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Filipina hails 'Best New Performer' at the 38th Hong Kong Film Awards

Crisel Consunji, a Hong Kong-based Filipino actress received a top award at the prestigious 38th Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday. She was named as Best New Performer for her role as overseas domestic worker Evelyn in the film Still Human. 

She dedicated her win to overseas Filipino workers during her acceptance speech, "all the women who bravely shared their stories with me. Kayo ang mga bagong bayani. You are the modern heroes. Ang karangalan na ito ay para sa inyo. Maraming salamat and, in the words of Evelyn," Crisel said.

"It  seems to tell the world that in Hong Kong, when we celebrate out diversity, we move forward together," Crisel added.

HKFA is known as "Hong Kong's Oscars" that recognizes achievements of the people behind the filmmaking industry.

Crisel bested other actors including Adam Pak (L Storm), nancy Wu (Men on the Dragon), Lam Sen (G Affairs) and Chan Charm Man (Three Husbands).

Siu-kuen also won Best New Director for the same film, while Anthony Wong bagged the best Actor award.

"I was 10 when I first began performing professionally onstage. The journey has taken me places, but I didn’t think I would find myself in front of an international awards-giving body, nor speaking for an acclaimed film!

"Yes, the movie is about breaking barriers and discovering the underlying humanity that unites us all. That said, it is also a movie about dreams— and that anyone can dream as big as their hearts can carry. 

"Last night was a dream I didn’t know I had... and what a wonderful experience it is to have worked hard for this reality," She wrote on her Facebook account.

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