After bagging the Cinema One Originals 2018 Best Actress award, Iyah Mina's family and friends were quick to express their happiness and elation for the "Mamu; And a Mother" star. One of which is the blockbuster star Vice Ganda.
In an interview with Iyah on Magandang Buhay, the Cinema One Originals actress received a video message from Vice. In the video, Vice said, “I’m very proud of her, doon pa lang na nagkaroon siya ng pelikula na siya ang bida, masayang masaya na ‘ko para sa kanya. Yung nanalo siya ng Best Actress, bonus na lang yun eh, pero ang laking bagay.”
The It's Showtime host added, “Sila ‘yung magkakabatch nila Negi sa comedy bar. Nong nakita ko (sila), sabi ko, sila yung new breed. Sila yung mga ‘up and coming’ kaya pag may mga ganap dito sa ABS-CBN, na naghahanap ng mga bagong komedyante, nirerefer ko sila nila Negi."
In response to the video message, Iyah said that Vice played a big role in the growth of her career in the entertainment industry. Iyah shared, “Sobrang malaking bagay. Nagbibigay talaga siya ng chance, nagbibigay siya ng moment. Kagabi nga, niyakap ko siya ulit, sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Thank you kasi hindi mo kami nakakalimutan, kaming mga baguhan."
Iyah made history during the Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2018 Awards Night after being hailed as the very first transgender woman in the Philippines who received the Best Actress award.