donor
29 Alex Medina, Babagwa
30 Geraldine Villamil, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay
31 Rustica Carpio, Ano Ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap?
32 Nora Aunor, Thy Womb
33 Eugene Domingo, Barber’s Tales
34 Joy Viado, MNL 143
35 Ina Feleo, Maskara
36 Eugene Domingo, Instant Mommy
37 Eula Valdez, Dagitab
38 Irma Adlawan, Sta Nina
39 Jodi Sta. Maria, Aparisyon
40 Shamaine Buencamino Centenera, Nino
41 Barbie Forteza, Mariquina
42 Jasmine Curtis Smith, Transit
43 Opaline Santos, The Natural Phenomenon of Madness
44 Gina Alajar, Mater Dolorosa
45 Marc Justine Alvarez, Transit
46 Joey Paras, Babagwa
47 Jhong Hilario, Badil
48 Greg Tecson, Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria Kirschbaum
49 Patrick Sugui, The Animals
50 Arnel Ignacio, Melodrama Negra
51 Chynna Ortaleza, #Y
52 Hazel Orencio, Siglo ng Pagluluwal
53 Art Acuna, Nino
54 Jodi Sta. Maria, Chassis
55 Allan Paule, MNL 143
56 Angel Aquino, Porno
57 Anita Linda, Sta Nina
58 Vilma Santos, Ekstra
59 Joel Torre, OTJ
60 Mylene Dizon, Aparisyon
61 Tuesday Vargas, Ang Turkey Man ay Pabo Din
62 Anita Linda, Presa
63 Joel Torre, Kabisera
64 Archie Alemana, Norte Ang Hangganan ng Kasaysayaan
65 Spanky Manikad, Alienasyon
66 Teri Malvar, Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita
67 Bembol Roco, Isda
68 Ama Quiambao, Diablo
69 Bing Pimentel, Mariquina
70 Nicco Manalo, San Lazaro
71 Angelica Panganiban, Here Comes the Bride
72 Karl Medina, Bwaya
73 Joey Marquez, OTJ
74 John Arcilla, Halaw
75 Sid Lucero, Norte Ang Hangganan ng Kasaysayan
76 Arnold Reyes, Kasal
77 Kristofer King, Oros
78 Maria Veronica Santiago, Pascalina
79 Felix Roco, Ang Nawawala
80 Eugene Domingo, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank
81 Coleen Garcia, #Y
82 Martin del Rosario, Dagitab
83 Janice de Belen, Mga Mumunting Lihim
84 Carlo Aquino, Mater Dolorosa
85 Albie Casino, The Animals
86 Angeli Bayani, Bwaya
87 Leo Martinez, Tuhog
88 Alden Richards, The Road
89 Joey Marquez, Tiktik The Aswang Chronicles
90 Angel Aquino, Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita
91 Mimi Juareza, Quick Change
92 Fe Gingging Hyde, Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Gabing Madilim
93 Agot Isidro, Mga Mumunting Lihim
94 Coco Martin, Noy
95 Carlo Aquino, Porno
96 Roderick Paulate, Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington
97 Regine Velasquez, Of All the Things
98 Cherie Gil, Sonata
99 Rocco Nacino, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa
100 Carmina Villaroel, The Road

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Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

  1. Eugene Domingo – Ang Babae sa Septic Tank
  2. Vilma Santos – Ekstra
  3. Nora Aunor – Thy Womb
  4. Joel Torre – On the Job
  5. Angelica Panganiban – Beauty in a Bottle/ That Thing Called Tadhana
  6. Eddie Garcia – Bwakaw
  7. Eula Valdez – Dagitab
  8. Mimi Juareza – Quick Change
  9. LJ Reyes – Intoy Syokoy sa Kalye Marino
  10. Matt Daclan – Soap Opera

Note: I was mulling over my choices and seriously thought about Eugene Domingo’s role in “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank”. It was a high-wire act that showcased Domingo’s versatility. The degree of difficulty is considerable: there’s drama, comedy and even a dash of musical. There’s even social statement thrown into the fray – and they all worked quite well. When I am faced with a tough decision (should it be Nora, Vilma or Eugene?), I try resorting to an educated decision; an academic criteria, if you will, to get a more objective result. If this were a point-system, Domingo will get all the points ticked. As for Angelica Panganiban, how can anyone choose between her two films: “Beauty in a Bottle” and “That Thing Called Tadhana”? They’re companion pieces. Matt Daclan is just fantastic in “Soap Opera”, a major find for 2014 and deserves to be in this list. The rest of my top 100 are unranked.

