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GMA-7 bagged the Best Station trophy in this year's 22nd PMPC Star Awards for Television held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Other individual awardees that night include (from left) Sunshine Dizon, Rufa Mae Quinto, and Angel Locsin.

Photo: Noel Orsal

 

GMA-7 beat eight local channels, including fiercest rival ABS-CBN, to clinch the Best Station award in the 22nd PMPC Star Awards for Television. The event, held annually by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC), took place last night, November 30, at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

 

 

But ABS-CBN was the “runaway” winner in the individual awards. A total of 26 categories by the Kapamilya programs and stars, and some 21 awards went to Kapuso network's banner shows and performers.

 

The tandem of Angel Locsin and Piolo Pascual was a big winner for the primetime series Lobo, which won for Piolo the Best Drama Actor award. Angel Locsin won her very first first acting award, the Best Single Performance by an Actress, for the "Pilat" episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya?, which was voted Best Drama Anthology.

 

 

Lobo also won as Best Primetime TV Series.

 

"Lord, aktres na ako!" exclaimed a stunned Angel Locsin. It was a tight contest. Angel was pitted against senior drama heavyweights like Helen Gamboa, Cherry Pie Picache, Susan Roces, and Gloria Romero—who were also nominated for their performances in Maalaala Mo Kaya.

 

Young star Joshua Dionisio bagged the Best Single Performance by an Actor for Maalaala Mo Kaya's "Sako" episode. Like Angel's, Joshua's victory was impressive, considering the other nominees—Gabby Concepcion, Dolphy, Eddie Garcia, and Gary Valenciano—vying for the same honor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piolo's counterpart, as Best Actress for a primetime TV series, was Sunshine Dizon, who won the award for her lead role in GMA-7's Impostora. It was Sunshine Dizon's nth time to win the award from the PMPC.

 

PMPC also gave awards to first-time winners, like New Female TV Personalities Kylie Padilla (of Joaquin Bordado), and Patricia Gayod (of an MMK episode), and New Male TV Personality Robi Domingo (introduced to the public, via Pinoy Big Brother; now a MYX videojock).

 

For the comedy series, it was Ful House of GMA-7, and comedian Vic Sotto was voted best Male Host of Eat Bulaga!. Again, Eat Bulaga! won in the Best Variety Show category, but with a co-winner in ABS-CBN-2's Wowowee. For the best female variety show host, the award went to Valerie Concepcion of Wowowee.

 

Ogie Alcasid won anew as Best Comedy Actor, while Rufa Mae Quinto was voted Best Comedy Actress, for GMA-7's Bubble Gang.

 

Bitter rivals Eat Bulaga! and Wowowee shared the Best Variety Show award. TAPE Inc. (Television and Production Exponents) lady boss Malou Choa-Fagar received the award in behalf of the entire Eat Bulaga! staff while ABS-CBN's Head of Corporate Communications Bong Osorio represented Wowowee.

 

 

For best game show, ABS-CBN's Pilipinas, Game KNB? and its host Edu Manzano were both heavy favorites. But it was Edu's son, Luis Manzano, who won the special award as Male Star of the Night; and Rufa Mae Quinto, the Female Star of the Night.

 

 

 

 

GMA-7's Unang Hirit beat ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda for Best Morning Show. But the Kapamilya show's lady host, Pinky Webb, was indeed a "winner" herself when Edu Manzano, in his speech, acknowledged and thanked her presence. This somehow confirmed the status of their relationship.

 

Ditto Angel Locsin and Luis Manzano, in one of their rare togetherness, which proves they're really on (or, as in, "more than just friends").

 

The award won by Ruffa Gutierrez, as Best Female Showbiz-Oriented Talk Show Host for The Buzz was significant, in that she won the award more than a decade after an "infamous scam;" and in a tie with Cristy Fermin also of The Buzz, who's currently serving a suspension from her radio and TV hosting. In her acceptance speech, Ruffa dedicated her award to her daughters, Lorin and Venice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruffa and Cristy's male counterpart is Boy Abunda, another perennial winner, for The Buzz, which also won Best Showbiz-Oriented Talk Show, and Boy and Kris, Best Celebrity Talk Show/Hosts. But Kris Aquino didn't show up at the awards night.

