The warring networks set aside business for the inaugural PEP List Awards last night, May 20, at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort & Casino in Parañaque City.
ABS-CBN, GMA-7, and TV5 stars brightened the glamorous event that recognized the who’s who in Philippine showbiz.
Ai-Ai delas Alas and Lucy Torres-Gomez were the hosts of the evening's ceremony that handed out 52 awards.
Prior to the program proper, livestream hosts Giselle Sanchez and Candy Pangilinan talked to the celebrities at the red-carpet of Solaire’s Grand Ballroom.
Kapamilya, Kapuso, and Kapatid stars opened the evening presentation with a Great Gatsby-inspired dance number—two stars from each netwok.
They were Bangs Garcia and Robi Domingo for ABS-CBN, Winwyn Marquez and Sef Cadayona for GMA-7, and Eula Caballero and Vin Abrenica for TV5.
PEP LIST WINNERS. The PEP List is divided into three components: the PEPsters’ Choice, the Audited, and the Editors’ Choice.
The PEPsters’ Choice winners were previously announced via a press conference held last March 27 at the Mango Tree, Bonifacio High Street, The Fort.
“Aling Maliit” Ryzza Mae Dizon received her glass trophies for being the Female Child Star of the Year in the PEPsters’ Choice as well as the Editors’ Choice category.
Receiving her award, Ryzza Mae quipped: "Hindi ko kaya [ang trophy], ang bigat!"
Her fellow Eat Bulaga! hosts Ruby Rodriguez and Paolo Ballesteros promptly went up the stage to assist the eight-year-old child wonder.
Elmo Magalona and Julie Anne San Jose received their awards as Teen Stars of the Year as chosen by PEPsters.
Xian Lim and Lovi Poe were hailed by PEPsters as the FAB awardees.
Xian thanked PEP not just for the recognition but also for being fair in reporting.
He said, "Maraming-maraming salamat po PEP.
"This past year, gusto ko lang po magpasalamat dahil kayo po ang tagapagtanggol namin.
"Kung nami-misunderstood po kami ng mga tao, nandiyan po kayo para isulat yung side namin."
Lovi Poe wore a white see-through panel dress that showed off her toned legs.
The Kramer family—couple Doug and Cheska and their children Kendra, Scarlett, and Gavin—came in full force that night to receive the award for starring in the Most-Watched PEPtalk episode.
Doug said in his message, “Thank you to PEP and thank you to all the Team Kramer fans and supporters.”
Chesca added, “To God be the glory!”
Kapuso matinee idol Tom Rodriguez won the Breakout Star of the Year award.
Tom said Dennis Trillo, his partner in My Husband’s Lover, was unable to attend the awards night as he was sick that night. Tom accepted their trophy as Celebrity Pair of the Year.
He was also recognized as the Breakout Star of the Year in the Editors’ Choice category.
He thanked his former network, ABS-CBN, and his current TV station, GMA, for helping him become the star that he is now.
“I want to thank ABS-CBN for giving me my start because without them, I wouldn’t be in the industry right now.
"My biggest gratitude goes to GMA for giving me my biggest break in my whole career.
"For my whole MHL [My Husband’s Lover] family, thank you for showing me the true meaning of teamwork.”
Vic Sotto was unable to attend but he sent a video message expressing his gratitude for winning the Male TV Star of the Year award in the PEPsters’ Choice and Editors’ Choice categories.
MOST AWARDED. Kim Chiu emerged as the big winner that night as she went up the stage several times to receive her awards.
She shared the stage with Xian Lim when they accepted the Celebrity Pair of the Year award in the Punongbayan & Araullo-Audited category.
Kim said, “Sa lahat ng bumubuo ng PEP List Awards, maraming-maraming salamat po and sa lahat ng KimXi fans, salamat sa lahat ng suporta ninyo.
"Sobra-sobra kaming nagpapasalamat na nandiyan kayo sa journey namin ni Xian dito sa showbiz world."
Kim was also hailed PEPsters' Choice TV Star of the Year (Female) and PEPsters' Choice Newsmaker of the Year (Female).
“Pang-ilang akyat ko na ito pero maraming salamat!
"Sa lahat ng bumoto sa isang taon na pagboto, we super appreciate all the efforts sa text votes, sa Internet, maraming-maraming salamat.
"Gusto ko rin i-take ang chance na ito na mag-thank you for airing ng mga balita, tsismis na minsan totoo, minsan hindi.
"Thank you to PEP dahil inilalagay nila kung ano talaga ang sinasabi namin,” said Kim with a smile.