1. Aga Muhlach – “In the Name of Love”
2. Aga Muhlach – “Of All the Things”
3. Agot Isidro – “Mga Anino ng Kahapon”
4. Alessandra de Rossi – “Mauban: Ang Resiko”
5. Alessandra de Rossi – “Relaks… It’s Just Pag Ibig”
6. Ama Quiambao – “Diablo”
7. Ananda Everingham – “Kalayaan”
8. Andy Bais – “Violator”
9. Angel Aquino – “Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita”
10. Angel Locsin – “In the Name of Love”
11. Angel Locsin – “One More Try”
12. Angeli Bayani – “Bwaya”
13. Angeli Bayani – “Iloilo”
14. Angelica Panganiban – “Beauty in a Bottle”
15. Angelica Panganiban – “Here Comes the Bride”
16. Angelica Panganiban – “One More Try”
17. Angelica Panganiban – “That Thing Called Tadhana”
18. Annicka Dolonius – “Ang Nawawala”
19. Art Acuna – “Posas”
20. Barbie Forteza – “Mariquina”
21. Bea Alonzo – “The Mistress”
22. Bing Loyzaga – “Dementia”
23. Bing Pimentel – “Kabisera”
24. Bing Pimentel – “Mariquina”
25. Carla Abellana- “Shake, Rattle & Roll 12: Punerarya”
26. Carmina Villaroel – “The Road”
27. Cherrie Pie Picache – “Isda”
28. Cherry Gil – “Sonata”
29. Coco Martin – “Santa Nina”
30. Coleen Garcia – “#Y”
31. Daniel Fernando – “Suntok sa Buwan”
32. Dante Rivero – “1st Ko si Third”
33. Dante Rivero – “The Janitor”
34. Dennis Trillo – “Ang Katiwala”
35. Dennis Trillo – “The Janitor”
36. Diana Zubiri – “Bantay Bata”
37. Dingdong Dantes – “One More Try”
38. Dingdong Dantes – “Segunda Mano”
39. Eddie Garcia – “Bwakaw”
40. Erich Gonzales – “Once a Princess”
41. Eugene Domingo – “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank”
42. Eugene Domingo – “Barber’s Tales”
43. Eula Valdez – “Dagitab”
44. Frenchescka Farr – “Emir”
45. Garry Lim – “Amok”
46. Gladys Reyes – “Barber’s Tale”
47. Gloria Sevilla – “Boy Golden”
48. Hilda Koronel – “The Mistress”
49. J.C. Santos – “Esprit de Corps”
50. Jake Cuenca – “Lihis”
51. Jake Cuenca – “Nuwebe”
52. Janice de Belen – “Pridyider”
53. Jasmine Curtis-Smith – “Dementia”
54. Jasmine Curtis-Smith – “Transit”
55. Jennylyn Mercado – “Rosario”
56. Jericho Rosales – “Alagwa”
57. Jess Mendoza – “Mauban: Ang Resiko”
58. Ji-Soo Kim – “Seoul Mates”
59. JM de Guzman – “That Thing Called Tadhana”
60. Jodi Santa Maria – “Third World Happy”
61. Joel Lamangan – “Violator”
62. Joel Torre – “Kabisera”
63. Joel Torre – “On the Job”
64. Joey Paras – “Last Supper No. 3”
65. John Lloyd Cruz – “Unofficially Yours”
66. John Lloyd Cruz – “The Trial”
67. John Regala – “Zombadings I: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington”
68. Kathryn Bernardo – “Shake, Rattle & Roll 13: Parola”
69. Kristoffer King – “Ad Ignorantiam”
70. Kristoffer Martin – “Oros”
71. LJ Reyes – “Intoy Syokoy sa Kalye Marino”
72. Lou Veloso – Tigbao
73. Lovi Poe – “Soap Opera”
74. Lovi Poe – “Temptation Island”
75. Mark Gil – “Amok”
76. Martin del Rosario – “Dagitab”
77. Martin Escudero – “Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington”
78. Matt Daclan – “Soap Opera”
79. Mimi Juareza – “Quick Change”
80. Nataleigh Sitoy – “Soap Opera”
81. Nicholas Varela – “Aberya”
82. Nora Aunor – “Ang Kuwento ni Mabuti”
83. Nora Aunor – “Hustisya”
84. Nora Aunor – “Thy Womb”
85. Odette Khan – “Shake, Rattle & Roll 12: Punerarya”
86. Pauleen Luna – Gaydar
87. Pen Medina – “Layang Bilanggo”
88. Pilar Pilapil – Leona Calderon
89. Ricky Davao – “Mariquina”
90. Ronaldo Valdez – “The Mistress”
91. Rustica Carpio – Ano Ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap?
92. Sandino Martin, “Dagitab”
93. Sandino Martin, “Esprit de Corps”
94. Sandino Martin, “Unfriend”
95. Sandy Talag – Lilet Never Happened
96. Shamaine Buencamino, “Lorna “
97. Sid Lucero – “Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan”
98. Teri Malvar – “Ang Huling Cha cha ni Anita”
99. Toni Gonzaga – “Starting Over Again”
100. Vilma Santos – “Ekstra”

MULTIPLE MENTIONS 

By Film Mentions
Niño 4 Asensio, 13; Buencamino, 14; Acuña, 52; Villavicencio, 93;
Mariquina 3 Davao, 21; Forteza, 25; Pimentel, 37
Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan 3 Lucero, 10; Bayani, 19; Alemania, 98
Dagitab 3 Valdez, 5; del Rosario, 42; Buencamino, 97
Ang Nawawala 3 Dolonius, 22; D. Roco, 56; F. Roco, 99
Isda 2 Picache, 17; Roco, 70
Boundary 2 Bagatsing, 49; Lazaro, 51
Transit 2 Curtis Smith, 24; Adlawan, 83
Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa 2 Garcia, 47; Nacino, 63
Babagwa 2 Medina, 50; Paras, 62
Badil 2 Hilario, 33; Israel, 81
Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria 2 Villarba, 53; Gimeno, 65
Requieme 2 Falcon, 32; Buencamino, 90
Mga Dayo 2 Natividad, 45; Prado, 82
The Mistress 2 Alonzo, 55; Valdez, 75
Aparisyon 2 Dizon, 39; Sta. Maria, 91
Sana Dati 2 Poe, 46; Trinidad, 96
Amok 2 Gil, 71; Dela Paz, 86
The Natural Phenomenon of Madness 2 Mendoza, 80; Santos, 88
By Actor
Angelica Panganiban 3 Here Comes the Bride, 11; Tadhana, 15; Beauty in a Bottle, 44
Eugene Domingo 3 Barber’s Tales, 9; Septic Tank, 12; Instant Mommy, 87
Shamaine Buencamino 3 Niño, 14; Lorna, 54; Requieme, 90
Jodi Sta. Maria 3 Third World Happy, 40; Chassis, 84; Aparisyon, 91
Joel Torre 2 OTJ, 2; Kabisera, 7
Sid Lucero 2 Norte, 10; Muli, 29
Art Acuña 2 Posas, 41; Niño, 52
Kristoffer King 2 Oros, 18; Ignorantiam, 76
Ronnie Lazaro 2 Boundary, 51; Ishmael, 69
Mark Gil 2 Philippino Story, 61; Amok, 71
Lovi Poe 2 Sana Dati, 46; Mayohan, 95
Irma Adlawan 2 Transit, 83; Vox Populi, 92
Archie Alemania 2 Slumber Party, 89; Norte, 98

Best Performances of the Decade So Far (20-11)

  1. Mimi Juareza, Quick Change (2013)

20 Mimi Quick Change

Character: Dorina Pineda, a transwoman running an illegal cosmetic-surgery business

“The idiosyncratic Quick Change fields superlative portrayals from its whole ensemble, led by Mimi Juareza in an indelible, career-making performance.” – Rito Asilo

“Mimi Juareza’s brave performance in Quick Change should make all gender-specific Best Actor/Best Actress categories irrelevant. As Dorina, a transgender who beautifies fellow transgenders by injecting their skins with a dangerous black-market substance, Juareza is all woman, even with that thing dangling between her legs. As the film’s lead character, it would have been very tempting for Juareza to upstage the many colorful supporting characters surrounding her by playing it big, but she refuses that easy route and goes instead for the subtle approach, imbuing Dorina with a quiet grace even as she shows us her character’s silent suffering as her world slowly unravels.” – SCL

  1. Angeli Bayani, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (2013)

19 Angeli Norte

Character: Eliza, wife of a man wrongfully accused of murder

Bayani’s trademark serene underacting is given full focus whenever she’s in a Lav Diaz film and it’s clearly evident here as she plays a suffering mother at her wit’s end. Despite her small frame, she lends Eliza a solemn dignity and pride.

