- 78th Venice Film Festival best actor John Arcilla recently gave his fearless views on the state of political affairs in the Philippines
- He said that those occupying political positions in government should serve the people and not act like a king or a boss
- John also expressed his belief that actors like him are not merely entertainers but are also “catalysts for change”
- The actor is the first Southeast Asian artist to have won as best actor in the Venice Film Festival
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John Arcilla, the first-ever Southeast Asian artist to win as Venice Film Festival best actor, recently expressed his fearless views regarding the political affairs in the Philippines.
He also voiced hopes that his film, “On The Job: The Missing 8,” the very same movie that helped him win best actor in the said event, will open the eyes of Filipinos and enlighten them.
“If people will be enlightened because of this film, sana ay may gawin din ‘yung tao, hindi lang basta imulat ‘yung mata,” John said.
He said it is very important for people to realize what’s happening around them and start doing what they can to improve the situation, otherwise, it will only worsen.
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“…If you’re not going do something about such crimes and crisis in our society, this will not just stay, this will worsen,” the actor said.
John said that one way to help improve the situation is to vote for the right candidate in the coming 2022 elections.
“Ang kailangan nating lider na mapili, iyong magsasakripisyo para sa bayan, iyong tuturuan talaga ang mamamayan na, ‘Ito ang ating karapatan.’ We have to educate our people, at bigyan sila ng dignidad,” the Venice Film Festival best actor said.
He advised everyone to vote for a leader who will never dip his or her hands in the nation’s coffer and enrich themselves. Someone who would put the welfare of the Filipino people first.
“Ang dapat malaman ng Filipino, ang nakaupo ay tagapaglingkod, hindi hari, hindi amo,” John declared.
The actor then voiced hopes that the things Filipinos learned when they stood us one during the People Power Revolution of 1986 would be remembered and observed once again.
John said that actors like him can help because they are not just entertainers but are also “catalysts for change” who can transform society.
Romeo Gonzales Arcilla, better known in the Philippine entertainment world as John Arcilla, is a Pinoy actor and an environmental advocate. He was born on June 24, 1966 do Dominador Gil Alemania Arcilla and Eustacia Gonzales in Quezon City. John is a descendant, from his mother’s side, of former President Manuel L. Quezon. While he has appeared in dozens of movies, TV series, and Theater plays, he is best known and remembered for playing the role of Antonio Luna in the historical drama film Heneral Luna. He is also known for portraying the role of Hagorn in the fantasy-series Encantadia. John also portrayed the role of Renato Hipolito in the action-drama series, Ang Probinsyano.
John Arcilla, who plays the main antagonist, Renato Hipolito, in the action drama series, 'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano' recently answered some questions regarding the longest-running teleserye. One of the questions the actor addressed was a popular comment about how people never run out of bullets in the series. According to John, if they were to shoot every time they needed to reload their gun it will consume too much time. The award-winning actor also explained that it should be obvious that they are reloading their guns even if it is not explicitly shown.
He has won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the 78th Venice Film Festival. The Filipino star got the award for his lead role in the political-thriller film “On the Job: The Missing 8.” He was able to beat Hollywood stars Oscar Isaac and Benedict Cumberbatch in the best actor race. John expressed his regret in his virtual acceptance speech of not being able to physically attend the ceremony in Italy.