Jericho on winning MMFF Best Actor

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    ‘It was just timing and
    God’s grace!’
    Jericho Rosales was out of the country when he
    won best actor for Walang
    Forever at the Metro
    Manila Film Festival last
    month and he admitted he
    was shocked when he found
    out the results. “I was like,‘Seryoso ba sila?
    That was my initial
    reaction. For me kasi
    parang yung awards nights,
    siguro in this particular time
    in my career, at least yung
    idea ko ng awards ay yung
    it has to be yung mga films
    na mabigat, you know what
    I mean? Yung mga ganung
    klase. And being part of a
    romantic feel good movie
    slash medyo may comedy
    ng konti, hindi ko talaga
    ini-imagine yung awards na
    ganun.
    So I was shocked, it
    took me ten, twenty minutes
    actually. We were about to
    sleep and I couldn’t sleep
    kasi nasa Australia and the
    awards night was actually
    happening in Manila. So
    livestream, madaling araw
    na sa amin like 3am. So
    sabi ko, ‘Oh my gosh what’s
    happening’ and people
    started congratulating
    me and then finally
    somebody sent me
    a video of Jennylyn
    Mercado accepting
    the award for me. So
    to sum it all up parang
    I was shocked and
    for days and actually
    more than a week,
    around two weeks I
    couldn’t relax,” he
    shared.
    Echo admitted that it also
    felt like he won all
    over again after his
    family finally got
    to see the movie.
    “Actually my wife
    and my mom said
    when they watched,
    ‘I think you deserved
    to win. You deserve
    the award,’ parang
    ganun. I’m thankful.
    My friends are happy,
    everyone’s happy.
    I’m happy and I’m
    surprised until now.
    For me it’s timing
    and a little bit of I
    don’t know, maybe
    it’s unfair pag narinig
    ng ibang tao na if I
    say chamba but for
    me it was just timing
    and God’s grace,” he
    recalled.
    The Kapamilya actor
    said that although he was
    aware of the controversy
    surrounding another MMFF
    film Honor Thy Father, he
    has nothing but respect for
    their competitor film. “So
    when we started talking
    about it even before namin
    matapos yung buong film
    and napanuod yung preview
    they said, ‘You might win’
    or ‘Ikaw yung best actor
    for us’ or something like
    that. People were saying
    that. I don’t know why. But
    of course kasi I’m talking
    about Honor Thy Father
    and John Lloyd’s (Cruz)
    performance. I did (watch
    it) just a few days ago. I
    watched it with Kim and
    my manager. The film was
    good. For me siyempre yun
    yung mga tipo ng pelikula na
    gusto kong gawin, parang
    ganun,” he admitted.
    Even now that he is
    celebrating 20 years in
    showbiz, Echo admitted
    there was a time when
    he wanted to quit. “That
    happened in 2006-2007.
    I got tired. I did music.
    After Panday and Pacquiao
    I stopped acting for one
    year. I did music and the
    band scene for one year.
    Then came back ano na
    yan project na with Sarah
    Geronimo, Maja Salvador,
    and Rica Peralejo,” he said.
    But Echo renewed his
    love for acting after doing
    an indie movie that helped
    him find his passion again.
    “(When I went back) for me
    hindi talaga na-renew yung
    love ko for acting nung time
    na yun. It was just I loved
    music so much and I still
    wanted to do music but my
    managers felt like I have to
    go back to acting.
    So I did the show with
    Sarah which was acting
    and singing at the same
    time but then my heart
    wasn’t into it, mabigat pa
    yung loob ko. Mabigat pa.
    I wasn’t ready yet. Then I
    did Bridges of Love yata
    eh. It was actually Alagwa
    that helped me, parang naconfirm niya yung I have to
    be in the scene, I have to be
    making movies that I like,
    I have to create or produce
    or be involved in the music
    or the movie projects that I
    love or else it won’t work.
    So now if somebody forces
    me to accept a project just
    because they think it would
    work parang for me hindi
    ko gagawin because I
    know that the projects
    that would work is
    for me yung may
    spark, parang ganun.
    Yung wholeheartedly
    gagawin ko,” he
    added.
    As one of the
    most underrated actors
    of his generation,
    Echo admitted he also
    auditioned for the lead
    role in Heneral Luna
    but concedes that John
    Arcilla was the perfect
    choice. Now, Echo said
    he wants his career
    path to consist more of
    quality over quantity.
    “It’s not that I don’t
    want to do it, it’s just
    that I’m pickier now.
    I always think about
    longevity and I don’t
    want that skyrocket
    kind of fame na bigla and
    then kokontrolin mo yung
    aircraft mo habang nagkacrash yun. I don’t like that.
    Gusto ko smooth sailing
    ako parati. Longevity
    talaga, premium quality.
    Tumatatak, naaalala,
    ganun. I like that and I like
    the word underrated. It
    means so much to me. Mas
    may dating yun,” he said.•
    R. M. Santos,push.com

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