  1. Kristoffer King, Oros (2012)

18 Kristoffer Oros

Character: Makoy, a saklaan operator who prolongs funerals so he can make more money

“The film is buoyed by the natural grace of King, who’s fantastic. He navigates Baseco as though he isn’t acting.” – Cathy Peña

“King defines naturalistic acting so much that you will second-guess yourself whether you’re watching a fictional film or a documentary. Acting coaches would benefit from using Oros as instruction material.” – SCL

  1. Cherry Pie Picache, Isda (2011)

17 Cherrie Pie Isda

Character: Lina, a woman living in a dumpsite who gives birth to a fish

“Carrying her ‘fish child’ around with a desperate sense of affection has got to be one of the hardest things to parlay.” – Cathy Peña

“Kahit wala s’yang masyadong ipinakitang bago, na-maintain naman n’ya ‘yung pagiging consistent sa delivery. Hindi n’ya nilagyan ng butas ang storytelling na maaaring kasingitan ng pagkutya mula sa audience. Natatawa ang manonood hindi dahil sa kanyang dilemma kundi sa irony ng kanyang sitwasyon.” – Manuel Pangaruy

  1. Jericho Rosales, Alagwa (2012)

16 Jericho Alagwa

Character: Robert Lim, a widowed father of a young boy who goes missing

“Rosales finds his best role yet in Robert. He’s in almost every scene yet he never once hits a false note. It helps that he has great chemistry with Bugoy Cariño who plays his son.” – SCL

  1. Angelica Panganiban, That Thing Called Tadhana (2014)

15 Angelica Tadhana3

Character:  Mace Castillo, a young woman who finds solace from her heartbreak in a kind stranger

Straddling that fine line between comedy and drama in a single film can be a tricky job. A common tendency of actors is to magnify the extremes to showcase their range. Panganiban wisely downplays her efforts in generating laughter or tears from viewers by just playing it right, respecting the character’s realness and relatability.

“All of Panganiban’s previous roles prepared her for her performance as Mace. Panganiban expertly pulls back her usual babaeng bakla antics and does not go the all-the-way commercial-melodrama route to create a perfect portrait of a recovering heartbroken woman.” – Carl Joseph Papa

  1. Shamaine Centenera Buencamino, Niño (2011)

14 Shamaine Nino

Character: Merced, a spinster who reluctantly takes on the burden of taking care of her aging mother and bedridden uncle in a household sliding to ruin

For Buencamino, considered by many as a goddess of modern Philippine theater, no role is too small. As a family caregiver with burdens of her own, she effortlessly slides into her character, essaying an empathetic performance that will be remembered in years to come.

  1. Fides Cuyugan Asensio, Niño (2011)

13 Fides Nino

Character: Celia, once the darling of Philippine opera, who holds a tertulia, inviting her aging opera singer friends, as a last-ditch effort to awaken her bedridden brother

“Asensio gave the best performance in 2011’s Cinemalaya, and it is saddening that she does not get the recognition she deserves. She was an all-around threat. She is perfect in the role: she is funny, she is heartbreaking, and she sings REAAAAALLLY beautifully. I can go all day singing her praises.” – Carl Joseph Papa

  1. Eugene Domingo, Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (2011)

12 Eugene Septic Tank

Character: Herself as a wealthy movie star who gets cast as Mila, an impoverished mother of seven

“It was a high-wire act that showcased Domingo’s versatility. The degree of difficulty is considerable: there’s drama, comedy and even a dash of musical. There’s even social statement thrown into the fray – and they all worked quite well.” – Cathy Peña

“Sa kaso ni Eugene Domingo, wala namang kokontra na s’ya lang ang maaaring maka-pull off ng ganitong materyal.” – Manuel Pangaruy

  1. Angelica Panganiban, Here Comes the Bride (2010)

11 Angelica Here Comes

Character: Stephanie, a young bride who gets possessed by the spirit of a flaming queen in a mysterious solar eclipse

“Her wacky antics and over-the-top performance as a babaeng bakla is a spectacle you shouldn’t miss. I’ve never seen such an effective sexy comedienne since Rufa Mae Quinto played the endowed dimwit in Booba and Boobita Rose.” – Fidel Antonio Medel

“Panganiban is once again a revelation. She relishes her lividly gay persona with spirited brio. Her gay-speak deliveries are, in fact, pleasurable linguistic cadences, deliciously frivolous to inspire streetwise mimics. Yes, Angelica is even gayer than John Lapus in his pinkest moments! What a joy!” – Cathy Peña

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PART 1: Nos. 100 to 81

PART 2: Nos. 80 to 61

PART 3: Nos. 60 to 41

PART 4: Nos. 40 to 21

PART 6: Nos. 10 to 1

INDIVIDUAL BALLOTS

Best Performances Of The Decade So Far (Nos. 40-21)

  1. Jodi Sta. Maria, Third World Happy (2010)

40 Jodi 3rd World2

Character: Aylynn, a single mother left behind by her then-boyfriend who migrated to America to follow his dream

As evidenced by her hugely successful turn as Maya in TV soap Be Careful With My Heart, Sta. Maria is very effective in playing the underdog in a romantic pair. In Third World Happy, she embodies that friend we know who got the raw end of the deal in a relationship with a more attractive partner when he left her behind to pursue his dream/another woman.

“In a scene where Aylynn reunites with her runaway boyfriend, Sta.Maria conveys silent anxiety and understated volatile agitation in delicious emotive splendor.” – Cathy Peña

  1. Mylene Dizon, Aparisyon (2012)

39 Mylene Aparisyon

Character: Sister Remy, a young nun who begins to question her Order’s apathy in the face of growing social unrest

Dizon is in her element in headstrong, icy characters (e.g., 100, Mariquina) and she shows it here as a nun who admits culpability for the horror that befell a fellow nun. Her wordless apology scene with the equally brilliant Jodi Sta. Maria is one for the books.

“Si Mylene Dizon ay gamay na gamay ang kontrol sa hinihinging role mula sa kanya.” – Manuel Pangaruy

  1. Angel Locsin, One More Try (2012)

38 Angel One More Try

Character: Grace, a single mother forced to sleep with an ex-boyfriend to save their son

The preposterousness of the film’s premise does not at all diminish Locsin’s tour-de-force interpretation of a mother who would do anything to save the life of her sick son.

  1. Bing Pimentel, Mariquina (2014)

37 Bing Mariquina

Character: Tess, a shoemaker’s business associate who becomes a stepmother to his unappreciative daughter when his wife left

The resurgence of Pimentel’s acting career began in 2013’s Kabisera where she effectively played the conniving wife of a drug mogul, but it is here in Mariquina that she truly showed that the talents of her children (Sid Lucero and Max Eigenmann) are not only inherited from their father, the late Mark Gil. As Ricky Davao’s lover (and, eventually, domestic partner) Pimentel brings grace and class to a character that we otherwise would have despised.

“After seeing Pimentel in last year’s Kabisera, I was not sold. I thought that she was just OK in it. Nothing memorable. But after seeing her in Mariquina, I instantly became a fan. She brought a whole new take on being the mistress.” – Carl Joseph Papa

  1. Rustica Carpio, Ano Ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap? (2013)

36 Rustica Ano ang Kulay

Character: Teresa, an elderly househelp who is about to become homeless after her employers decide to sell their ancestral house

Carpio does not really act in Joey Reyes’ domestic drama: every time she’s in the frame, we project all our empathy towards her character because she reminds us so much of our own grandmothers, and the thought of them being banished from their homes is just too unbearable. Still, Carpio lends the role with a quiet wisdom and dignity.