The tandem of KimXi also accepted the trophy when their show Ina, Kapatid, Anak was announced as the Primetime Teleserye of the Year in the PEPsters’ Choice category.
NEWSMAKERS. When Korina Sanchez presented the awards for Male and Female Newsmakers of the Year (Audited category), she pointed out that these awards were given to “the stars whose statement, every move, every post become of much interest to the public.”
Claudine Barretto won in the Female category but she was unable to attend the awards night. Cholo Barretto accepted the trophy on behalf of his aunt.
“On behalf of my ate, thank you very much.
"You guys talking about my family is not a big deal for us but acknowledging an award is very important because it boosts our spirit to become whole again one day and for that, thank you very much,” said Claudine’s nephew.
Claudine's legal counsel Atty. Ferdinand Topacio also attended the event.
The Male Newsmaker of the Year award went to Claudine’s estranged husband Raymart Santiago, but he was also unable to accept the award that night.
REPORTERS' CHOICE. According to host Ai-Ai, the PEP Reporters’ Choice award goes to the celebrity who is “madaling lapitan kung ini-interview, masarap kausapin, nagbibigay ng statement lagi.”
When Judy Ann Santos received the award, she told the crowd: “Sabi po nila, parang Darling of the Press [award].
"Naisip ko, paano ako naging darling? Salamat po sa lahat ng bumubuo ng PEP.
"This means so much to me. Maraming salamat sa pagtanggap niyo nang buong-buo kung sino ako mula noong nagsimula ako at hanggang ngayon.
"Thank you for giving me the chance to be me.”
TV STARS OF THE YEAR. Marian Rivera and Vic Sotto were named as Female and Male TV Stars of the Year, respectively, in the Editors' Choice category.
Ms. Jo-Ann Maglipon described Marian as the “actress who is versatile in drama, action, and comedy. She also dances very well.
"She has remained visible even after her soaps have ended. She is the primetime queen of GMA.”
For her part, Marian admitted in her speech, “Nakakataba po ng puso kung paano ipaliwanag kung sino si Marian Rivera.
"Salamat sa paniniwala.”
THUMBS UP. Dingdong Dantes, Yes Pinoy Foundation founder and chairman, received a Thumbs Up! Award for his advocacies.
Presenter Andrea Torres explained: “This award goes to celebrities who selflessly devoted their time, efforts, and even money to those who are less fortunate.”
Angel Locsin, Piolo Pascual, and Sharon Cuneta were also given the award for their socio-civic efforts but only Dingdong showed up to receive his Thumbs Up award in person.
He came all the way from Pampanga to attend the PEP List Awards.
“Thank you for this recognition,” said the Kapuso Primetime King.
“Mas nakakagana gumawa ng mas marami because of taps on the back like this.”
NATIONAL TREASURES. Nora Aunor was named the Female Showbiz Treasure awardee in the PEPsters' Choice category, and her trophy was received by director Mac Alejandre that night.
Joey de Leon brought the house down when he accepted his trophy for being the Male Showbiz Treasure awardee in the PEPsters’ Choice category.
With his characteristic wit, Joey summed up the PEP List awards night best: “Nowadays, maraming nagde-deny na maging part ng list.
"Pero ito po, I am proud to be part of this list and to be part of the PEP List.
"Mayroong Napo-list, mayroong na-PEP List.
"Hindi sana ako pupunta, e, dahil akala ko ito ang project ni Vicki Belo.
"Yung PEP: pussy enhancement procedure.”
To the audience's uproarious laughter, Joey addressed Ai-Ai: “Bakit ka natawa, Ai-Ai? Ikaw ang unang nabiktima nun.”
Ai-Ai was recently unveiled as the endorser of the vaginal tightening procedure.
Joey pointed out, “Although may hawig dahil ang Philippine Entertainment Portal, alam niyo naman yung kay Vicki Belo, parang portal rin yun.
"At Philippine entertainment rin yun.
“Yung kina Claudine at Raymart kanina [recipients of the Female and Male Newsmakers of the Year awards], may banat si Allan K, dapat siya raw ang Nosemaker of the Year!
“PEP, maraming salamat! Ito ang award, may bigat!”
INDEPENDENT AUDIT. The PEP List Awards night was the result of year-round deliberations.
As an award-giving body, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was the first to tap an independent auditing firm to tabulate and verify the results—Punongbayan & Araullo Associates.
In a livestream interview, PEP and YES! editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon highlighted PEP's decision to audit the results independently.
She said, "We think that after seven years covering the industry, we have earned the right to come out with an awards list.
"And we wanted this so special so we had this independently audited."
She said that the long-term goal is to come up with a list that PEP hopes will become the reliable showbiz meter.
