Carrot Man Wins Best Actor in New York Festival
Jeyrick Sigmaton, aka “Carrot Man” gained popularity in February 2016 after photos of him hauling carrots in Benguet were posted on Facebook by Edwina Bandong. The young Igorot’s shot to fame launched his modeling career, with a few EDSA billboards under his belt.
Sigmaton was nominated at this year's New York's International Film Festival Manhattan, Autumn edition, in which he won Best Actor for his work on Dayas, a short film about small-scale gold miners in the Cordilleras.
Director Jianlin Floresca gave a short statement on their win.
“We're very thankful to have the Best Actor award for Jeyrick Sigmaton. So on behalf of my actor and the entire cast of Sine Cordillera's Dayas, and also on behalf of all Igorots all over the world, bagi tayo daytoy (this is for all of us)," said Floresca.
What happened to Carrot Man after his viral photos?
After his photos went viral in 2016, Sigmaton pursued a short career in modeling, then took advantage of his fame and started a singing career.
In April 2019, Sigmaton appeared on Willie Revillame’s show, Wowowin where it was revealed he is now part of a boy band called FAB4Z. On the show, Revillame asked if Sigmaton still harvested carrots for a living, to which he replied “In the last two months.” It can be remembered that Revillame offered Sigmaton a full scholarship in 2016.
The following are some photos posted on Sigmaton’s Facebook account.