Piamonte is first FAMAS Awardee from Iloilo

GC T. Castro, UPV OAR

Kevin Peter Amado P. Piamonte (HS’83, BA BroadComm’87, UPV) received the FAMAS Award for Best Short Film for SOLO in UPV Cinematheque, Iloilo City last February 23, 2022. Piamonte was given the award in the 69th FAMAS Virtual Awards Night held last December 12, 2021.

FAMAS representative Nelson Mendoza bestowed the award to Piamonte – the first-ever filmaker from Iloilo to receive one of the Philippines’ most prestigious awards for film.

In his acceptance speech, Piamonte said “This is for all the Ilonggos! This is for all of us.” Referring to a regional film bagging a mainstream award he added, “This can happen after all. This really can happen after all. No dream is impossible.”

The film was screened for free at the UPV Cinematheque from February 21 to 23 to give the Ilonggos a chance to see this award-winning film in the big screen. For some viewers, this is their first big screen experience since the pandemic started.

Present during the awarding were Piamonte’s family and friends, media correspondents, members the production, UPV alumni and personnel, and UPV officials headed by Chancellor Clement Castigador Camposano.

Piamonte is a faculty member of the UPV College of Arts and Sciences Division of Humanities.

SOLO is produced by ERK Film Production and University of the Philippines Visayas.

(Photos by Gian Genoveza/UPV IPO, and GC Castro/UPV OAR)