ABS-CBN talents John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo werecrowned Box Office King and Queen of 2008 for making a killing in the romanticcomedy A Very Special Love (2008). Theawards night of the 40th Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation,Inc. (GMMSFI) had its TV broadcast on ABS-CBN last Sunday, June 28. It was heldlast June 21 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium of the RCBC Plaza in MakatiCity.
The rom-com, is a prequel to You Changed My Life, which wasoffered in 2009. A Very Special Love, which ran for eight weeks since it wasreleased on July 30 last year, reportedly reaped P180 million in the boxoffice.
An overwhelmed Sarah, who went up the stage three times—alsotaking home awards for Female Concert Performer of theYear and Female Recording Artist of the Year for her The Next One concert tour—gushed: "Wow, Lord, sobra sobra na po ito! Sino ba angmag-aakala na aakyat ako dito sa stage para tanggapin ang Box Office Queenaward! 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 KingJohn Loyd Cruz!"
"Namimissko na nga si Laida [Magtalas]," she continued, referring to her character in AVSP. "Na-inspire namin ang marami na ang isang Miggy Montenegro [JohnLloyd Cruz's character] ay mai-iinlove sa isang Laida Magtalas. Feel na feelko, e!"
John Lloyd kept the crown after winningthe title last year for One More Chance, aromance drama that he topbilled with Bea Alonzo who was 2007 Box Office Queen.
"Magandangisipin 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 Concepcionwho, via VTR, accepted her awards for MostPromising Female Star of Movies & TV, New Female Recording Artist of theYear (Promising Singer) for her 2008 release a.k.a. Cassandra, and Princess of Philippine Movies & TV alongwith GMA-7 talent Richard Gutierrez.
The Film Actor andFilm Actress of the Year awards went to Christopher de Leon for his role as aman dying of cancer in Magkaibiganand Megastar Sharon Cuneta for her portrayal of an OFW in Caregiver.
The hilarious andbuxom star of Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat, Ai-Ai delas Alas, becamevery excited when the nominees for the Comedy Box-Office Queen were beingannounced that she was already standing up even before her name was called.
"Hindi naman ako masyadong excited 'no?" she grinned as she acceptedthe award. "Nagpapasalamat ako kay God, kay Mama Mary dahil hindi ko akalaingmagiging blockbuster pa ang pelikula ko dahil sa hirap ng buhay ngayon, maynanonood pa rin ng pelikula ko!"
Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera,who both received the Phenomenal Love Team award, gave their fans anotherreason to think about their real relationship behind-the-cameras. Uponreceiving the award, Dingdong declared: "Sa lahat ng aming napasaya atnapaibig, para sa inyo ito." Marian replied by raising her trophy toDingdong, and saying, "At sa ‘yo."
Another love team that went up the stage that night was GeraldAnderson 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 thisaward for the past three years. "Simula 2006 nang maging loveteam kami, kami napo ang napili ng Guillermo. Salamat sa inyong pagtitiwala at sa lahat ngKimerald fans," said Kim during her acceptance speech.
MUSICIANS HONORED. Gary Valenciano, who is reviving his music career via a series ofconcerts, took home the Male Concert Performer of theYear award for the Gary Live@25concert tour.
Two Filipino singers were honored with the Outstanding Global Achievement by aFilipino Artist award. Arnel Pinedareceived his awardvia VTR from Europe, where the vocalist isnow on tour with the American rockband Journey.
Charice Pempengco, who hasachieved international fame at the tender age of 17, was also honored with theaward.
"This is a blessing," Charicebeamed. "And I wish na mag continue paang mga blessings na dumarating sa akin dahil ishe-share ko ang lahat ng ito sainyo."
The Guillermo Memorial foundation, whichis also a scholarship foundation, annually hands out the awards to filmmakers,actors, television directors and screen writers who make an impact in the boxoffice and TV ratings.
Here is a completelist of the winners of the 40th Guillermo Box Office Awards:
Box Office King & Queen - John Lloyd Cruz andSarah 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 theYear - Christopher de Leon (Magkaibigan)
Film Actress of theYear - Sharon Cuneta (Caregiver)
Male Concert Performer of the Year -Gary Valenciano (Gary Live@25)
Male RecordingArtist of theYear - 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 VerySpecial 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, JanNieto, Harry Santos, and Bryan Termulo)
New Female RecordingArtist of theYear (Promising Singer) - KC Concepcion (a.k.a. Cassandra)
New Male RecordingArtist of theYear (Most Promising Singer) - Bugoy Drilon (Paano Na Kaya?)
Prince & Princess of Philippine Movies & TV - Richard Gutierrez& KC Concepcion (For The First Time)
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) - FrancisMagalona
Valentine Box-Office King & Queen - Richard Gutierrez & MarianRivera (My Best Friend's Girlfriend)