 

GMA-7's other awards include: Best Children Show/Hosts (Art Angel, with Pia Archangel, Tonipet Gaba, Krystal Reyes); Best Travel Show (Pinoy Meets World), Best Morning Show/Hosts (Unang Hirit); Best Youth-Oriented Program (Boys Next Door); Best Daytime Drama Series (Sine Novela Presents: Kaputol Ng Isang Awit); and Best Musical Variety Show (SOP Rules).

 

ABS-CBN, on the other hand, also won awards for the following: Best Educational Program/Host (Kim Atienza, of Matanglawin); Best Travel Show Hosts Katherine de Castro, Uma Khouny, Franzen Fajardo, Kian Kazemi, and Jason Gainza (Trip Na Trip); Best Magazine Show/Host (Korina Sanchez of Rated K); and Best Gag Show (Goin Bulilit).

 

Other shows, not aired on either Kapuso nor Kapamilya stations, which won this year's Star Awards for TV trophies include: UNTV37's Bitag and Ben Tulfo, for Best Public Service Program and Host; ABC-5's Shall We Dance and Lucy Torres-Gomez (escorted by husband, Richard Gomez), Arnell Ignacio and Dominic Ochoa, for Best Talent Search Program and Host; Q11's Gandang Ricky Reyes: Parlor Game for Best Reality Competition Program and Host; Q11's Living It Up and hosts Raymond Gutierrez, Issa Litton, Sam Oh, and Tim Yap, for Best Lifestyle Show; Studio 23's Y Speak (Best Public Affairs Program); Q-11's Hot Seat, Best Host, Jessica Soho.

 

For the special awards, Ms. Rosa Rosal, of the Philippine National Red Cross and best known for hosting the public service programs, Damayan and Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko , and the comedy show, Iyan Ang Misis Ko, received the Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms Rosal was joined by fellow veteran actresses of LVN Pictures, Ms. Delia Razon and Ms. Lilia Dizon, as they reminisced some "good old days."

 

Another special awardee was Sen. Loren Legarda, who received the Excellence in Broadcasting Award, and, together with Rosa Rosal, was serenaded onstage by singer-comedian, Ogie Alcasid.

 

Presented by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC), the 22nd Star Awards for Television is produced by M. R. Productions, in cooperation with Airtime Marketing, Inc. Overall direction is by Al Quinn with Lito Calzado asstage director. It was hosted by Paolo Bediones, Judy Ann Santos, Anne Curtis and Gabby Concepcion, with Dingdong Dantes and Iza Calzado as trivia hosts.

 

A delayed telecast on primetime TV-5 is scheduled tomorrow, December 2, from 8 to 11 pm.

 

Here is the complete list of winners and the corresponding categories:

 

Best Children Show - Art Angel (GMA-7)

Best Children Show Host - Pia Arcangel, Tonipet Gaba, and Krystal Reyes (Art Angel, GMA-7)

Best Educational Program - Matanglawin (ABS-CBN)

Best Educational Program Host - Kim Atienza (Matanglawin, ABS-CBN)

Best Travel Show - Pinoy Meets World (GMA-7)

Best Travel Show Host - Katherine de Castro, Uma Khouny, Franzen Fajardo, Kian Kazemi, and Jayson Gainza (Trip Na Trip, ABS-CBN)

Best Reality Competition Program - Gandang Ricky Reyes: Parlor Game (Q11)

Best Reality Competition Program Host - Ricky Reyes (Gandang Ricky Reyes: Parlor Game, Q11)

Best Lifestyle Show - Living It Up (Q11)

Best Lifestyle Show Host - Raymond Gutierrez, Issa Litton, Sam Oh, and Tim Yap (Living It Up, Q11)

Best Morning Show - Unang Hirit (GMA-7)

