Filipino artists clad in their best chic rock attire graced the 2008 MYX Music Awards that aims to celebrate the most popular singers and bands in the Philippine music industry. The third edition of this annual music event took place last night, March 26, at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Center.
Some of the highlights of the evening include the performance of international hip hop artist Apl.D.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas and the tribute to Magna Awardee Gary Valenciano, who is celebrating his 25th anniversary in showbiz.
Apl.D.Ap (whose real name is Allan Pineda) also received a Special Citation for his outstanding contribution to the music industry and to his homeland, the Philippines. His compositions "The Apl Song" from the album Elephunk and "Bebot" from the album Monkey Business are hailed as songs that exemplify his pride in his Filipino heritage. He was also cited "for his efforts to pave the way for Filipino artists and Filipino-American artists through his label, Jeepney Records."
In his acceptance speech, Apl addressed his kababayans and said, "First of all, I want to thank God. Maraming salamat sa MYX Awards. I want to thank all the fans for supporting me. I want to thank my group, the Black Eyed Peas, for believing in me, for letting me make a Filipino song in Tagalog to represent my culture. [applause] I will continue to represent Filipinos all over the world, y'all! They ask me, ‘What makes you Filipino?' I say, I will be Filipino today, I will be Filipino tomorrow, and I will be Filipino in the future. Maraming salamat!"
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to talk with Apl before the start of the program. He reiterated his plans to help Filipino and Filipino-American artists through his own music label. "It's called Jeepney Records, which is my label. That's why I'm here also ‘coz I would like to collaborate with other Filipino artists and look for other talents."
When asked to name artists whom he would like to collaborate with in the future, he replied, "I like Bamboo. I like Parokya ni Edgar. I like Gloc-9. I like Slapshock and Gary V...and a lot more."
Aside from participating in the MYX Music Awards, Apl hopes to make a guest appearance on ABS-CBN's noontime show Wowowee and perform in local clubs. This native of Angeles, Pampanga, will be here in the country until April 5. Apl also revealed that he is doing a solo album that is scheduled to be released this year.
"One of my songs is called ‘Island'... I wrote it when I was here during Christmas. It's about the beauty of the country and the hardship of the country. I'd like to represent that all over the world," says Apl with a smile. During the awards night, Apl performed "Island, " prompting some members of the audience to stand up and groove to his upbeat music.
MYX Magna Awardee Gary Valenciano was overwhelmed by the production number that paid tribute to him and his unforgettable songs such as "Hataw Na" and "Sana Maulit Muli." The medley of songs was performed by some of the best names in the music industry, including Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Vina Morales, Ebe Dancel, Jett Pangan, and Janno Gibbs. Mr. Pure Energy himself was very surprised to see his own sons, Paolo and Gabriel, take part in the production number since they managed to keep it a secret from him.
The big winner during the awards night was Sarah Geronimo, who was named as Favorite Artist, Favorite Female Artist, Favorite MYX Celebrity VJ. Her song "Ikaw" was also chosen as Song of the Year. The pop singer is currently in the United States for her concert series, which is why she sent a taped message that was aired during the program.
Among the presenters that night were Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 housemates Riza Santos, Will Devaughn, Jon Avila, Gaby dela Merced, and Ruben Gonzaga. Other artists tapped to be presenters include Nancy Castiglione, Cheska Garcia and her fiancé Doug Kramer, Valerie Concepcion, Katya Santos, Yeng Constantino, Marc Abaya of Kjwan, and Dingdong Dantes. Aside from presenting an award, the sexy group Kitty Girls performed a lively dance number that excited all the hot-blooded males in the audience that night.
Directed by Rowell Santiago, the third edition of this annual music awards was hosted by MYX VJs Luis Manzano, Iya Villania, Nikki Gil, Drei, Mica, and Igi. To determine the winners of the different categories, sixty percent of the scores came from the viewers of MYX while the remaining forty percent came from the votes of the artists themselves.
Here is the complete list of winners in the 2008 MYX Music Awards:
Favorite Music Video: Tuliro by Spongecola
Favorite Song: Sarah Geronimo ("Ikaw")
Favorite Artist: Sarah Geronimo
Favorite Male Artist: Erik Santos
Favorite Female Artist: Sarah Geronimo
Favorite Group: Spongecola
Favorite Rock Video: "Vampire Social Club" by Chicosci
Favorite Mellow Video: "Alam ng Ating Mga Puso"by Rachelle Ann Go
Favorite Urban Video: "Like That" by Billy Crawford
Favorite Collaboration: Rachelle Ann Go and Christian Bautista in "Pag-ibig Na Kaya"
Favorite Remake: Kyla
Favorite New Artist: Sam Concepcion
Favorite Indie Artist: Updharmadown
Favorite International Music Video: "Teenagers" by My Chemical Romance
Favorite Guest Appearance in a Music Video: Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson (Love Team by Itchyworms)
Favorite Media Soundtrack: Spongecola ("Tuloy Pa Rin" in Pedro Penduko at ang Mga Engkantao)
Favorite MYX Celebrity VJ: Sarah Geronimo
Favorite MYX Live Performance: Pupil
Favorite MYX Bandarito Performance: Zelle
The MYX Music Awards 2008 TV Special will air on Sunday, March 30, (8 pm) on Sky Cable Channel 23.