When Kris Aquino (left) and Claudine Barretto were named Box Office Queens for 2006, host Ogie Alcasid declared: "This just shows that the movie industry is back on its feet again." Photo: Kris (Noel Orsal) & Claudine (Paul Mata)

 

In the span of 37 years, the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Foundation, Inc. (GMMSF) has never crowned two Box-Office Queens at the same time—until now.

 

Claudine Barretto and Kris Aquino were both hailed as Box Office Queens of 2006 for their top grossing film, Sukob. Incidentally, Star Cinema, the movie outfit of ABS-CBN that produced this horror flick, was chosen as the Most Popular Film Producer during the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc.'s 37th Grand Annual Awards and Coronation Night held last night, April 25, at the RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

 

Claudine, who is now six months pregnant with Raymart Santiago's baby, was pleasantly surprised when she learned about her award. "I'm very happy, isang napakalaking karangalan. Hindi ko akalain na posible pala ‘yon [ang magkaroon ng tie]," the actress told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal] moments after she received her trophy from the award-giving body.

 

Her Sukob co-star Kris was unable to attend the event because she is still confined at Makati Medical Center after giving birth to her son, James Jr., last April 19 .

 

Vic Sotto feigned surprise when his name was called as the Box Office King. "Sa apat na taon, ngayon lang ako naghanda ng speech," he began, then brought out several typewritten pages, which were actually the program of the awards night. "Biro lang, comedian ako, e. Salamat, as usual, nagbibiro lang ako last year pero natotohanan na. Again, nagpapasalamat ako sa Guillermo Mendoza Foundation...Scholarship something, something...apat na taon na, hindi ko pa mamemorize!"

 

He adds, "Siyempre, it won't be complete if I won't dedicate this award to my children, my beautiful and loving children Danica, Oyo, Vicco. And to my beautiful and loving Pia...[he is interrupted by thunderous applause and cheers]. Thank you very much, and thank God."

 

Box Office Entertainment Awards night hosts Ogie Alcasid and Vina Morales led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" for "Bossing" Vic, who is celebrating his birthday this weekend with a birthday special on Eat Bulaga and a simple dinner with Pia and his kids.

 

"Bossing" Vic's casual joke last year became a prophecy. In his acceptance speech back then, he told the crowd, "See you next year!" True enough, he is again named Box Office King, making this his fourth consecutive trophy in the same category. Right after the event, the blockbuster king told his subjects: "Mas kumpleto kung li-lima ito!" Will his offhand remark also turn into prophetic words? We can only wait until next year to find out.

 

IN A RUSH. In her excitement to give her acceptance speech, Princess of Philippine movies Toni Gonzaga forgot to get her trophy from the center of the stage and bring it with her to the podium of the Carlos Romulo auditorium. "Excited akong magpasalamat," the actress-TV host says sheepishly about her blunder.

 

One of the highlights that evening was a special song number between Toni and her onscreen partner, Sam Milby. As they sang the theme song of their Star Cinema romantic comedy, You Are The One, the two were very sweet toward each other. Sam put his arm around Toni's waist and held her hand throughout the duration of the song.

 

Sam, who was the recipient of the Prince of Philippine Movies trophy that night, was asked what his reaction was to the new guy in Toni's life, Paolo Soriano.

 

"For me, if he makes her happy, then that makes me happy. I wish her all the best for everything. She's really someone who has touched me. I just want her to be happy."

 

TARAY AND BAD BOY. Diamond Star Maricel Soriano and Bad Boy of Philippine movies Robin Padilla sat beside each other during the four-hour program. In her acceptance speech, Maricel thanked her legions of fans who came that night. Robin was also nominated for the Box Office King throne but lost to "Bossing" Vic. Still, he won his own trophy for the film Till I Met You, where he acted opposite Regine Velasquez.

 

Asia's Songbird was not present that night and, on her behalf, singer-composer Ogie accepted her trophy for Female Entertainer of the Year. Ogie himself was hailed Male Entertainer of the Year for their concert Forever After.

 

Here is the complete list of winners for the 37th Box Office Entertainment Awards of the GMMSF:

 

Film Actor of the Year - Robin Padilla (Till I Met You)
Film Actress of the Year - Maricel Soriano (Inang Yaya)
Prince of Philippine Movies - Sam Milby (You Are The One)
Princess of Philippine Movies - Toni Gonzaga (You Are The One)
Concert King - Ogie Alcasid (Forever After)
Concert Queen - Regine Velasquez (Forever After)
Male Recording Star of the Year - Christian Bautista
Female Recording Star of the Year - Sarah Geronimo
Most Popular Recording Group - Bamboo
Most Promising Recording Group - Kamikazee
Most Popular Love Team - Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson (First Day High)
Most Promising Male Star - Marky Cielo (Till I Met You)
Most Promising Female Star - Maja Salvador (Sukob)
Most Promising Male Recording/Concert Artist - Brenan Espartinez
Most Promising Female Recording/Concert Artist - Yeng Constantino
Most Promising Dance Group of the Year - EB Babes (Eat Bulaga!)
Most Popular Novelty Singer - Willie Revillame (Wowowee album/"Boom Tarat")
Most Popular Child Actor - BJ "Tolits" Forbes (Enteng Kabisote 3)
Most Popular Child Actress - Ella Guevarra
Most Popular Film Producer - Star Cinema
Most Popular Screenwriters - Chito Roño/Chris Martinez (Sukob)
Most Popular Director - Chito Roño (Sukob)
Most Popular TV Program - Majika (GMA-7)
Most Popular TV Program Directors - Eric Quizon & Mac Alejandre (Majika)

 

The TV coverage of the 37th Grand Annual Awards and Coronation Night will be aired this Saturday, April 29, 9 p.m. at RPN-9.