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!”
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.”
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.