Scions of award-winning actors dominated the top acting awards at the Cinema One Originals Festival 2012.
The winners were announced tonight, December 3, at ABS-CBN's Dolphy Theater in Quezon City.
Winners of the top acting awards were Mara Lopez and Alex Medina, who played a couple in Ato Bautista's Palitan, a sex-drama.
Palitan is Mara's first lead role. Mara, the daughter of beauty queen-actress Maria Isabel Lopez, was previously known for finishing second in the last season of Survivor Philippines Celebrity Edition.
When Mara accepted the award onstage, she immediately thanked her parents for allowing her to accept the risky role.
Upon hearing this, her mother Maria Isabel, who was in the audience, shouted, "Like mother, like daughter!"
Mara beat popular actresses such as Erich Gonzales (Mariposa sa Hawla ng Gabi), Lauren Young (Catnip), and Gina Alajar (Mater Dolorosa) for the award.
Mara's screen partner Alex Medina, on the other hand, is the youngest son of character actor Pen Medina.
Alex was speechless when he accepted his award. He asked the audience, "Totoo ba 'to?"
Alex beat two other nominees: Mon Confiado (Palitan) and Adrian Sebastian (Baybayin).
New actor Nicholas Varela won Best Supporting Actor for Aberya, and new actress Ria Garcia won Best Supporting Actress for Melodrama Negra.
Kevin Dayrit's Catnip won Best Director and Best Screenplay, but the Best Picture award went to Pam Miras's Pascalina.
Iconic director Peque Gallaga was also given a lifetime achievement award.
Direk Peque is known for movies like Oro Plata Mata (1982) and Scorpio Nights (1985).
In his acceptance speech, the award-winning filmmaker encouraged the directors in the venue.