“Carpio’s quiet scenes and painful realizations tug at viewers’ heartstrings, even without gut-wrenching and declarative ululations of betrayal and grief.” – Rito Asilo

  1. Nicholas Varela, Aberya (2012)

35 Nicholas Aberya2

Character: Mike, a budding drug dealer experimenting with time travel

Varela’s incredibly realistic portrayal of a psychedelic-addled politician’s son makes one wish the four-part film just focused on his segment if only because it’s the most intriguing, and Varela has an arresting screen presence despite his everyman looks.

  1. Meryl Soriano, Donor (2010)

34 Meryl Donor

Character: Lizette, a hard-up young woman who is forced to marry a foreigner so she can sell him one of her kidneys

Soriano’s charismatic presence lends her portrayal of a poor but resourceful woman determined to make ends meet with a mix of resignation and hope.

  1. Jhong Hilario, Badil (2013)

33 Jhong Badil

Character: Lando, a son of a trusted politician’s aide who gets thrown into the dirty world of vote-buying when his father becomes incapacitated

“Lando, as portrayed by the excellently perceptive Hilario, grows before our very eyes from a hesitant fisherman and obedient son to someone who will fight for the loyalty earned by his father from the powers that be.” – SCL

  1. Anthony Falcon, Requieme (2012)

32 Anthony Requieme

Character: Joanna, a transgender woman who runs away from home to live a new life

“Falcon plays Buencamino’s transgender son with just the right mix of restraint and flair that left viewers asking ‘Who is this guy?’ Mainstream actors playing swishy gay guys should study what he did here because there’s not an ounce of caricature in his performance.” – SCL

  1. LJ Reyes, Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino (2012)

31 LJ Intoy Syokoy

Character: Doray, a young woman living in a slum coastal village who sells her body for a living

The prostitute with a heart of gold is pretty much one of cinema’s most tired character clichés but it’s impossible for viewers to not get affected by Reyes’ heartrending turn here. She plays Doray with a certain pluckiness that conceals her crushed soul.

Intoy Syokoy ng Kalye Marino drowns in the suffocating squalor of poverty porn, but LJ Reyes, who plays JM de Guzman’s femme fatale, is a soothing presence—and a lovely revelation.” – Rito Asilo

  1. Krystle Valentino, Purok 7 (2013)

30 Krystle Purok 7

Character: Diana, a pubescent girl left to fend for herself and her little brother when their mother left to work abroad and their father remarried

“Carlo Obispo’s debut feature would have been impressive enough just on the strength of his lyrical, gentle depiction of rural childhood amidst a tragic backdrop, but he knows that for his film to work beautifully as it did, he had to get a young competent actor who will carry the film with aplomb, and the charming, natural Valentino more than lives up to the promise. As the 14 year-old big sister and de-facto mother to a young boy, she has to hold her fort and maintain a sense of normalcy in the face of an impending tragedy and her own burgeoning womanhood. In doing so, she delivers such an honest, winsome, heartbreaking performance.” – SCL

“The film proves that neither a marquee name nor a gorgeous face is crucial for the success of a movie—and every actor has to start somewhere.” – Rito Asilo

  1. Sid Lucero, Muli (2010)

29 Sid Muli

Character: Jun Bernabe, a Baguio hotel manager who enters into a decades-long affair with a married man

“Lucero magnificently plunges head-on into an array of emotions that play out naturally and sympathetically on screen. He is charming, affecting, believable and just astonishing, even in the scenes where he quietly cries.” – Cathy Peña

  1. Lilia Cuntapay, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay (2011)

28 Lilia Six Degrees

Character: Herself, as a life-long bit player who finally gets nominated for an acting award

Contrary to popular opinion, playing oneself onscreen is not as easy as it sounds: the tendency of most actors is to exaggerate the qualities that audiences know they possess. Cuntapay avoids the trap by erasing all self-consciousness from her body and delivering a sincere, heartfelt portrait of an industry outsider finally given the recognition she deserves.

“If I were to base from her previous works, I would not expect that she is a great dramatic actress, and a terrific comedic actress. Playing herself in a mockumentary, she hits every jokes, and was devastatingly heartbreakingly real. It for me was the performance of the year, by any actor. I can only wish that she gets more roles deserving of her talents.” – Carl Joseph Papa

  1. Fe Hyde, Sheika (2010)

27 Fe Sheika

Character: Sheika, a woman whose two sons were killed by a vigilante group

The controversy behind the casting of Sheika is probably as well-known now as the film itself, and it’s evident why so much was at stake: Sheika is a star-making role, and Hyde’s tornado of a performance rightfully embarrassed the people who insisted that director Arnel Mardoquio cast an established actor instead. Hyde’s superb portrayal here is powerful argument that regional cinema needs regional actors.

“Hyde is fierce in Sheika. She goes from protective to vengeful mother in a bat of an eyelash. She is loving, broken, angst-ridden, and out of her mind.” – Fidel Antonio Medel

  1. Cherie Gil, Sonata (2013)

26 Cherie Sonata

Character: Regina Cadena, a washed-up opera singer recuperating in their family hacienda

“The sublime Cherie is superb as her character shuttles between a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown and her weak grip on lucidity—but, her friendship with Jonjon and his teenage friend, Ping (the note-worthy Joshua Pineda), soon nurses her back to sanity! Their raw and riveting portrayals are the film’s antidote against its occasional melodramatic excesses.” – Rito Asilo

“She is larger than life (what diva isn’t?) yet fragile and vulnerable. When a veteran actor like Gil delights in finding the role of her life, we viewers are only too happy for her.” – SCL

  1. Barbie Forteza, Mariquina (2014)

25 Barbie Mariquina

Character: Imelda Guevara, a high-school student coping with her troubled mother’s sudden departure

Imelda Guevara is undoubtedly Forteza’s breakout role. In Mariquina, she personifies the amalgamation of elements that make up our collective high school experience, falling in love, shaping our emerging identities, rebelling against our overprotective parents. And, when one of her parents left, Forteza’s shattered spirit is our own.

“It is such a tremendous performance. At the beginning I thought she would just be a passive character but the story provided her with so much that in lesser actresses would have become melodramatic. In the end Forteza gives her career-high performance at such a young age.” – Carl Joseph Papa

  1. Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Transit (2013)

24 Jasmine Transit

Character: Yael, a teenage daughter of a Filipino migrant worker in Israel

“Curtis-Smith imbues her character with both youthful warmth and mature countenance that viewers gravitate towards.” – SCL

  1. Gina Alajar, Mater Dolorosa (2013)

23 Gina Mater Dolorosa

Character: Lourdes Lagrimas, a single mother who inherits her late husband’s underground empire

“Alajar goes deep into the heart of Lourdes, covers it in metal casing, and goes through life without fearing anyone. Even so, she hasn’t lost her ferocious maternal instinct and when provoked, hell hath no fury indeed.” – SCL

“As matriarch of a crime family, Alajar means business.” – Fidel Antonio Medel

  1. Annicka Dolonius, Ang Nawawala (2012)

22 Annicka Nawawala

Character: Enid, a hipster who seduces a guy and helps him come out of his shell only to break his heart

“Dolonius is a breath of fresh air and is so natural on screen. Even if you root for Enid and Gibson’s romance, you will understand that her world-weary jadedness is not the perfect match to his pure innocence.” – SCL

“Dolonius gives a surprisingly spectacular performance.” – Carl Joseph Papa

“Dolonius is luminous.” – Manuel Pangaruy

“Dolonius is refreshing.” – Rito Asilo

  1. Ricky Davao, Mariquina (2014)

21 Ricky Mariquina

Character: Romeo Guevara, a shoemaker dealing with the consequences of his wife’s departure

Just when we thought that Ricky Davao has already exhausted his talents as an actor, he ups and surprises us with his quietly devastating turn in Milo Sogueco’s melodrama of regret and reconciliation.

