John Arcilla finally held his Volpi Cup in person.
In a video posted by ABS-CBN News, John did an unboxing of his trophy and held it for the first time.
"Look at this! The golden cup! Di ba? Talaga namang para sa championship, world championship," he exclaimed upon holding the trophy.
PANOORIN: Labis ang kaligayahan ng aktor na si John Arcilla matapos mahawakan na sa unang pagkakataon ang kaniyang Coppa Volpi bilang best actor sa Venice International Film Festival. | via @cedrickkbasco pic.twitter.com/GzyhuOsVl3— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) September 29, 2021
John bagged the Best Actor trophy at the 78th Venice Film Festival for his role in the movie On the Job: The Missing 8.
The actor wasn't able to personally receive his award in Italy that time and it was received on his behalf by the series director Erik Matti.
"If there is something I really regret tonight, it is I won't be able to kiss my own Volpi cup there in the middle of Venice and on that red carpet just like all other 77 actors who I admire who have kissed their own prestigious award one actor could ever have," he said in his pre-recorded speech after he was hailed as Best Actor.
He added, "I know we came from different countries and we have different languages and culture, yet I can feel the oneness tonight, and I can feel that you understand me and we understand each other just because of the art of cinema. So thank you so much."
After his win, he also penned a powerful message on social media, dedicating his award to his loved ones.
"I wish I can share this to all my loved ones who left us in this lifetime. This most prestigious award I received today lift up my spirit to the heavens and I am transforming this joy, achievement or victory or honor into love so that the loved ones I am missing can feel my heart outpouring with gratitude to all who love me and inspire me to get to where I am today and I’m thanking God for putting them into my life," John remarked.