Three years ago, multi-awarded teen actress THERESE MALVAR (Teri) won her first Best Actress trophy for the indie film “Ang Huling Cha Cha ni Anita” directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo given during the first CineFilipino Film Festival of 2013.

She bested veteran actresses Nora Aunor and Eula Valdes who both equally gave stunning acting performances as expected, but it was Teri (as she was once called) that caught the eye of the judges that year.

It was a feat that will forever etched her name not only in the award-winning indie actress circle but also as one of the most promising young actress of this generation.

Teri, when casted for the lead role in “Ang Huling Cha Cha ni Anita”, had no previous acting background aside from joining declamation contests in school. She wasn’t even supposed to audition for the film.

Two weeks ago, I met Therese at the Sip & Gogh shop in Eastwood City where she revealed in one of our conversations that becoming an actress was never really part of the plan. In fact, she considers herself as an introvert, too shy to even express her own feelings. Growing up, Teri said that she was never the outspoken and expressive type and even thought of becoming a nun someday.

So does that mean that Teri’s acting award was just because of pure luck? Apparently not!

Well aside from getting a CineFilipino trophy, Therese also became the youngest nominee of the Gawad Urian Awards for Best Actress at the age of 13.

In 2016, Therese took home the Best Actress Award at the 15th New York Asian Film Festival and 38th Moscow International Film Festival for her role in the film “HAMOG”. She became the first Southeast Asian actress to have won ab award in the Moscow Film Festival.

Her coming out moment was probably her first acting experience as well. Teri said that she was exposed to very talented and confident people and being surrounded by them for almost everyday must have been the reason why she was able to break free from her shell of insecurities.

Aside from acting, Teri also loves to paint and do calligraphy. And on her free time, she reads – among her favorites are the JK Rowling series and Tuesdays with Morrie.  

Now 16 years old, Therese is fast becoming one of the hottest and most in demand young actresses  in the local entertainment scene not only with the indie film circle but also in mainstream film and television.

In fact, she was one of the lead cast in the recently released horror flick “ILAWOD” playing the role of Isla, a malevolent water spirit that haunts innocent victims and lures them to danger.

She is also an integral part in the mainstream-released indie movie “SAKALING HINDI MAKARATING.”

Teri is also a Kapuso, managed by the GMA Artist Center, she will be part of the upcoming afternoon TV series Legally Blind with Janine Gutierrez, Mikael Daez and Lauren Young. She will play the role of Janine’s super positive younger sister.

Here’s my video and interview with Therese at Sip & Gogh:


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