Aliw Awards bestow honors to 2017’s best performers in the live circuit
Artists in the live circuit had their share of honors when their hard work were recognized by the Aliw Awards Foundation in a musically energized ceremonies on December 19 at the Mabuhay Pavilion of the Manila Hotel.
Celebrating the foundation’s 40th anniversary, trophies were handed at the 30th Annual Aliw Awards with new additions to its roster of achievers for the year.
Biggest winner of them all was iconic singer-recording artist-stage actress Celeste Legaspi who took the Entertainer of the Year plum, plus Lifetime Achievement Award and Best Actress (Non-Musical Play) as Leticia in “Virgin Labfest 13’s Si Dr. Dolly Dalisay At Ang Mga Ladybugs.”
It was the second time for the daughter of National Artist Cesar Legaspi after 38 years to be bestowed the Entertainer of the Year distinction having been declared the third winner in 1979.
Singing “Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal” in the finale, Legaspi thanked Aliw Awards for the triple distinction and also made a fitting pitch for the Metro Manila Film Festival 2017 entry, “Ang Larawan,” which she co-produced with friends. Incidentally, the movie adaptation of the Nick Joaquin classic was proclaimed Best Picture on December 27 during the Gabi Ng Parangal, making Legaspi a multiple-awardee across entertainment genres.
Another notable winner was filmmaker Joel Lamangan, who was elevated to the Hall of Fame as Aliw Awards Best Actor. Many people don’t know but Lamangan already won three Best Actor trophies for his live performances as early as 1981 for “Ang Buhay Ni Galileo,” which he recently reprised; “Macbeth,” “Everybody Loves Them Filipinos” and “Fake.” He also won Best Stage Director (Musical) for “Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag.”
Others elevated to the Hall of Fame were Pinky Amador as Best Actress. She performed “La Vien En Rose” in its original French lyrics, then in English and Filipino by Pete Lacaba; lawyer-actor-producer-director Vince Tañada for Best Stage Direction for “Ako Si Ninoy” in 2009, “Enzo, Santo” in 2010 and “Katips” in 2016; Ateneo de Manila University’s resident artist-director Ricky Abad for Best Director; and Rockin’ 60s as Best Group Lounge Performers.
The Lifetime Achievement Awards were handed to dancer-choreographer-actress Geleen Eugenio, singer-recording artist Claire dela Fuente, singer Jun Polistico, Spirit of ’67 singing group who were already elevated to the Hall of Fame in 2006, and McDonald’s founding chairman George Yang for his love for classical music and sponsoring scholarships through the Klassical Music Foundation. Yang’s award was received for him by Andrew Fernando. Awardees who were not able to come were Hajji Alejandro and Onofre Pagsanghan.
In a short chat with The Manila Times, Aliw Awards Foundation founding chairman and current president Alice Reyes said they plan to bring the award to the regional level this year so as to recognize the abundant Filipino talent in the provinces.
The 2017 Board of Judges was composed of Reyes, Rod Cornejo, Harlene Bautista, Joy Belmonte, Consoliza Laguardia, Wanda Tulfo-Teo, Rema Manzano and Dero Pedero. The Screening Committee was co-chaired by Sonny Valencia and Frank Rivera with members Dennis Aguilar, Arthur Casanova, Aristeo Garcia, Njel de Mesa, Joey Nombres, Philip Panganiban, Jan Reyes, Tess Tan and Art Tapalla.
Hosting the show was Garie Concepcion who was awarded Best Female Host.
Below is the complete list of winners:
Entertainer of the Year: Celeste Legaspi
Best Major Concert (Female): Lea Salonga, “Songs from the Stage,” PICC
Best Major Concert (Male): Erik Santos, “Greatest OPM Classics,” The Theater at Solaire
Best Major Concert (Group): Aegis, “Aegis Na Aegis: A Story Of Us”
Best Performance in a Concert (Male): Gerald Santos, “Something New In My Life,” SM Skydome
Best Performance in a Concert (Female): Jessa Zaragoza, Angeles Casino Filipino
Best Collaboration in a Concert: Hajji Alejandro/Rey Valera/Marco Sison, “OPM Icons,” The Theater at Solaire
Best Child Performer: Noel Comia Jr., “Fun Home,” Atlantis Productions
Best New Artist (Male/Female): LA Santos
Best New Artist (Group): UGG
Best Actress in a Featured Role: Aicelle Santos, Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag, Grand Leisure Corporation/GTF
Best Actor in a Featured Role (Play and Musical): Joel Saracho, “Buwan At Baril in Eb Major,” Sugid Productions and Jim Pebanco, Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag
Best Actor (Non-Musical): Alexis Yasuda, “Love Team, Virgin Labfest 13” and Paul Cedrick Juan, “Sakuntala,” Art Theater Manila
Best Actress (Non-Musical): Celeste Legaspi, Si Dr. Dolly Dalisay At Ang Mga Ladybugs, Virgin Labfest 13
Best Actor (Musical): David Ezra, “Aurelio Sedisyoso,” Tanghalang Pilipino
Best Actress (Musical): Cris Villonco, Fun Home, Atlantis Productions
Best Female Host: Garie Concepcion
Best Male Host: Robi Domingo
Best Stand-Up Comedian: Alex Calleja
Best Stage Director (Musical): Joel Lamangan, Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag
Best Dance Company: Addlib
Best Cultural Group: Aklan Performing Arts Network
Best Choral Group: Pagcor Choir
Best Festival Practices and Performance: Bambani Festival (Isabela) and Niyogyugan Festival (Lucena, Quezon)
Best Instrumentalist: Merjohn Lagaya (Violin)
Best DJ for Electronic Dance Music: Jennifer Lee
Best Classical Dancer (Male): Rudy de Dios, Ballet Manila
Best Classical Dancer (Female): Denise Parungao, Ballet Philippines
Best Classical Performer (Male): Al Gatmaitan
Best Classical Performer (Female): Lara Maigue
Best Crossover Performer: Ynez Veneracion
Best Production for Children: “Mga Palaka Sa Balon,” Manila Tytana College
Best Non-Musical Production: Sakuntala, Art Theater Manila
Best Original Musical Production: Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag, Grand Leisure Corporation/GTF
Best Dance Production: “Ibong Adarna,” Ballet Manila
Best Ensemble Performance: Ensemble Cast of “Obra Ni Juan,” Philippine Stagers Foundation
Best Performance In A New Concept Production: Banaue Miclat-Janssen, Banaue And Kammerchor Manila/Miclat Arts Foundation
Best New Concept Production: “Anatomya Ng Babaeng Pugita,” BJMP Baguio City
Best Director For New Concept Production: Angelo Aurelio, Anatomya Ng Babaeng Pugita, BJMP Baguio City
Best Concert Stage Director: Bong Quintana, “Pili Pinas,” Pagcor
Best Musical Director/Composer For Musical Theater: Pippo Cifra, Obra Ni Juan, Philippine Stagers Foundation and Von de Guzman, Maynila Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag, Grand Leisure Corporation, GFT
Best Performer in Hotels, Music Lounges and Bars: Jean Kiley, CenterPlay/Chaos Night Club, City of Dreams Manila
Best Performer in Hotels, Music Lounges and Bars (Group): Draybers, Bar 360, Resorts World Manila
Breakthrough Performance: JC Santos, Buwan At Baril in Eb Major