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Luna Awards Best Actress a dream come true for Heaven Peralejo

Heaven Peralejo may be a newbie in the entertainment industry but the former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate is already getting recognition for her acting abilities.

Since joining the reality show, she has starred in various guest and supporting roles in “Pamilya Ko” (2019) and “Starla” (2019). She landed her first lead role in the series “Bagong Umaga” (2020), earning her a nomination as Best Drama Actressx at the 35th PMPC Star Awards for Television.

Heaven Peralejo wins Luna Awards Best Actress for her performance in ‘Nanahimik Ang Gabi.’ INSTAGRAM PHOTO

This time around, she gained widespread acclaim for her performance in “Nanahimik ang Gabi” (2022), with Best Actress nominations from the FAMAS Awards and the Metro Manila Film Festival.

Just last August 26, she finally took home the Best Actress trophy at the 39th Luna Awards — her first-ever acting award.

The ceremony was held on Saturday night at Quezon City Sports Club in Quezon City, after a two-year hiatus.

Expressing her gratitude, she dedicated the award to her mother, Shiela Luanne Peralejo, who also serves as her business manager.

“Thank you so much to FAP for making a kid's dream come true. Seven years ago, I only dreamed of this. Now, this is a big thing for me. I love my job so much, and this means a lot,” the 23-year-old said in her acceptance speech.

Peralejo as Me-Ann – a young lady who forms a secret relationship with a corrupt police officer, acting as his sugar baby. PHOTO FROM REIN ENTERTAINMENT

“To Tatay Lauren [Dyogi], thank you for making me say yes to this project. It was such an honor to work with such brilliant mind. And lastly, my mama, I hope I made you proud. I hope to keep making you proud,” she added.

In her Instagram account, Peralejo proudly shared photos of her with the award. She captioned, “Just immeasurable joy and gratitude. This award belongs not just to me, but to everyone who believed in me and my dreams. Thank you very, very much to all of you.”

Many of her family members and celebrity friends took the time to congratulate her in comments section including aunt Rica Peralejo, Iza Calzado, Yael Yuzon, her co-star in “Nanahimik ang Gabi” Mon Confiado, and her rumored boyfriend Marco Gallo who simply wrote “genuinely happy for you.”

Also starring Ian Veneracion and directed by Shugo Praico, the film follows the journey of awakening of a young woman trapped in the vicious cycle of corruption and culture of violence and how she breaks free from them. It also explores the issues of oppression of the common working-class. And, lastly, pokes the question: how much is one willing to pay for ambition?

Aside from Best Acting award, “Nanahimik ang Gabi” also won Best Sound at the Luna Awards.

Meanwhile, other awardees include Noel Trinidad who clinched the Best Actor award for his role in “Family Matters.” John Arcilla, was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Reroute” by Viva Films, while Mylene Dizon earned the title of Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Family Matters” – which also won Best Picture at the said award-giving body.

Mikhail Red was celebrated as the Best Director for his work on techno-horror film “Deleter.”

The 39th Luna Awards also took time to honor remarkable figures who have left an indelible mark on Philippine cinema. Among the special awardees were Leo Martinez, recognized with the Fernando Poe Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award; Senator Imee Marcos, celebrated as the 8th Golden Reel Awardee for her contributions to Experimental Cinema; the late cinematographer Conrado Baltazar, posthumously honored with the Lamberto Avellana Memorial Award; and National Artist for Film and Broadcast Arts Ricky Lee, acknowledged with the Manuel de Leon Achievement Award.

In the poignant “In Memoriam” segment, the ceremony paid tribute to personalities who have passed away, including Robert Arevalo, Angie Ferro, Patrick Guzman, Angela Perez, Romano Vasquez, Caloy Alde, Jovit Baldivino, Danny Javier, Lourdes Medel, Toto Natividad, and the character actress Naty Santiago.

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