JoshLia weighs in on what’s more important: Hit movie or acting award?

Published May 24, 2018, 7:44 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

The love team of Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto known as JoshLia is on a high over their nominations in this year’s Filipino Academy of Movies Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).

Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto showing their plaques of being nominated (Photo from Julia's Instagram account) /
Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto showing their plaques of being nominated (Photo from her Instagram account)

They are vying in the best actor and best actress categories for the movie “Love You To The Stars And Back.” At the Nominees Victory Party held a few days ago, they expressed gratefulness over the recognition, saying they already feel like winners just to be in the league of other good actors.

Then came the question: Are awards more important than box office returns?

Joshua said the success of the movie in theaters is important to the film producer while the plum is equivalent to an academic medal for actors. He said that above the two is love for the craft.

“Kasi ’pag ganu’n kahit ano pang mangyari alam naming ginagawa namin ’yung best namin,” he explained.

Julia agreed, noting that for her, what matters is being able to touch people’s lives in one way or another through her works.

“Na kapag napanuod ’yung pelikula proud ka sa nagawa tapos may na-inspire ka, may napatawa ka, may napaiyak ka. ’Yun ’yung main goal mo sa pelikula na sana ma-achieve mo through the reaction ng people,” she explained.

On Instagram, Julia shared a photo of herself with Joshua captioned with thanks to FAMAS.

“We’re just really happy to have received our plaques for being nominated as FAMAS Best Actress & Best Actor!!! Win or lose, it is an HONOR to have been nominated alongside amazing actresses!!! Thank you FAMAS for throwing a party for all the nominees and making everyone feel like a winner and equally appreciated…,” her post read.

President’s POV

Meanwhile, in the key note addressed delivered by FAMAS President Francia Conrado, she pointed out being nominated in any of the categories is already an honor.

She read aloud the article “Three words for the term Nomination: ‘It’s an Honor!’” written by former FAMAS Chairman Angelo “Eloy” Padua.

FAMAS President Francia Conrado (
FAMAS President Francia Conrado

“Here in the Philippines, show business is no longer exclusive to the beautiful people. It is now a battlefield for remarkable talents. And as everybody knows, one talent can be possessed not only by a handful but a number of people,” she read. “The purely-talented and the wannabes fight for the same attention. It’s just a matter of finding a way of standing out. In today’s world where almost everyone is equally beautiful, equally talented, and equally persistent, all you have to prove is that you’ve got far more better goods than everybody else.”

She said Angelo wrote that the stars will know they’re close to the top when an award-giving body notices them, and so being nominated is already a “huge honor.”

“Not everybody gets to be noticed. Your name together with the names of the others perceived ‘worthy’ is in a pool where only the elite swim,” Francia said.

Now, even if an actor doesn’t win, being nominated adds a little something to his market value she pointed out.

“It’s a sad state of mind that they don’t seem proud (of their nomination). Sometimes even, they fear losing to other contenders. Sometimes they feel that the nomination could lead them to disappointment if they do not win the award. They feel pressure from their peers, and sometimes they feel that if they don’t win, being on the nominee’s list is shameful.”

She stressed: “A nominee is already a winner in his own right because he or she is chosen to be shortlisted together with the names of the most brilliant in the country.”

The FAMAS Awards Night will be on June 10 at The Theatre at Solaire.

List of FAMAS Awards 2018 nominees:


1. “Respeto”
2. “Birdshot”
3. “Ang Larawan”
4. “Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right To Kill)”
5. “Love You To The Stars And Back”
6. “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness”
7. “The Chanters”
8. “Yield”
9. “Paki”
10. “Nervous Translation”


1. Treb Monteras – “Respeto”
2. Mikhail Red – “Birdshot”
3. Arnel Barbarona – “Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right To Kill)”
4. Antoinette Jadaone – “Love You To The Stars And Back”
5. Thop Nazareno – “Kiko Boksingero”
6. Khavn de la Cruz – “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness”
7. Shireen Seño – “Nervous Translation”
8. Victor Delotavo Tagaro and Toshiko Uriu – “Yield”


1. Iza Calzado – “Bliss”
2. Maja Salvador – “I’m Drunk, I Love You”
3. Agot Isidro – “Changing Partners”
4. Max Eigenmann – “Kulay Lila Ang Gabi Na Binudburan Pa Ng Mga Bituin”
5. Julia Barretto – “Love You To The Stars And Back”
6. Gloria Diaz – “Si Chedeng At Si Apple”
7. Nathalie Hart – “Historiographika Errata”
8. Dexter Doria – “Paki”
9. Joanna Ampil – “Ang Larawan”
10. Angeli Bayani – “Bagahe”


1. Dingdong Dantes – “Seven Sundays”
2. Jojit Lorenzo – “Changing Partners”
3. Abra – “Respeto”
4. Justine Samson – “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness”
5. Nonie Buencamino – “Smaller And Smaller Circles”
6. Bembol Roco – “What Home Feels Like”
7. Allen Dizon – “Bomba”
8. Noel Comia Jr. – “Kiko Boksingero”
9. Joshua Garcia – “Love You To The Stars And Back”
10. Timothy Castillo – “Neomanila”


1. Odette Khan – “Barboys”
2. Chai Fonacier – “Respeto”
3. Adrienne Vergara – “Bliss”
4. Irma Adlawan – “What Home Feels Like”
5. Thea Yrastorza – “Respeto”
6. Angellie Nicholle Sanoy – “Bomba”
7. Yayo Aguila – “Kiko Boksingero”
8. Cristine Reyes – “Seven Sundays”


1. Dido de la Paz – “Respeto”
2. Aga Muhlach – “Seven Sundays”
3. John Arcilla – “Birdshot”
4. Robert Arevalo – “Ang Larawan”
5. Edgar Allan Guzman – “Deadma Walking”
6. Mon Confiado – “Mga Gabing Kasinghaba Ng Hair Ko”
7. Ricky Davao – “Paki”
8. Loonie – “Respeto”
9. Jess Mendoza – “Sa Gabing Nanahimik Ang Mga Kuliglig”