Best Morning Show Host - Arnold Clavio, Susie Entrata-Abrera, Lyn Ching-Pascual, Rhea Santos, Jolina Magdangal, Rhea Santos, Jolina Magdangal, Winnie Monsod, Oscar Orbos, Regine Tolentino, Drew Arellano, Eagle Riggs, Love Anover, and Lhar Santiago (Unang Hirit, GMA-7)

Best Public Affairs Program - Y Speak (Studio 23)

Best Public Affairs Program Host - Jessica Soho (Hot Seat, Q11)

Best Magazine Show - Rated K (ABS-CBN)

Best Magazine Show Host - Korina Sanchez (Rated K, ABS-CBN)

Best Documentary Program - I-Witness: The GMA Documentaries (GMA-7)

Best Documentary Program Host - Kara David, Howie Severino, Sandra Aguinaldo, and Jay Taruc (I-Witness: The GMA Documentaries, GMA-7)

Best Documentary Special - Signos: Ang Banta ng Nagbabagong Klima (GMA-7)

Best Public Service Program - Bitag (UNTV)

Best Public Service Program Host - Ben Tulfo (Bitag, UNTV 37)

Best News Program - TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN)

Best Male Newscaster - Julius Babao (TV Patrol World, ABS-CBN)

Best Female Newscaster - Vicky Morales (Saksi: Liga Ng Katotohanan, GMA-7)

Best Youth-Oriented Program - Boys Nxt Door (GMA-7)

Best Horror or Fantasy Program - Volta (ABS-CBN)

Best Talent Search Program - Shall We Dance (TV5)

Best Talent Search Program Host - Lucy Torres-Gomez, Arnell Ignacio, and Dominic Ochoa (Shall We Dance, TV5)

Best New Male TV Personality - Robi Domingo (ASAP '08, ABS-CBN)

Best New Female TV Personality - Patricia Gayod (Maalaala Mo Kaya, "Dagat" episode, ABS-CBN 2) and Kylie Padilla (Joaquin Bordado, GMA-7)

Best Celebrity Talk Show - Boy and Kris (ABS-CBN)

Best Celebrity Talk Show Hosts - Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino (Boy and Kris, ABS-CBN)

Best Game Show - Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN 2)

Best Game Show Host - Edu Manzano (Pilipinas, Game KNB? ABS-CBN)

Best Gag Show - Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CB)

Best Showbiz-Oriented Talk Show - The Buzz (ABS-CBN)

Best Male Show-Oriented Talk Show Host - Boy Abunda (The Buzz, ABS-CBN 2)

Best Female Showbiz-Oriented Talk Show Host - Cristy Fermin (The Buzz, ABS-CBN 2) and Ruffa Gutierrez (The Buzz, ABS-CBN)

Best Comedy Show - Ful Haus (GMA-7)

Best Comedy Actor - Ogie Alcasid (Bubble Gang, GMA-7)

Best Comedy Actress - Rufa Mae Quinto (Bubble Gang, GMA-7)

Best Daytime Drama Series - Sine Novela Presents: Kaputol Ng Isang Awit (GMA-7)

Best Primetime TV Series - Lobo (ABS-CBN)

Best Drama Anthology - Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN)

Best Variety Show - Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) and Wowowee (ABS-CBN)

Best Musical Variety Show - SOP Rules (GMA-7)

Best Male TV Host - Vic Sotto (Eat Bulaga! GMA-7)

Best Female TV Host - Valerie Concepcion (Wowowee, ABS-CBN 2)

Best Drama Actor - Piolo Pascual (Lobo, ABS-CBN)

Best Drama Actress - Sunshine Dizon (Impostora, GMA-7)

Best Single Performance By An Actor - Joshua Dionisio (Maalaala Mo Kaya “Sako” episode, ABS-CBN)

Best Single Performance By An Actress - Angel Locsin (Maalaala Mo Kaya “Pilat” episode, ABS-CBN)

Best Station - GMA-7

Annual Special Awards:

Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award - Ms. Rosa Rosal

Excellence in Broadcasting Lifetime Achievement Award- Sen. Loren Legarda