Paulo Avelino honored Aki, his 10-year-old son with ex-girlfriend LJ Reyes, when he accepted his Best Actor award at the recently concluded 2020 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
He said, “Salamat sa lahat ng bumubuo ng MMFF at MMDA. Salamat, alam ko mahirap ang buhay ngayon para sa karamihan sa atin pero pinapanalangin ko na lang na sana umayos ang lahat. Kumapit lang tayo. Lumaban lang tayo. Sigurado akong darating ang panahon sa hindi malayong kinabukasan na giginhawa ulit ang mga pamumuhay natin. This is for you Aki!”
Note that he won the award for his performance in “Fan Girl,” which also snagged other awards including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, and 3rd Best Float award.