Snooky Serna wins 2 major awards in New York

Published June 3, 2021, 10:24 AM

by Stephanie Bernardino

Snooky Serna

Snooky Serna is not resting on her laurels.

The 51-year-old former star recently achieved a new career milestone after she bagged two awards at the 11th International Film Festival Manhattan in New York recently.

In an interview with “24 Oras,” the Kapuso star couldn’t help but feel emotional when she found out about her Best Actress award and Jury Award Best Performance (Male or Female, Short or Feature) for the film “In the Name of The Mother.”

“I really don’t want to cry, but I shed a tear. I really did not expect it at all that I’ll win, and I won two awards,” she said in a mix of English and Filipino.
“It was a dream come true for me.”

The film, produced by Heaven’s Best Entertainment, was directed by Joel Lamangan.

The story revolves around Carmen (Snooky), who faces the wreckage of her husband’s suicide two years after he left her for another woman. The 54-year-old math teacher boldly assumes the debts that drove him to kill himself and revives the jewelry store she used to manage for him.

In an act of compassion, she gives back her husband’s devastated mistress her old job as a saleslady at the store. This stuns her three children, especially her daughter, the feisty middle child (Rita Daniela). As her children struggle with their own lives, Carmen’s desperate efforts to keep her family intact eventually come home to roost—with mixed results.

Since 2014, Filipino stars have been winning the Best Actress trophy except in 2017 where Brazil’s Leticia Braga bagged the award.

In 2020, Lovi Poe won for “Latay (Battered Husband);” Gloria Romero for “Rainbow Sunset,” (2019); Andi Eigenmann, “The Maid in London,” (2018); Nathalie Hart for “Siphayo,” (2016); Aiko Melendez, “Asintado,” (2015); and Liza Diño, “In Nomine Matris” (In the Name of the Mother), (2014).”