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Paulo Avelino Gets Praises From Lea Salonga For His Acting

What an honor!
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Actor Paulo Avelino found a fan in world-renowned singer-actress Lea Salonga. On December 29, 2017, Lea praised Paulo on Twitter for his portrayal of a struggling pianist in the Metro Manila Film Festival 2017 Best Picture winner, Ang Larawan.

Her tweet reads, “If you’re a fan of #PauloAvelino, I urge you to watch his stellar performance in #AngLarawan. He doesn’t sing as well as the others, but his acting! He will be one of the greatest as he continues to grow! Congrats!”

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On January 4, 2018, Paulo replied to the tweet, expressing how it helps him overcome self-doubt: “Always doubted myself [about] doing a musical, due to the singing parts affecting my performance [negatively]. Reading messages like this helps build my confidence in taking even more challenging roles. Thank you, @MsLeaSalonga.”

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Aside from the Best Picture Award, Ang Larawan also bagged the Best Actress Award for Joanna Ampil; the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award; Best Production Design; Best Musical Score for Ryan Cayabyab; and a Special Jury Prize for the late National Artist Nick Joaquin.

Ang Larawan is based on Nick Joaquin’s 1950 play A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino.