Jiro Manio Sells Gawad Urian Best Actor Trophy

Jiro monetized the trophy for Php75, 000!

Former child actor Jiro Manio has decided to sell his Gawad Urian trophy to Boss Toyo—a content creator who runs a YouTube series titled “Pinoy Pawnstars.” 

Jiro Manio
Jiro Manio
Screengrab from Boss Toyo Production on YouTube

Jiro made a historic feat after he was hailed at 12 years old the youngest recipient of Pinakamahusay na Aktor award at the 27th Gawad Urian in 2004. 

Given by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, the former child star bagged the merit for his important portrayal of the titular role in “Magnifico,” which was shown in 2003. 

Aside from that, Jiro was also recognized as Best Child Actor by the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) in 2004 for the same role. 

Two decades later, Jiro has yet again made headlines after appearing in a YouTube vlog, wherein he can be seen selling the trophy from MPP. 

In the vlog, Jiro says, “Nung napanood kita, sabi ng utol ko na magtatayo ka daw ng museum. Naisip ko, sana mapabilang ako doon sa mga dating artista na nakatanggap ng mga awards.”

Initially priced at Php 500,000, the former child actor was able to monetize the trophy for Php 75,000 after a series of negotiations. 

When Jiro was asked if he has any plans on returning to showbiz, he says that he is focused on being a volunteer in the Department of Health’s drug rehabilitation center in Bataan. 

After Jiro’s appearance in the 2010 film “Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na ‘To), he became inactive in the entertainment industry and was reported to have been dealing with substance addiction from 2011 to 2017.  

Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino member reacts to Jiro Manio 

Butch Fancisco, an esteemed member of the MPP, had a relatively light response to Jiro’s decision to sell the trophy. 

In a report by PEP.ph, the member of the council says, “I am happy for him. We’re glad to be of service.” 

Upon knowing that the actor was able to monetize the relic for Php 75,000, Butch quips that he would refer Boss Toyo to the direct makers of the trophy for a discounted price. 

As for Butch, the negotiated price came off amusing since a single trophy can be sourced for a floor price of Php 6,000. 

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