“Davao is a Cinemalaya regular. But I have never seen him in such great form before. And of all the performances that I have seen from him, this might be his best, to date.” – Carl Joseph Papa

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PART 1: Nos. 100 to 81

PART 2: Nos. 80 to 61

PART 3: Nos. 60 to 41

PART 5: Nos. 20 to 11

PART 6: Nos. 10 to 1

INDIVIDUAL BALLOTS

Best Performances of the Decade So Far (Nos. 60-41)

  1. Chynna Ortaleza, #Y (2014)

60 Chynna #Y

Character: Abbie, a frazzled suicide hotline operator who is befriended by her caller

Ortaleza’s amiable turn as a hotline operator who goes out of her way to reach out to a troubled teen is a collective wish-fulfillment for our longing for genuine connection in an age of normalized fleeting, often hollow, encounters.

“Though the time she was in was very short, she made the most impact in a cast that was generally good. I kept on wanting to see more of her in the film but she was powerful in those few scenes she was in. That breakdown scene, just on the phone talking, is definitely the highlight of her career.” – Carl Joseph Papa

  1. Carla Abellana, Punerarya (2010)

59 Carla Punerarya

Character: Dianne, a part-time tutor to children of a family that owns a funeral parlor

In probably the shortest lead performance in this list, Abellana proves that a good actor doesn’t need a lot of screen exposure to truly shine. As the beleaguered tutor who slowly learns the real nature of her employers, Abellana ably carries the weight of the movie with her steely resolve.

“A feisty, empathetic heroine – and a ‘star’ is truly born!” – Cathy Peña

  1. Carlo Aquino, Porno (2013)

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Character:  Alex, a playboy porn dubber who gets haunted by an online ghost

Aquino’s haughty, smirking take of a strapping youth who is used to things going his way until he gets served cold vengeance can only be borne out of his experience in the industry honing his craft over the years.

  1. Agot Isidro, Mga Anino ng Kahapon (2013)

57 Agot Anino

Character: Irene, a married nurse suffering from schizophrenia

Isidro knows better than to play a mentally disturbed character with just the typical crazy-normal binary that lesser actors might resort to. She understands the condition from inside out and it shows in her layered, nuanced take on an illness not many are familiar with.

“Stripped of her dignity, Irene’s exasperation is palpable but never over-the-top in Isidro’s delicate thespic handling.” – Rito Asilo

  1. Dominic Roco, Ang Nawawala (2012)

56 Dominic Nawawala

Character:  Gibson Bonifacio, a young man who stops speaking after the death of his twin brother, for which he blames himself

“Dominic Roco delivers a well-limned performance as Gibson, who copes with guilt by going mute after he witnesses the death of his twin brother.” – Rito Asilo

  1. Bea Alonzo, The Mistress (2012)

55 Bea Mistress

Character: Sari, a seamstress who finds herself falling in love with a man who is the son of her much-older boyfriend

“Bea Alonzo, still the most gifted actress of her generation, delectably inhabits Sari with a highly nuanced turn. Her instincts are so fine-tuned she never misses a step.” – Cathy Peña

“As Sari, she is fragile yet assured, flighty yet sensible. It takes great skill to make viewers empathize with a kept woman and Alonzo manages to do just that.” – SCL

“Alonzo manages to make her less-than-likable character sympathetic, even when Sari’s choices don’t feel right.” – Rito Asilo

  1. Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Lorna (2014)

54 Shamaine Lorna

Character: Lorna, a 60-year old woman in search of life’s contentment

Buencamino dives into her character head-on and refuses to come up for air until she has fully grasped Lorna’s essence. She is at turns, funny, sad, sexy, motherly, logical, impetuous, and, above all, all-too-human.

  1. Eden Villarba, Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria (2010)

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Character: A balikbayan cousin of a girl about to marry her foreigner boyfriend

Villarba’s role as a woman giving last-minute advice to her mail-order bride cousin could have been perfunctorily essayed by a less intuitive actor. Villarba attacks it as a small-town diva, complete with an umbrella-carrying servant at her beck and call, who has been there and done it all when she lived in Germany for some time. Her confrontation scenes with a rival sophisticate, the city-bred recruiter of her cousin, are the film’s most hilarious moments.

  1. Art Acuña, Niño (2011)

52 Art Nino

Character: Mombic, the prodigal son of a once-prominent family

Theater vet Acuña expertly juggles the many facets of his character, a wily, street-smart single father who leaves his son in the care of his sister as he strikes a covert deal to sell the ancestral house with a cousin he once had an affair with.

  1. Ronnie Lazaro, Boundary (2011)

51 Ronnie Boundary

Character: Limuel Alcantara, a cab driver who robs his passenger

About 90% of Boundary is shot inside a cab, with Lazaro as the driver who picks up the wrong passenger to rob. Lazaro skillfully shifts from tense to respectful to guilty to uncertain throughout the long drive, you almost wish he won’t push through with his plan.

  1. Alex Medina, Babagwa (2013)

50 Alex Babagwa

Character: Greg, an online scammer who falls in love with his victim

“As a counterpoint to Joey Paras’ explosive scheming character, Medina more than holds his own by refusing to succumb to mug for the cameras. His slacker, stoic mien throughout hides the inner turmoil he’s undergoing as he slowly discovers the immorality of his trade by falling in love with a potential victim.” – SCL

  1. Raymond Bagatsing, Boundary (2011)

49 Raymond Boundary

Character: Emmanuel Lazaro, a mysterious cab passenger held up by the driver

As the other half of the duo in that fateful taxi ride to Antipolo, Bagatsing is calm personified as he begins to realize the situation he finds himself in. His cool confidence turns what would otherwise have been an implausible scenario of prey-turns-predator very logical.

