Veteran actress Charo Santos is hoping that her film Kun Maupay Man It Panahon will serve as an inspiration to those who have been affected by Typhoon Odette which recently struck the country.
On Instagram, Charo expressed her gratitude over having won Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2021 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)'s Gabi ng Parangal, held Monday, December 27.
The actress was recognized for her role as Norma in the tragic film set during the onslaught and aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda, the deadliest storm to ever hit the Philippines.
"To MMFF, this is a very pleasant surprise in a challenging year where I have been in a roller coaster of emotions. I am sorry that I am unable to personally receive the award due to some personal matters that I have to attend to. Maraming pong salamat sa bumubuo ng MMFF for this honor," she began.
"I want to share my award to my director, direk @carlomanatad, to the producers, @attyjoji, to the staff and crew (naku, hindi ko na kayo maiisa-isa). Congratulations sa ating lahat!!! #SecondBestPicture," she wrote.
She also congratulated her co-stars, Daniel Padilla and Rans Rifol, who took home the MMFF Special Jury Prize and Best Actress in a Supporting Role award, respectively.
"I am extremely proud of the both of you!" she said. "This wouldn’t be possible if not for the teamwork, dedication, and excellence of the entire team."
Charo said she dedicates her award to her husband Cesar, her family, and residents of Tacloban City who inspired the film.
"I’d like to dedicate this award to the one man who truly made it possible for me to fly—my dearest husband Cesar. Additionally, I want to thank my family for their love, understanding, and support," she wrote.
"I would also like to dedicate this to all Taclobeños. I had the privilege to share your story around the world in my own little way."
In her post, the showbiz veteran also shared her hope that Kun Maupay Man It Panahon, where she portrays a typhoon survivor, will inspire victims of Typhoon Odette, which has been recorded as the worst tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines this year.
Based on multiple reports, Odette has killed at least 375 people, displaced hundreds of thousands of residents, destroyed homes, flooded villages, and toppled power lines as it barreled across the country starting December 16.
"May I also take this opportunity in encouraging everyone to help our Kapamilyas in need. Tulong tulong po tayo sa pag-ahon," added Charo. "Damo nga salamat!!! Let’s all stay safe and healthy."