LJ Reyes (MNS photo)

LJ Reyes (MNS photo)

MANILA, Sept 21 (Mabuhay) -– LJ Reyes was named Best Actress in the 13th Pacific Meridian International Film Festival for her performance in the independent film “Anino sa Likod ng Buwan.”

The film festival was held from September 12 to 18 in Vladivostok, Russia.

The recognition is Reyes’ first Best Actress award.

Reyes said she was at a loss for words when she received a text from her movie director, Jun Robles Lana, that she won the award.

“Nung nabasa ko, naiyak na lang ako. God knows how hard I worked for that film kaya sobrang sarap ng feeling. It is such a good blessing from God. He is so kind to me,” she was quoted as saying.

While she wasn’t in Russia to personally accept the award, Reyes said: “Walang panghihinayang [na hindi ako nakapunta]. ‘Yung ma-appreciate ng viewers ang movie namin is already a reward. Pero para ma-recognize pa, icing on the cake na ‘yun.”

After winning an award, Reyes said she is looking forward for Filipino moviegoers to also see the film.

Aside from Reyes, Lana was also named Best Director and the movie also received two critic prizes. (MNS)