  1. Maria Veronica Santiago, Pascalina (2012)

48 Veronica Pascalina

Character: Pascalina, a young woman who embraces her inner aswang when her boyfriend deceives her

“It’s Santiago’s courage to appear unlikable that makes her ironically likable. Her Pascalina is insouciant, antisocial, and operates to the beat of her own drum, yet Santiago makes sure that Pascalina doesn’t lose audience empathy by imbuing the character with just the right doses of quirky charm and cool level-headedness so that even when she does terrible things towards the end, viewers will still be rooting for her.” – SCL

  1. Jean Garcia, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (2011)

47 Jean Sayaw

Character: Karen, a literature professor who gets entangled in a love triangle with two of her students

“Garcia gives a sublime performance, something that I have never seen from her before. She excelled most in the quiet moments.” – Carl Joseph Papa

  1. Lovi Poe, Sana Dati (2013)

46 Lovi Sana Dati

Character: Andrea Gonzaga, a young bride who gets cold feet when she meets a man who reminds her of the love of her life

“Poe has always been a natural onscreen and here she relishes the opportunity to wholeheartedly embrace her character, warts and all.” – SCL

  1. Olga Natividad, Mga Dayo (2012)

45 Olga Mga Dayo

Character: Ella Regalado, a housekeeping supervisor in a Guam hotel who’s finding it difficult to juggle her responsibilities at work and at home

Natividad, with her warm smile and dogged determination concealing the many problems she is facing, embodies the OFW spirit in Julius Cena’s gentle drama about Filipino workers in Guam. In a hotel breakdown scene she displays her formidable acting skills as she releases all her pent-up emotions without uttering a single word.

  1. Angelica Panganiban, Beauty in a Bottle (2014)

44 Angelica Beauty

Character: Estelle, a starlet struggling with her weight who gets chosen to be an endorser of a beauty product

Panganiban brings the house down in her uproarious performance that sends up her own image as a big-boned actor in an industry obsessed with Hollywood-dictated ideals of beauty. Her audition and shooting scenes (featuring her endless repetition of the line “Come back to the young and beautiful you”) are guaranteed to keep the audience in stitches.

  1. Ama Quiambao, Diablo (2012)

43 Ama Diablo

Character: Nana Lusing, a mother of five who sleeps restlessly as a mysterious, sinister-looking shadow watches over her

Quiambao is a force to be reckoned with in her dignified depiction of a silently suffering mother dealing with the loss of her husband and the petty squabbles of her grown-up sons.

“Quiambao’s luminous turn is just one of many standout portrayals in the eighth edition of the eagerly anticipated indie festival.” – Rito Asilo

  1. Martin del Rosario, Dagitab (2014)

42 Martin Dagitab

Character: Gab Atienza, a precocious college writer

Del Rosario’s surprisingly restrained performance in Giancarlo Abrahan’s arty film proves that when TV-bred young actors are given fully textured roles, they are more than capable of delivering the goods.

“I was mightily impressed with del Rosario’s performance. I knew somehow that he could act but I did not know that he could deliver such an intense performance, controlled without going overboard. He’s got that sort of pompous arrogance of a teenager down, then we see him mature in front of your eyes as the story progresses.” – Carl Joseph Papa

  1. Art Acuña, Posas (2012)

41 Art Posas

Character: Police Inspector Domingo, a ruthless cop who tortures a suspected thief

“Acuña is a sinister presence in Posas.” – Rito Asilo

“The revelation in the movie is theater actor Art Acuña. With his lean frame, calm delivery and mild demeanor, he succeeds to impart a level of malignity and truculence without even raising his voice. He scared the bejesus out of me. He likewise imparts charm in savagery, which is antipodean at best.” – Cathy Peña

“Acuña understands that a villain doesn’t know that he’s a villain: for him, he’s the bida. And you actually feel from Acuña’s performance that his character does not realize he’s a crooked person. Even when he’s waterboarding suspects and playing mind games with them, he believes that he’s doing it for a noble purpose. Acuña finds the humanity within each of the characters that he plays, good or bad. That is a mark of good acting.” – SCL

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PART 1: Nos. 100 to 81

PART 2: Nos. 80 to 61

PART 4: Nos. 40 to 21

PART 5: Nos. 20 to 11

PART 6: Nos. 10 to 1

INDIVIDUAL BALLOTS

Best Performances of the Decade So Far (Nos. 80-61)

  1. Jess Mendoza, The Natural Phenomenon of Madness (2011)

80 Jess Madness

Character: Unnamed, a young man forced to reckon with the consequences of a past crime he committed

How can you make viewers interested in a rapist character? First you ensure that the character is multidimensional enough to warrant attention, and then you cast an actor sensitive enough to pull off the nuances of the role. Director Charliebebs Gohetia lucked out on Mendoza, whose brooding performance as a conflicted young man made it possible for viewers to understand that a past sin does not define a person’s character.

  1. Arnalyn Ismael, Halaw (2010)

79 Arnalyn Halaw

Character: Daying, a 9-year old Badjao girl who tags along with her father across an illegal boat ride to Malaysia to look for her mother

A non-professional actor, Ismael is a screen natural as a precocious girl oblivious to the dangers of the journey she is taking. Her spunky character buoys up the rather tense proceedings and allows viewers to gravitate towards her as a beacon of hope.

  1. Carmina Villaroel, The Road (2011)

78 Carmina The Road

Character: Carmela, an abusive mother with a dark secret

“She browbeats with sinister abandon. You hardly hear her voice rise, but the menace is all there.” – Cathy Peña

  1. Coco Martin, Noy (2010)

77 Coco Noy

Character: Noy, a family breadwinner who gets hired as a journalist after submitting a fake diploma

“Coco delivers the passion required of his breadwinner character. There are shades of angst, frustration, and a little hope.” – Fidel Antonio Medel

  1. Kristoffer King, Ad Ignorantiam (2012)

76 Kristoffer Ad Ignorantiam

Character: Robert Igawad, an ill-tempered messenger who becomes the prime suspect in a robbery

The role of Robert does not really call for many opportunities to showcase any acting skill because Ad Ignorantiam is more idea- than character-driven. Trust King to suffuse a thinly written character with so much passion and charisma that there’s no way for the viewers to go but side with him in his quest for justice even if we don’t really know for sure if he’s guilty or not.

  1. Ronaldo Valdez, The Mistress (2012)

75 Ronaldo Mistress

Character: Frederico, a wealthy man whose mistress falls in love with his son

“Valdez makes a career-best performance as he depicts Frederico, the man who wants to have his cake and eat it too. His emotive cadences are spectacular, e.g. his argument with John Lloyd at the office. One moment he tells his son that he needs him (“Anong gusto mo, luluhod ako sa harap mo para pumayag ka?”), then he tells Eric how he owes the company his attention. Even when he drops emotionally charged lines (“Ano’ng karapatan mo, Sari? Kerida lang kita!”), you don’t feel the mawkishness of the scene.” – Cathy Peña

“It’s Valdez who delivers the most textured characterization—he’s hard, uncompromising, kind, selfish and loving at the same time!” – Rito Asilo

  1. Aga Muhlach, Of All the Things (2012)

74 Aga Of All the Things

Character: Emil, a bar exam non-passer who, in his depression, buries himself working as a notary public instead of re-taking the exam

“Muhlach succeeds to personify Emil with all his emotional pathos. Muhlach’s silent moments are a virtual force of nature, like when he finally admits to his father how he needs his help (to review for his retake). His scenes with Abuel are heart breaking.” – Cathy Peña

  1. Sandino Martin, Esprit de Corps (2014)

73 Sandino Esprit

Character: Abel Sarmiento, a military cadet competing for the position of commanding officer

2014 is undoubtedly stage actor Martin’s breakout year in film, appearing as lead in Joselito Altarejos’ Unfriend and as a brooding aspiring writer in Giancarlo Abrahan’s Dagitab before showcasing his full potential in Kanakan-Balintagos’ film. Playing an ambitious yet conflicted cadet, Martin seduces both his commanding officer and us viewers with his magnetic presence.

