By Chandral Selim
"I believe we are ready for the global scene...the international stage is opening up and there are opportunities to showcase our talents worldwide."
These were the words of actress Jodi Sta. Maria in an Instagram post after attending the 2016 International Emmy Awards held at the Hilton New York this Tuesday, November 22 (Manila time).
Jodi was nominated for the Best Actress award for her role in the hit Kapamilya television show, "Pangako Sa 'Yo." The award went to Christiane Paul in "Unterm Radar (Under the Radar)" from Germany.
Likewise, "Bridges of Love", starring Maja Salvador, Paulo Avelino, and Jericho Rosales, also scored a nomination for Best Telenovela but lost to Brazilian show "Verdades Secretas".
Nonetheless, Jodi maintains a positive outlook and said that attending the 44th IEmmys was a "memorable experience."
Ever optimistic, Jodi wrote, "Making new friends, sharing a glimpse of the Filipino hospitality to my fellow nominees, proudly speaking about the beauty of the Philippines and representing the country to 15 nations made it more meaningful and special."
"This will serve as inspiration for me to be more dedicated and serious and passionate about my craft and to be better than the person who I was yesterday. When God gives us talents and puts a dream in our hearts, its for a good purpose. And its up to us to have courage to pursue, fight, believe, and fulfill that dream. To God be the glory!"
Jodi attended the IEmmys alongside Star Creatives manager Henry King Quintain, ABS-CBN Program Acquisitions and International Distribution head Leng Raymundo, Star Creatives Business Unit Head Des Tanwangco, and ABS-CBN Chief Content Officer and the 2015's iEmmys gala chair Charo Santos-Concio.
Let's take a look back on more moments from Jodi's IEmmys experience:
Catch Jodi in the upcoming film "Dear Other Self" with JC de Vera and Joseph Marco.
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