LOOK: ‘Gameboys’ Elijah Canlas Wins Top Prize in Asian Film Festival in Italy

The lead star of the ongoing local BL series Gameboys, Elijah Canlas, has just won the Best Actor award from the recently concluded 17th Asian Film Festival held in Rome, Italy.

The 19-year-old actor won for his role in the critically-acclaimed independent film Kalel, 15 directed by Jun Robles Lana. In the movie, Elijah plays the titular character who struggles to navigate through life after finding out he was HIV-positive.

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In a tweet, Director Lana congratulated Elijah for the well-deserved recognition. “The great thing about Elijah is that he’s a chameleon. When he takes on a role, he becomes the character, and you can’t imagine it being played by anyone else. He’s a gifted storyteller and he really works so hard at it. Congraaats,” he said.

Elijah expressed his sincerest gratitude to the filmmakers behind Kalel, 15 on his own social media accounts. “This means the world to me. Thanks, direk! For trusting me and squeezing the best out of me. I promise to always work hard,” he said.

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Congratulations, Elijah!

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