Aliw Awards, the country’s only award-giving body for all forms of live entertainment, concluded its 28th edition at the Star Theater in Pasay City, recognizing 40 of the best Filipino performers.
The night’s biggest winner was Gerphil Flores as she bagged Best Classical Performer, Best Crossover Performer, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year awards. Flores made wave this year as she finished third place at Asia’s Got Talent.
She wowed the international stage with her classical but self-taught style of singing, which she generously showcased to the audience that night in a wonderful performance.
Besides Flores, the event also featured some of the country’s best vocal performers like Kuh Ledesma, and Mark Bautista. OPM Hitmen, comprised of Richard Reynoso, Rannie Raymundo, Chad Borja and Renz Verano, also gave out an energetic song number.
Meanwhile, multi-hyphenated actress, host and singer Toni Gonzaga was inducted to Aliw Award’s Hall of Fame for having won Best Female Emcee award three times.
Joining her in the Hall of Fame are Liesl Batucan, Best Actress; Tanghalang SLU, Best Cultural Group; and Ballet Manila, Best Dance Company.
The Manila Times’ very own columnist, Public Attorney’s Office Chief Persida Rueda Acosta, was awarded the first ever Alice Hernandz Reyes Awards for “upholding the rights of the underprivilege[d]and for seeking justice for all.” Manila City representative Amado Bagatsing also received the same award.
Another first in this year’s list of awards is Aliw’s Breakthrough Performers of the Year Award, which was given to GMA’s phenomenal love team, Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, collectively known as AlDub. Unfortunately, the pair failed to make it to the awarding ceremony.
The 28th Aliw Awards was hosted by Jojo Alejar and Njel de Mesa.