Jeyrick Sigmaton, a.k.a ‘Carrot Man,’ wins Best Actor in New York

Published October 23, 2021, 9:00 AM

by John Legaspi

He starred in the short film ‘Dayas

Jeyrick Sigmaton, who rose to fame as “Carrot Man,” has definitely become more than just an internet sensation. The shy and humble actor from the Cordilleras just recently made a name for himself overseas as he won the Best Actor award for the Short Film category at the International Film Festival Manhattan (IFFM) Autumn 2021 in New York.

Jeyrick Sigmaton (Still from ‘Dayas’)

The Igorot actor starred in the featurette “Dayas,” directed by Jianlin De Los Santos Floresca and produced by Be Unrivaled Production. Mirroring real-life scenarios, the short film tells a story of small-scale gold miners in Itogon, Benguet, and presents an all-Igorot ensemble.

“It’s about the livelihood of Kankanaeys in Cordillera,” the director said. “We will be showcasing cultural attributes… kahit na in a short period of time, we wanted to show what genuine Igorot talent [could] do.”

Also showcased among the IFFM 2021 featured films are other Filipino works such as “Wounded Blood” by Danni Ugali, “Fragments” by Mac Alejandre, among others.

Watch the preview of “Dayas” below.