Liza Soberano, Barbie Forteza, Jodi Sta. Maria, and 47 other celebrities were the latest inductees to receive their stars at the Walk of Fame.
The induction ceremony was held yesterday, December 1, 2016, at Eastwood City Central Plaza.
This event marks the first time that its founder German Moreno was not present. The starmaker passed away due to cardiac arrest in January 2016.
During the induction ceremony, an audio-visual presentation dedicated to the late Kuya Germs was shown to inductees and guests.
However, a technical difficulty caused the AVP to stop suddenly, focusing the screen on a young photo of Kuya Germs.
Liza Soberano is considered as one of the youngest celebrity-inductees this 2016 for the movie category.
The 18-year-old ABS-CBN actress admitted, “Nervous. I’m excited, it feels like it’s such a big thing. Sayang lang wala si Kuya Germs. I got to meet him before once but we really haven’t gotten the opportunity to speak.
“I don’t know, it feels different that he’s not here. But I’m still happy and I’m very grateful to be given a star.”
GMA-7 teen actress Barbie Forteza, who is also one of the youngest inductees this year, actually found out on Twitter that she will be given her star.
“Two weeks ago, nalaman ko siya through social media. Nalaman ko sa Twitter, tinag ako, siyempre kinonfirm ko kung totoo, tumawag ako sa Artist Center.
“Totoo nga daw and I’m very honored and grateful to be standing with all those veteran actors and actresses. Isa na naman 'tong achievement for me,” admitted Barbie Forteza.
Jodi Sta. Maria, who recently graced the prestigious 2016 International Emmy Awards in New York, was given another achievement that she describes as a “greatest motivator.”
“Nakakatuwa, di ba, na parang finally after ilang years, nabigyan tayo ng star sa Walk of Fame.
“It feels good to be appreciated and to be recognized for the work that you do. This recognition is the greatest motivator,” said Jodi who was nominated in the Emmys for her portrayal of Amor Powers in the Kapamilya teleserye Pangako Sa 'Yo.
Both known for receiving international recognitions this year, Kapuso star Barbie and Kapamilya actress Jodi posed together for a picture.
Shaina Magdayao got her own star for the TV category. Shaina's sister Sheila is the wife of Kuya Germs' son Federico. The Kapamilya star admitted that she feels unworthy of getting her own star.
“I always hear this pero this is my first time to grace the event. Nagpapasalamat ako actually.
“Parang feeling ko kasi I’m unworthy dahil ang dami pa kasing artista sa industriya na hindi pa nabibigyan. So when they told me, sabi ko, ‘Ha?’ To be given my own star is something na hindi ko ever inisip.”
Award-winning actresses Jennylyn Mercado and Angelica Panganiban also received their Walk of Fame stars this 2016 for the movie category.
Jennylyn topbilled Walang Forever and English Only, Please while Angelica’s latest movie The Unmarried Wife has already earned more than P170 million in the box office.
John Arcilla’s remarkable portrayal of the feisty general in the movie Heneral Luna earned for him his Walk of Fame star this 2016. Currently, he is part of GMA-7's requel of Encantadia wherein he reprises the role of Hagorn.
News and Public Affairs reporters Ted Failon, Luchi Cruz-Valdez, and Susan Enriquez also received their stars for their exemplary performance in news reportage.
Radio broadcaster and veteran host Eddie Ilarde, composer Willy Cruz, and rock icon Pepe Smith were also included in this year’s inductees.
Federico Moreno, son of Kuya Germs and President of the Walk of Fame Foundation, was quoted as saying, "The Walk of Fame Foundation of our dear Kuya Germs is our own small way of continuing his legacy.
"This is one of the best contributions my family and close friends of my father can contribute to the Philippine Entertainment Industry.
"In behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are deeply honored to continue this noble cause."
The Walk of Fame 2016 marks the eleventh year of the project after it was first launched in 2005.