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Christian Bables takes another shot at MMFF Best Actor award

November 22 ------ Christian Bables stands as a testament to the power of dedication and talent. From his early days participating in Star Magic workshop's master class, to gracing television movie screens with award-winning performances, the 30-year-old actor has emerged as a rising star with an undeniable impact on the acting industry.

One of the defining moments in Bables' career came with the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry "Die Beautiful." He portrayed the character Barbs Cordero, a role that not only showcased his versatility as an actor but also served as the catalyst for his rise in the industry when he earned Best Supporting Actor thrice by prestigious award-giving bodies such as the MMFF, Gawad Urian, and Luna Awards. Since then, he has starred in notable projects such as "Signal Rock" (2018), "The Panti Sisters" (2020), "Big Night" (2021), "Mahal Kita, Beksman" (2023) and most recently, the hit revenge drama series "Dirty Linen."

This year, Bables comes home to the festival that gave him his big break with "Broken Hearts Trip" — a feel-good, heartfelt, and exciting official entry to the 49th edition of MMFF. "Broken Hearts Trip" delves into the lives of five brokenhearted LGBTQ individuals who are given a chance to heal in some of the most beautiful places in the country. These five LGBTQ individuals are portrayed by Teejay Marquez, Marvin Yap, Petite, Iyah Mina, and Andoy Ranay. After enduring countless heartaches, frustrations, and seemingly endless grief, they are finally offered the opportunity of a lifetime when a corporate agency sponsors a reality competition titled "The Broken Hearts Trip." The show takes them on a series of journeys to some of the most stunning tourist spots in the Philippines. But there's a catch. To continue in the competition, the contestants must remain single at the end of their journey. A P1 million cash prize awaits the last gay man or trans woman standing.

Two years after winning the Best Actor award for "Big Night," Bables said in a press conference that he hopes to have another acting award in the festival. "I did my best. In all the films that I do, I really don't expect whether I will win or not. I just do my best as an actor. But hopefully, if God grants it, thank you. But if not, I know that the one who will win deserves it more, even if it's not me," Bables honestly said. Explaining what sets his new character in "Broken Hearts Trip" apart from his past gay roles, he shared, "There's a difference. As much as possible, with the help of the directors I've worked with, we really sort out what makes this character different. The roles I played before leaned towards LGBT community characters. "So, it's essential to have open communication with my directors, how I can ask for help because sometimes, as an actor, I see things that my director might not." He then also emphasized that the success of "Broken Hearts Trip" doesn't solely depend on him as the lead actor. "I must say, the success of a film doesn't just depend on the lead actors. That's a misconception. A good film is built with collective effort and passion from everyone — staff, crew, director, actors, and even producers. We are all confident that we've created a beautiful film."

Bables guarantees "Broken Heart Trip" is an exciting film to watch. "It's about healing. It's about allowing yourself to heal from the thing or person that holds you back from being happy. I think people can, somehow, relate, and they can identify with the pain of each and every character in this film. "We hope to make our audience realize the importance of self-love and the significance of making peace with yourself. Before you can give love and forgiveness to others, it's crucial to love and forgive yourself first. The message aligns perfectly with one of the long-standing messages of the spirit of Christmas — to love and forgive. The movie also features the beautiful hidden spots of our country, where we can promote Philippine tourism while entertaining our moviegoers," he added. Completing the lively ensemble of cast members are Jay Gonzaga, Ron Angeles, Argel Saycon, Arnold Reyes, Kevin Posadas, and Sinon Loresca. The screenplay of "Broken Hearts Trip" was written by Archie Del Mundo based on an original story by Lex Bonife and is executive produced by Benjie Cabrera, Omar Tolentino, and Power Up Workpool Inc. Directed by Lemuel Lorca and brought to Filipino audiences by BMC Films in partnership with Smart Films, "Broken Hearts Trip" is coming this Christmas 2023 to cinemas across the Philippines as an official entry to this year's MMFF.



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