Romero, Garcia Win Top Film Academy Awards

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Eddie Garcia, Gloria Romero, and director Laurice Guillen grabbed the Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director trophies, respectively, Saturday night at the 19th Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) awards held at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel.

Guillen, who was absent at the awards night, swept all Best Director honors from the Star Awards, Gawad Urian, and FAMAS award-giving bodies. Her comeback film, the Star Cinema-produced "Tanging Yaman," fell short of a grand slam when it lost Best Picture honors to Regal Films' "Tuhog" during the Gawad Urian held last March.

An emotionally charged Romero thanked everyone who worked with her in the movie and added "this award is most especially for the most important persons in my life - my daughter, Maritess, and my grandson."

Garcia, who won for his performance as a death convict in GMA Films' "Deathrow," also failed to show up in the 2001 FAP night.

Other major awards were the Best Supporting Actor which went to Pen Medina for "Deathrow" while Amy Austria clinched Best Supporting actress for "Anak."

The FAP awards has long been noted as the local counterpart of Hollywood's Oscars Awards. For this year, FAP was hosted by acclaimed actress Cherie Gil, actor Rustom Padilla, soap opera princess Judy Ann Santos, and matinee idol Marvin Agustin. …