A great news for the Filipino entertainment world, as one of the great artists won an International award for an Indie Film.
"This is the first time I won in an International Film Festival."
Ai Ai de las Alas, Always A Queen.
Martina Eileen delas Alas, professionally known as Ai-Ai delas Alas, actress and dubbed as the "Philippine Queen of Comedy"
When people are asked what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Ai Ai Delas Alas, you will be amazed they have the same answer- Comedy Queen and a great actress.
Indeed. There is no question about that. She has traveled far and wide to be where she is now. The Comedy Queen.
Ai Ai has become a household name. People laugh when she laughs. They cry when she cries
Ai Ai has the power to make you roll when she cracks jokes, and cry when she does. She can be both serious and playful. On screen, she can switch roles with ease - from serious to funny, tragic to happy.
Ai Ai delas Alas was recently named Best Female Actor at the conclusion of 7th Queens World Film Festival in Astor, Queens, New York on March 19, 2017 for her dramatic portrayal as an aging prostitute in the indie film "Area," besting Karin Hanczewski, Dorothea Hagena and Amy Redford, daughter of actor Robert Redford.
The film, which stars Ai Ai Delas Alas, set on a whorehouse in Pampanga dubbed an “area” in which aging prostitutes either wither away or limp to finally escape prostitution.
Ai Ai is truly a queen. Countless times she has proven her grit that she is a bombshell wherever and whatever instance she maybe.
Jurors of the Queens World Film Festival were spellbound by her portrayal in the movie. Her character showed the real truth of the state of prostitution in the country and even in other parts parts of the world.
Ai Ai says that she was not optimistic to get an international award because there were 156 great international movies in the competition.
"Area" is not Ai Ai Delas Alas’ first foray into indie filmmaking. She has starred in Nick Olanka’s 2014 film Ronda as a police officer who tries to look for her missing child.
But truly as the old saying goes, "when it rains, it pours." And with Ai Ai, everything is rosy in the home front, in her love life and in her career. (Ai Ai stars in the forthcoming Regal Films Mighty Yaya and will be working in a movie under Star Cinema soon. She is a mainstay in GMA 7's Hay Bahay and Sunday Pinasaya)
But through all these years, her stardom never consumed her totality. She is still the same Martina Eileen family and close friends knew, the same Martina Eileen who just wants to be happy and be surrounded with people she loves.
And everybody knows she works hard for her family, who not only is an inspiration, but the reason for being.