Manila – Noel I. Aparilla, also known as Leon Miguel in the Philippine entertainment industry, adds a feather on his hat in the recently concluded International Film Festival Manhattan 2016 (#IFFMNYC2016) in New York City on October 20.
He recently won Best Actor for short film in portrayal as taxi driver for the film “Redlights”. Directed by Christian Paolo Lat, the film also won the “Best Film” in Ottawa Digital Film Festival last year in Ottawa, Canada followed by an “Ani ng Dangal Award 2016” given by the National Commission on the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) for both the director and him as the lead actor.
No other than the chairwoman of the Film Development Council of the Philippines Mary Liza Dino expressed her nod for his winning which eventually inspire his friends and co-actors, including filmmakers for the continues streak of Philippine Cinema appreciation and recognition in the international competitions.
Although missing to grace the event in New York, his director Ron Morales took time to travel from LA to the Philippine Consulate in New York just to receive the award and read his message. The award is his first major recognition which he dedicates to his parents, brothers, sisters, friends, and to the people of Masbate, co-actors and to the filmmakers who were and still believing his talent.
An honor, according to him, that he will forever cherish and inspire him to contribute and work for more meaningful films to promote his beautiful country-the philippines. His first international exposure aside from numerous international documentaries was the Tribeca Film Festival in New York last 2012 for the film “Graceland,” directed by New York- based fil-am award winning Director Ron Morales where he played visel the main antagonist.
The film bagged the Best Narrative Film in the Asian Film Festival in that same year in San Diego, California USA. He is also included in the Sean Ellis film “Metro Manila” as the white eyed man which won the “Audience Choice Award” at the Sundance FilmFestival 2013 in USA.
A native of Masbate City, Leon Miguel will celebrate his best actor award with the director, staff and crew of the film including friends and co-actors had already organized for him. He is currently involved in numerous projects, both in television and in film. He is an active member of Actors Guild of the Philippines (KAPPT).