MANILA, Philippines, February 27 ------ Seasoned actress Judy Ann Santos and "Asia's Multimedia Star" Alden Richards lead the list of 52 awardees for this year's Ani ng Dangal Awards conferred annually by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Artists in architecture and the allied arts, cinema, dance, literary arts, music and visual arts who earned international awards and accolades during the past year will be recognized at the ceremonies to be held at the Malacañang Palace later today.
Juday’s showbiz comeback certainly paid off when her lead performance in "Mindanao" made her bag the Best Actress award at the Cairo International Film Festival in November 2019. She also won Best Actress at the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival for "Mindanao," with the film directed by Brillante Mendoza hauling a total of 10 awards that night. Meanwhile, Alden received the Asian Star Prize award from the Seoul International Drama Awards in August 2019. The Asian Star Prize is a non-competitive category that recognizes those who exhibit excellence in television drama.