  1. Arnold Reyes, Kasal (2014)

72 Arnold Kasal

Character: Sherwin, a lawyer specializing in annulment who refuses to come out as gay for fear of ostracism

Reyes, in arguably a career-best turn, seems to have bottled all his past performances as homosexual men in indie films and distilled them here to a pure, honest form in playing a man totally in love with his partner yet as totally averse to the idea of revealing his true self.

  1. Mark Gil, Amok (2011)

71 Mark Amok

Character: Rogelio Vasquez, a struggling stuntman who gets deceived by a transvestite

“Gil displays the vulnerability of a desperate soul without dismissing the inherent humor borne out of his situation.” – Cathy Peña

  1. Bembol Roco, Isda (2011)

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Character: Miguel, a drunkard husband of a woman who gives birth to a fish

“Roco moves around as though a joke’s being played on his family, and we feel his helplessness.” –Cathy Peña

  1. Ronnie Lazaro, Ishmael (2010)

69 Ronnie Ishmael

Character: Ishmael, an ex-convict who discovers the horrors inflicted on his village by a cult leader

“Lazaro plays the title role with gusto. No sense of remorse is seen on his face as he wields his bolo and delivers the entire town to their final destination.” – Fidel Antonio Medel

  1. Andy Bais, Violator (2014)

68 Andy Violator

Character: Mang Vic, a prison utility worker who is haunted by a past crime

It’s definitely those eyes. In Violator, Bais, looking like a lovechild of Nora Aunor and Gollum, is the scariest of them all because his monster is the realest.

  1. Edgar Allan Guzman, Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me (2011)

67 Edgar Allan Ligo Na U

Character: Intoy, a horny college student who meets his match in a sexually carefree classmate

“Guzman exhibits a winking portrayal that displays both his dramatic and comedic skill, all in one coherent, insightful package.” – Cathy Peña

  1. Matt Daclan, Soap Opera (2014)

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Character: Noel, a struggling young father who uses his family to deceive a foreign man

In Soap Opera, Daclan embodies the everyman. Even if his character has gone to the proverbial dark side from the very beginning, viewers will him to make things right because we want him to succeed in life. And a large part of it has to do with Daclan’s compassionate performance.

“Matt Daclan is just fantastic in Soap Opera, a major find for 2014.” – Cathy Peña

  1. Donna Gimeno, Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria (2010)

65 Donna Damgo

Character: Terya, an island woman about to depart her village as a mail-order bride

Gimeno, as the boyish Terya, fully understands her character’s dilemma. She knows that she’s just delaying the inevitable and that she’d eventually acquiesce to her parents’ wishes of marrying her to a man they only know by name. Gimeno avoids all melodrama and instead hides her true feelings with playful interactions with her well-wishers.

  1. Pen Medina, Layang Bilanggo (2010)

64 Pen Layang Bilanggo

Character: Paul, an ex-convict who checks himself in a home for the aged to become close to the daughter he abandoned for several years

“Ang pinakamalaking risk siguro sa pelikulang ito ay ang aktor para sa lead character. Naitawid ni Pen Medina nang maayos ‘yung pinaka-critical na bentahe ng materyal. Kung pumalpak ang bida, papalpak din ang kabuuhan.” – Manuel Pangaruy

  1. Rocco Nacino, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa (2011)

63 Rocco Sayaw

Character: Dennis, a college student who gets infatuated with a fellow male classmate

Probably one of the most head-scratching Urian nomination snubs of all time is its exclusion of Rocco Nacino in Sayaw. He portrays Dennis, the more sexually assured of the two boys, with a nuanced combination of desire and wariness.

  1. Joey Paras, Babagwa (2013)

62 Joey Babagwa

Character: Marney, an online scammer who uses a young man to deceive unsuspecting women and gays

Paras almost steals the movie with his ferocious performance as a scheming operator who never grows a conscience.

  1. Mark Gil, A Philippino Story (2013)

61 Mark Philippino

Character: Bastian, a gay painter who falls for his young househelp

Gil, in his last great performance, displays open-hearted fragility as a man who has seen it all but still takes a stab at a romance that he knows will be doomed anyway. His heartbreak at the end of the movie is ours as well.

*

PART 1: Nos. 100 to 81

PART 3: Nos. 60 to 41

PART 4: Nos. 40 to 21

PART 5: Nos. 20 to 11

PART 6: Nos. 10 to 1

INDIVIDUAL BALLOTS

Best Performances of the Decade So Far (2010 to 2014)

Performance has always been one of Philippine cinema’s most popular film elements. We know, of course, that it is just but one of myriad components that make up a film. Yet when we watch movies, we tend to ask “Who’s in it?” rather than “Who made it?” Still, no one would argue that actors can make or break a film. A good actor can make watching a crappy film tolerable while a bad actor can ruin an otherwise okay movie.

To celebrate the country’s best film performances of the decade so far, Pinoy Rebyu invited six bloggers/journalists who have been following and writing about Philippine film since 2010: Rito Asilo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Fidel Antonio Medel of Pixelated Popcorn and formerly of PEP.ph, Carl Joseph Papa of whatevercarl.com, Manuel Pangaruy of Tagailog Special Presents, Cathy Peña of Make Me Blush, and Pinoy Rebyu’s own Skilty Labastilla, to list down what they think are the greatest performances from 2010 to November 2014. Each of the six submitted a list of 100 best performances and we tallied them and came up with the top 100.

Starting today, we will roll out the list in increments, starting from 100.

100.  John Lloyd Cruz, Unofficially Yours (2012)

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Character: Macky Galvez, a romantic yuppie who falls hard for a woman who does not want commitment

As Star Cinema’s top male romantic draw, Cruz has perfected the art of playing the ultimate dreamboat who more than makes up for his lack of hard abs by turning on the charm full blast. When Cruz uses those puppy-dog eyes to express deep emotion, even Angel Locsin won’t hesitate serenading him to win back his affection.

  1. Felix Roco, Ang Nawawala (2012)

99 Felix Nawawala

Character: Jamie Bonifacio, the lead character’s dead twin brother

The Roco twins were born to play the roles of upper class brothers in Marie Jamora’s engrossing tale of loss and redemption. Felix plays the departed twin, now free from the mundane worries of the living, with sexy, uber-cool nonchalance.

  1. Archie Alemania, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (2013)

98 Archie Norte

Character: Joaquin, a poor family man imprisoned for a crime he did not commit

In Diaz’s bleak Norte, Alemania, who is more known as a comic actor, shows his range in a way that doesn’t call attention to his subtlety.

  1. Nonie Buencamino, Dagitab (2014)

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Character: Jimmy Tolentino, a Humanities professor in search of his muse

It’s never easy playing a professor: an actor has to possess that mix of gravitas, intellect, and warmth that all students look for. Buencamino displays all three, yet adds an extra layer of vulnerability, portraying Jimmy not as a typical bookish academic but as a complicated, full-blooded husband/lover.

