It’s a tie: actors Paolo Gumabao and Jerald Napoles won the Best Lead Actor Gold Award at the 28th Annual International Filipino Cine Festival (FACINE) on November 9, 2021, for their major roles in the films “Lockdown” and “Ikaw At Ako At Ang Ending”, respectively.

On Instagram, the winners expressed their gratitude and showed support for each other. 

“Wow! I’m just lost for words…Winning a Best Actor Award has been my dream since I was just a little kid and now that it’s here I can’t help but feel grateful for everyone who stood by me in my journey. Thank you Direk Joel Lamangan and Sir Jojo Barron for giving me the opportunity of playing this amazing role that pushed me to my limits,” Gumabao shared. 

“I’m sharing this award with my idol (I’m a huge fan😂) @iamjnapoles who is commonly known for his comedic style but in this film (Ikaw at Ako at Ang Ending) displayed depth and vulnerability in his craft. Congratulations brother @iamjnapoles  and Congratulations to team #ikawatakoatangending! Sana magkatrabaho tayo soon kapatid!”

Napoles posted, “Sharing the Best Lead Actor Gold Award at the 28th Facine International Film Festival @facinefilmfestival in San Francisco, USA with @paologumabao. Thank you very much to everyone who appreciated us and congratulations to Team #Lockdown and Team #IkawAtAkoAtAngEnding and all the films that were selected.

“This is my first Lead Actor award and my first International Film Festival award.. may we be blessed with a lot more bro Paolo. To God Be The Glory !! #FACINEfilmfestival”

In the Joey Lamangan-directed “Lockdown”, Paolo Gumabao plays the role of Danny Asuncion, an OFW who lost his job due to the effects of the COVID pandemic and is forced into becoming a sex worker to support his father’s medical needs. In “Ikaw At Ako At Ang Ending”, Jerald Napoles is on the run as Martin, a bagman who falls in love with a hotelkeeper while he is hiding from the authorities.

Other awardees include Best Actress Gold winner Bela Padilla for her role as Jane on On Vodka, Beers and Regrets, Secondary Actor Gold winner Jim Pebanco, and Secondary Actress Gold winner Rio Locsin.

Director Joey Lamangan won two gold awards (Best Directing, Best Film), both for the film “Lockdown”, and the Best Film Silver Award for the film “Isa Pang Bahaghari”.

All eight of the featured films at the 28th Annual International Filipino Cine Festival can be watched through their website,

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