Kim Chiu just received the Best Actress for TV (Single Performance) award from the Guild of Educators, Mentors, and Students (GEMS) for her role on “Mata,” an episode on Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK).
According to the synopsis of the episode, Kim played Sarah, a girl who had been possessed most of her life and had to deal with her life’s dramas to drive out the demons that were holding her hostage. We caught this ep when it aired, so we can truly say that Kim did an exceptional job playing such a challenging role (she was so freaky!).
Kim was profoundly touched that she was selected as the Best Actress winner, besting many of her peers in the industry: “To be recognized in a field that you love doing is truly something special, [like] you did something right. Maraming Salamat sa lahat ng bumubuo ng GEMS awards—educators, mentors, and students, thank you. To MMK Official, RSB Drama Unit, Ruel Bayani, Ma’am Charo Santos, maraming salamat po for the opportunity and [for] giving me MMK exorcism and most of all to Direk Topel Lee for guiding me all throughout the episode.”
In her gratitude post, Kim was open about her initial fears regarding the role: “As a Catholic, I was really scared [to do] this role, but I [was] confident with my faith, and may bonus pa ako from GEMS award! My heart is full...maraming maraming salamat po!”
Some of the other winners under the TV category of the 2019 GEMS awards included: Jhong Hilario as Best Male Performance in a Supporting Role for his role on FPJ's Ang Probinsyano; Iza Calzado as Best Female Performance in a Supporting Role for her role on Ngayon at Kailanman; Joross Gamboa as Best Actor (Single Performance) for his role in “Alkansya,” also an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya; Jericho Rosales as Best Actor (TV Series) for his role on Halik; and Julia Barretto as Best Actress (TV Series) for her role on Ngayon at Kailanman, among many other talented performers.
The awarding ceremony for the 3rd GEMS Awards happened today, March 21, at the Center for Performing Arts, De La Salle Zobel School, Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City.
Congratulations, Kim, and to rest of the winners, too!
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