“His work in Dagitab keeps you guessing. It is not trivial, it is just that it seems that he is thinking differently from the way he acts. That line reading scene was quite heartbreaking (del Rosario and Buencamino square off, WOW).” – Carl Joseph Papa

  1. TJ Trinidad, Sana Dati (2013)

96 TJ Sana Dati

Character: Robert Naval, a politician about to get married to a woman he just recently met

The go-to mode of most actors who get cast as a foil to a romantic pairing is to tap into their character’s unflattering side. Thankfully, Trinidad is not most actors. It’s a testament to his skill (though undoubtedly aided by Tarog’s fully realized script) that viewers actually root for Robert to end up with Andrea .

  1. Lovi Poe, Mayohan (2010)

95 Lovi Mayohan

Character: Lilibeth, a young woman from the barrio in charge of an annual festival ritual

“Lovi Poe is luminous all throughout (thanks in part to the brilliant cinematography) taking her character Lilibeth with edifying intuition. It’s quite palpable why young boys would fall for Lilbeth.” – Cathy Peña

  1. Dennis Trillo, The Janitor (2014)

94 Dennis Janitor

Character: Crisanto Espina, a dismissed cop tasked to assassinate suspected bank robbers

“The most fully realized performance by any actor in the Director’s Showcase at this year’s Cinemalaya was turned in by Dennis Trillo, who delivered a thespic high-wire act as a disgraced cop who is as ruthless as an assassin as he is gentle as a much-abused son in Mike Tuviera’s exceptional action-drama.” – Rito Asilo

  1. Raquel Villavicencio, Niño (2011)

93 Raquel Nino

Character: Raquel, a US migrant returning to the Philippines to sell her ancestral house to salvage her own economic woes abroad

Villavicencio is one of very few filmmakers (she’s an award-winning scriptwriter) who are also very good actors. In Niño, she plays a villain type (she knows that her actions will lead to depriving her aunt of a home) yet, through her sympathetic performance, she makes the audience understand her plight.

  1. Irma Adlawan, Vox Populi (2010)

92 Irma Vox Populi

Character: Connie de Gracia, a mayoral candidate in a small town

Adlawan, one of the country’s top theater products, delivers an expertly controlled performance as a political greenhorn who realizes she is gradually crossing over to the dark side but can’t yet decide whether she is principled enough to change the system or weak enough to allow herself to just be swallowed by it.

  1. Jodi Sta. Maria, Aparisyon (2012)

91 Jodi Aparisyon

Character: Sister Lourdes, a novice nun who gets attacked outside her convent

Sta. Maria has that face that immediately draws attention. She is not conventionally attractive yet she possesses that serene confidence that only comes with life experience. In Aparisyon, she is devastating as a promising young nun whose dreams are crushed by a random act of violence.

  1. Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Requieme! (2012)

90 Shamaine Requieme

Character: Swanie, a barangay captain who turns a high-profile crime into a vote-generating opportunity

Buencamino, along with theater contemporary Adlawan, has successfully straddled the worlds of theater, TV, and independent film.  In Loy Arcenas’ tragicomic Requieme!, she displays both expert comedic timing and touching pathos as a woman who desperately needs emotional closure.

  1. Archie Alemania, Slumber Party (2012)

89 Archie Slumber Party

Character: Jhana, an outrageous gay man who becomes party to a hostage-taking

Violence should never be funny, but Alemania, in a riotous performance as a lascivious molester, sure missed the memo and is not apologizing for it.

  1. Opaline Santos, The Natural Phenomenon of Madness (2011)

88 Opaline Madness

Character: Unnamed, a woman coping with the impacts of a traumatic sexual violence

Only an actor as unafraid to be unlikeable as Santos could have pulled off her brave performance as a rape victim who, after a couple of years, is still in love with her rapist.

  1. Eugene Domingo, Instant Mommy (2013)

87 Eugene Instant Mommy

Character: Bechayda, a woman who pretends she is pregnant to keep her foreigner boyfriend

Domingo has emerged over the last decade as arguably the country’s biggest female comic draw and her talent is in full display here as she plays a family breadwinner who has to keep up appearances in fear of losing her man.

  1. Dido dela Paz, Amok (2011)

86 Dido Amok

Character: Dido, a sidewalk vendor who runs amok in Pasay Rotonda

Theater vet dela Paz is a horny husband one moment and a menacing hooligan the next in Lawrence Fajardo’s riveting portrait of a sweaty, throbbing, chaotic Pasay. The moment dela Paz’s character loses his temper, we know bad things will happen.

  1. Arron Villaflor, Astro Mayabang (2010)

85 Arron Astro

Character: Astro, a brash, xenophobic teenager who finds himself falling for a Filipino-American

Villaflor burst onto the local film scene with his sure-footed portrayal of a young buck who overcompensates for his impotence with hollow braggadocio.

  1. Jodi Sta. Maria, Chassis (2010)

84 Jodi Chassis

Character: Nora, a young mother forced into prostitution by dire circumstances

“Jodi Sta. Maria performs in almost every scene. She is the spark that gives Chassis life and flesh-and-blood realism. Her Nora is a portrait of a mother consumed by love for her daughter—a love powerful enough to drive her to the extreme. Similarly, Jodi pushes her limits in portraying a character radically different from anything she has done on TV and movies. She downplays the determination of her character for a haunting effect, and then bares her emotions in the heart-wrenching final act.” – Fidel Antonio Medel

  1. Irma Adlawan, Transit (2013)

83 Irma Transit

Character: Janet, an OFW mother who needs to keep her teenage daughter from being deported by Israeli authorities

Adlawan demonstrates her acting skills in a restrained performance as a mother torn between respecting the choices of her Hebrew-speaking daughter and instilling in her more Filipino values.

  1. Sue Prado, Mga Dayo (2012)

82 Sue Mga Dayo

Character: Alexandria Caballero, a boyish newspaper photographer in Guam forced to enter a green-card marriage

“Sa dulo, nakarating sa akin ang lungkot ng mga karakter at hindi maiikailang malaki ang naiambag dito nina Sue Prado at Olga Natividad. Sa katunayan, kapag naaalala ko ang mga eksena nila, nakukurot pa rin ako. Para sa akin, naibigay nila ang pinakamahusay na pagganap sa buong festival.” – Manuel Pangaruy

  1. Dick Israel, Badil (2013)

81 Dick Badil

Character: Ponso, a local politician’s trusted aide

“Recently recovered from a stroke, Israel’s slump and slurred speech do not diminish but instead add to his role’s respectability and gravitas. It takes extreme charisma to command the screen even when the body is failing, and Israel, bless his heart, has it in spades.” – SCL

*

PART 2: Nos. 80 to 61

PART 3: Nos. 60 to 41

PART 4: Nos. 40 to 21

PART 5: Nos. 20 to 11

PART 6: Nos. 10 to 1

INDIVIDUAL BALLOTS

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