The Sarah Geronimo-John Lloyd Cruz tandem (top frame) and the love team of Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson were among those honored in the awards night of the 40th Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Photo: Paul Fabregas

ABS-CBN talents John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo were crowned Box Office King and Queen of 2008 for making a killing in the romantic comedy A Very Special Love (2008). The awards night of the 40th Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (GMMSFI) had its TV broadcast on ABS-CBN last Sunday, June 28. It was held last June 21 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium of the RCBC Plaza in Makati City.

 

The rom-com, is a prequel to You Changed My Life, which was offered in 2009. A Very Special Love, which ran for eight weeks since it was released on July 30 last year, reportedly reaped P180 million in the box office.

 

An overwhelmed Sarah, who went up the stage three times—also taking home awards for Female Concert Performer of the Year and Female Recording Artist of the Year for her The Next One concert tour—gushed: "Wow, Lord, sobra sobra na po ito! Sino ba ang mag-aakala na aakyat ako dito sa stage para tanggapin ang Box Office Queen award! Noong maliit pa ako, pinapanood ko lang po silang tumanggap ng award. Hindi ko po akalain na magiging ganap na artista ako kasama ang Box Office King John Loyd Cruz!"

 

"Namimiss ko na nga si Laida [Magtalas]," she continued, referring to her character in AVSP. "Na-inspire namin ang marami na ang isang Miggy Montenegro [John Lloyd Cruz's character] ay mai-iinlove sa isang Laida Magtalas. Feel na feel ko, e!"

 

John Lloyd kept the crown after winning the title last year for One More Chance, a romance drama that he topbilled with Bea Alonzo who was 2007 Box Office Queen.


"Magandang isipin na sa isang bahagi ng buhay ko, pinakamaraming nanood ng pelikula ko!" he said in his acceptance speech.

 

Another big reaper in the awards night was KC Concepcion who, via VTR, accepted her awards for Most Promising Female Star of Movies & TV, New Female Recording Artist of the Year (Promising Singer) for her 2008 release a.k.a. Cassandra, and Princess of Philippine Movies & TV along with GMA-7 talent Richard Gutierrez.

The Film Actor and Film Actress of the Year awards went to Christopher de Leon for his role as a man dying of cancer in Magkaibigan and Megastar Sharon Cuneta for her portrayal of an OFW in Caregiver.

 

The hilarious and buxom star of Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat, Ai-Ai delas Alas, became very excited when the nominees for the Comedy Box-Office Queen were being announced that she was already standing up even before her name was called.

 

"Hindi naman ako masyadong excited 'no?" she grinned as she accepted the award. "Nagpapasalamat ako kay God, kay Mama Mary dahil hindi ko akalaing magiging blockbuster pa ang pelikula ko dahil sa hirap ng buhay ngayon, may nanonood pa rin ng pelikula ko!"


Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, who both received the Phenomenal Love Team award, gave their fans another reason to think about their real relationship behind-the-cameras. Upon receiving the award, Dingdong declared: "Sa lahat ng aming napasaya at napaibig, para sa inyo ito." Marian replied by raising her trophy to Dingdong, and saying, "At sa ‘yo."


Another love team that went up the stage that night was Gerald Anderson and Kim Chiu, who were hailed as the Most Popular Loveteam of Movies & TV. Kim was thrilled to announce that she and Gerald have received this award for the past three years. "Simula 2006 nang maging loveteam kami, kami na po ang napili ng Guillermo. Salamat sa inyong pagtitiwala at sa lahat ng Kimerald fans," said Kim during her acceptance speech.

 

MUSICIANS HONORED. Gary Valenciano, who is reviving his music career via a series of concerts, took home the Male Concert Performer of the Year award for the Gary Live@25 concert tour.


Two Filipino singers were honored with the Outstanding Global Achievement by a Filipino Artist award. Arnel Pineda received his award via VTR from Europe, where the vocalist is now on tour with the American rock band Journey.

 

Charice Pempengco, who has achieved international fame at the tender age of 17, was also honored with the award.

"This is a blessing," Charice beamed. "And I wish na mag continue pa ang mga blessings na dumarating sa akin dahil ishe-share ko ang lahat ng ito sa inyo."

 

The Guillermo Memorial foundation, which is also a scholarship foundation, annually hands out the awards to filmmakers, actors, television directors and screen writers who make an impact in the box office and TV ratings.

Here is a complete list of the winners of the 40th Guillermo Box Office Awards:

Box Office King & Queen - John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo (A Very Special Love)

Female Concert Performer of the Year- Sarah Geronimo (The Next One)

Female Recording Artist of the Year - Sarah Geronimo (The Next One)

Film Actor of the Year - Christopher de Leon (Magkaibigan)

Film Actress of the Year - Sharon Cuneta (Caregiver)

Male Concert Performer of the Year - Gary Valenciano (Gary Live@25)

Male Recording Artist of the Year - Martin Nievera (Milestone)

Most Popular Child Actor, Movies & TV - Robert "Buboy" Villar

Most Popular Child Actress, Movies & TV - Sharlene San Pedro

Most Popular Dance Group - EB Babes of Eat Bulaga!

Most Popular Film Director - Cathy Garcia-Molina (A Very Special Love)

Most Popular Film Producer - Star Cinema

Most Popular Loveteam of Movies & TV - Gerald Anderson & Kim Chiu

Most Popular Novelty Singer - Moymoy Palaboy

Most Popular Recording Group - Spongecola

Most Popular Screenwriter - Raz Sobida dela Torre (A Very Special Love)

Most Popular Television Program - Dyesebel (GMA-7)

Most Popular TV Director - Bb. Joyce Bernal (Dyesebel)

Most Promising Female Star of Movies & TV - KC Concepcion

Most Promising Male Star of Movies & TV - Aljur Abrenica

Most Promising Performing Group - You've Got Male (Gian Magdangal, Jan Nieto, Harry Santos, and Bryan Termulo)

New Female Recording Artist of the Year (Promising Singer) - KC Concepcion (a.k.a. Cassandra)

New Male Recording Artist of the Year (Most Promising Singer) - Bugoy Drilon (Paano Na Kaya?)

Prince & Princess of Philippine Movies & TV - Richard Gutierrez & KC Concepcion (For The First Time)


Special Awards:


Bert Marcelo Award (for Comedians) - Eugene Domingo

Comedy Box-Office King/s - Vic Sotto & Dolphy (Dobol Trobol)

Comedy Box-Office Queen - Ai-Ai delas Alas (Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat)

Most Phenomenal Loveteam: Dingdong Dantes & Marian Rivera

Outstanding Global Achievement by a Filipino Artist - Arnel Pineda & Charice Pempengco

Outstanding/Special Merit Award for Music (posthumous award) - Francis Magalona

Valentine Box-Office King & Queen - Richard Gutierrez & Marian Rivera (My Best Friend's Girlfriend)