SM Parisian was PEP.ph's co-presentor for the 1st PEP List Awards.
GRATEFUL. In her welcome remarks during the program proper, Jo-Ann briefly tackled the PEP List's inception.
“As an online entertainment news site, we actually got to the point when we thought that—we hope, rightly—that we have earned the right to give out awards.
“We finally found a grand way to recognize the rigorous and plain hard work that goes into a blossoming and successful showbiz career.
“Together, we hit a high of 60 million pageviews in February this year and now we get over 50 million pageviews a month.
“Maraming-maraming salamat sa mga PEPsters na laging nandiyan, at laging nag-aaway-away dahil ang gusto ng isa ay si Angel Locsin at ang gusto ng isa ay si Marian Rivera.
“Tagos sa puso ang kanilang away ngunit naiintindihan ng PEP na ito ay dala lamang ng matinding pagmamahal.
“Putting all these big reasons together, we in PEP have decided to have this one night.
“We wanted this to be an awards night that would show our deep respect for the celebrities we cover and the awards night that would bare our very best intentions for everyone in the wonderful world of showbiz.
“Thus, we decided to have the awards independently audited. Partnering with the Punongbayan and Araullo auditing firm, we searched our site for the most viewed articles, the most-read articles…
“The PEP List we present tonight is the result of this partnership so that we owned this list, we did not manufacture them.
“We let the numbers fall where they may.
“Thus, as we gather tonight, we offer the PEP List as our thanks and tribute to the entertainment industry.
“This is us at our most grateful. Again, welcome and enjoy the evening.”
THE PEP LIST. Here is the full list of winners in the 1st PEP List Awards:
PEPsters’ Choice Category
Breakout Star of the Year - Tom Rodriguez
Celebrity Pair of the Year - Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo
Child Star (Male) - Renz Valerio
Child Star (Female) - Ryzza Mae Dizon
Fab Star (Male) - Xian Lim
Fab Star (Female) - Lovi Poe
Newsmaker of the Year (Male) - James Yap
Newsmaker of the Year (Female) - Kim Chiu
OPM Artist of the Year - Daniel Padilla
Primetime Teleserye of the Year - Ina Kapatid Anak (ABS-CBN)
Showbiz Treasure (Male) - Joey De Leon
Showbiz Treasure (Female) - Nora Aunor
Teen Star of the Year (Male) - Elmo Magalona
Teen Star of the Year (Female) - Julie Anne San Jose
TV Star of the Year (Male) - Vic Sotto
TV Star of the Year (Female) - Kim Chiu
The Punongbayan and Araullo-Audited Category
Newsmaker of the Year (Male) - Raymart Santiago
Newsmaker of the Year (Female) - Claudine Barretto
Celebrity Pair of the Year - Kim Chiu and Xian Lim
Teen Star of the Year (Male) - Daniel Padilla
Teen Star of the Year (Female) - Julia Barretto
Most-Talked About Personality - Gretchen Barretto
Single Most-Read PEP Article - PEP Exclusive! Anne Curtis survives embarrassing night out with friends; says sorry and is forgiven, all on the same day.
Most-watched PEP Talk Episode - Doug and Cheska Kramer talk about their fights that never went beyond one night.
Photo of the Year - Julia Barretto (Photographer: Noel Orsal)
Hot Movie of the Year - It Takes a Man and A Woman (Star Cinema)
Face of the Year - Anne Curtis
Razziest (Most-viewed PEParazzi item) - Anne Curtis
Editors’ Choice Category Winners
Thumbs up! - Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Piolo Pascual, Sharon Cuneta
FAB Award (Male) - Piolo Pascual
FAB Award (Female) - Anne Curtis
Showbiz Treasure (Male) - Eddie Garcia
Showbiz Treasure (Female) - Gloria Romero
TV Star of the Year (Male) - Vic Sotto
TV Star of the Year (Female) - Marian Rivera
Pinoy Pride - Megan Young
PEP Reporters’ Choice - Judy Ann Santos
Child Star of the Year - Ryzza Mae Dizon
Breakout Star of the Year - Tom Rodriguez
OPM Artist of the Year - Daniel Padilla
TV Show of the Year (Daytime) - Eat Bulaga! (GMA)
TV Show of the Year (Primetime) - My Husband’s Lover (GMA)
TV Show of the Year (Weekend) - Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN)
Staff Reporter of the Year - Nerisa Almo
Top Contributor of the Year - Arniel Serato
Contributor of the Year (2nd place) - Rose Garcia
Top Contributor of the Year (3rd place) - Rey Pumaloy
Stringer of the Year - Jojo Gabinete