The much-anticipated Yahoo Celebrity Awards concluded on July 18 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The gathering became a star-studded affair that attracted thousands of screaming fans.
Only on its fourth year, the awards drew a whopping 17.5 million fan votes, recording the highest number of votes in its history.
And it was Ikaw Lamang star Kim Chiu who gained the highest number of votes—whopping of 744,773 votes. With this, she was awarded the 2014 Celebrity of the Year Award.
Fellow Kapamilya Actress Kathryn Bernardo in second place with 250,053 votes, Sarah Geronimo in third place with 137,439 votes and GMA’s Marian Rivera and last year’s Celebrity of the Year in fourth place, with 122,262 votes. Completing the nominees is Megan Young who came in fifth with 26,508 votes.
Chiu, fresh from her role in Bride for Rent, which was named as this year’s Movie of the Year, also took home the Actress of the Year Award.
Furthermore Coco Martin, Chiu’s co-star in Ikaw Lamang, this year’s Best Teleserye, set a Yahoo Celebrity Awards record by winning Actor of the Year, two years in a row.
Also from the same award-winning teleserye, Jake Cuenca received the Male Kontrabida award with 137,068 votes and the multi-talented Jennylyn Mercado received the Female Kontrabida award with 399,369 votes for her role in the teleserye, Rhodora X.
In the brand new category, Celebrity Couple, Bea Binene and Jake Vargas won the award with 272,406 votes and Celebrity Family was awarded to the Padilla Family, proving that performing and entertaining runs in the family as they received 238,905 votes.
The first ever Yahoo Celebrity Awards Social Media Star was received by Vice Ganda, who loves to engage with his 4 million followers on Twitter.
Yahoo rolled out the purple carpet for a night with VIPs, celebrities, media personalities, and of course for the real stars of the evening, the fans. The arena was filled with thousands of fans who brought in electrifying energy into the event. True to its theme, “Powered By You,” the awards inspired millions to vote for their favorite local celebrities.
Kate delos Reyes, Yahoo Philippines country manager and country editor, commented during the awards night, “The Yahoo Celebrity Awards in the Philippines has brought fans closer to their favorite celebrities, giving them a platform to express their love. The incredible response and record-breaking number of votes say it all! A big thank you to all the fans who powered the 2014 Yahoo Celebrity Awards—you inspire us to do better year after year.”
“The excitement in the air tonight is infectious and the energy of Filipino fans is simply unparalleled. I had witnessed this awesome energy even during the Yahoo on the Road bus tour to college campuses. Truly, Pinoy fans are incredible!” added Nitin Mathur, senior director, Marketing, Yahoo Asia Pacific.