By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales
Aga Muhlach is no greenhorn in winning acting accolades. Starting out as a popular matinee idol in the early ‘80s, he gradually transformed into a critically-acclaimed thespian over the years. He has won a handful of Best Actor trophies from the different award-giving bodies like the FAMAS, Gawad Urian, Luna Awards, Metro Manila Film Festival, Golden Screen Awards, Maria Clara Awards, Star Awards for the Movies and Young Critics Circle.
Among his winningest performances are for the movies: “Napakasakit, Kuya Eddie”” (1986), “Joey Boy Munti” (1991), “Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal “ (1992), “May Minamahal” (1993), “Hindi Kita Malilimutan” (1993), “Sinungaling Mong Puso” (1993), “Sana Maulit Muli” (1995), “Kung Ako na Lang Sana” (2003), “Dubai” (2005), “In the Name of Love” (2011), “Of All the Things (2012) and “Seven Sundays” (2018).
Interestingly, before the start of the recently-concluded 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival, many were saying that he was a shoo-in for the Best Actor plum for his heart-tugging performance in “Miracle in Cell No. 7” which was the official top-grosser. However, come awards night, he lost to Allen Dizon who also did a good job in “Mindanao.” Due to this, people got curious as to how he felt about such development.
“Of course, who wouldn’t want to win, right?” he avers. “But in the many years that I stayed in the ‘biz, I’ve learned not to expect.”
The be-dimpled actor recalls that his past experiences taught him how to accept things when it comes to awards.
“You know, I’ve had my share of such feeling before. When I was younger, yes, I would admit that there were instances when I really expected. You wanted so bad to win in this award-giving body then as it turns out, you’d lose. It’s definitely not a happy state so I’ve learned not to set high expectations anymore.”
What’s more important for Aga is that the public appreciates and supports his offerings.
“That’s right! The trophies? I’ve learned not to take them seriously. For me, the real trophy is when the people watch and enjoy my films.”
The handsome actor stresses though that he still likes to win acting awards in the future.
“Oh, yes, I like that. You’re in high heavens in that moment when your name is called to come up on stage. But when you lose, it shouldn’t change you.”
In his recent loss to Allen, Aga remains positive.
“I’ve always been happy for any of my co-nominees who would bag the award. In this case, Allen got it. I’m happy for him. I’m like, ‘Wow! I know that feeling.’
“It’s simply inexplicable. So to Allen, my sincerest congratulations. There’s nothing wrong really if he won. It’s just okay with me,” he ends.