Updated Oct 21, 2018, 10:51:10 PM
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) — Transgender comedienne Iyah Mina was hailed as "Best Actress" at the 2018 Cinema One Original Awards Night held at the Dolphy Theater in Quezon City on Sunday.
Mina, who portrayed the role of an aging transgender sex worker in the thought-provoking film "Mamu; And a Mother Too," is the first transgender to receive the top actress plum in the annual film festival.
Meanwhile, the "Best Actor" award was given to Alwyn Uytingco who played the role of a Bicolano god of sin rebranding himself for a comeback in the movie "Asuang."
"Never Tear Us Apart," a film shot using an iPhone X, dominated the awards with six recognitions-- including the "Best Director" and "Jury Prize." The movie tells the story of a spy and his family's unconventional way of life.
Animated film "Paglisan," which revolves around the struggle of a former theater playwright suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and his wife, took home five awards, including the "Best Picture."
Here's the full list of the winners:
Best Picture: Paglisan
Best Short Film: Manila is Full of Men Named Boy
Best Sound: Paglisan
Best Musical Score: Never Tear Us Apart and Paglisan
Best Production Design: Never Tear Us Apart
Best Cinematography: Never Tear Us Apart
Best Screenplay: Paglisan
Best Editing: Ilsa Malsi for Never Tear Us Apart
Best Actress: Iyah Mina for Mamu; And a Mother Too
Best Actor: Alwyn Uytingco for Asuang
Best Supporting Actress: Mary Joy Apostol for Hospicio
Best Supporting Actor: Arron Villaflor for Mamu; And a Mother Too
Best Director: Whammy Alcazaren for Never Tear Us Apart
Jury Prize: Never Tear Us Apart
Special Citation Award: A Short History of A Few Bad Things
Audience Choice: Mamu; And a Mother Too
Champion Bughaw Award: Paglisan
CNN Philippines' Tristan Nodalo contributed to this report.