The much-delayed 26TH Luna Awards night was finally held on February 8 at the Mandarin Oriental Suites of Gateway Mall at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Q.C.
The simple ceremony was hosted by Robert Arevalo and Gina Alajar in the first segment and continued by Tirso Cruz III and Lorna Tolentino in the second segment.
There was no production number except for the three songs rendered by Fil-Canadian singer Angelique Garcia, who is currently waxing her first album under the guidance of Maestro Pablo Vergara.
FAP Director General Leo Martinez and FAP Chairman Espiridion Laxa with celebrity guests
Fil-Canadian singer Angelique Garcia wowing the crowd with her lilting voice
In gleaming red, Boots Anson-Roa was present to accept her FPJ Lifetime Achievement award. Mayor Jeorge E.R. Ejercito Estregan received the Golden Reel award in behalf of his uncle, President Joseph Estrada.
Boots Anson-Roa accepting her FPJ Lifetime Achievement plaque
The Manuel De Leon award went to Cirio Santiago. His son Christopher received the award for him. Nitoy Clemente who was represented by his daughter, Dra. Managuelod, got the Lamberto Avellana Posthumous Award.
Mr. and Dra. Managuelod, daughter of Lamberto Avellana Awardee Nitoy Clemente
For the major awards, Maryo J. de los Reyes received the best director trophy, his second after Magnifico. Maricel Soriano, who won the Best Actress trophy for her role in Bahay Kubo, was conspicuously absent (she is abroad).
Present though were Banal lead Paolo Contis to receive his first Best Actor for the Luna, Angelica Panganiban who got the Best Supporting Actress for the Luna for her martyr wife role in A Love Story and Dante Rivero, another A Love Story cast who earned him the Best Supporting Actor Award.
Best Actor winner Paolo Contis
Best Supporting Actress Angelica Panganiban
Best Supporting Actor Dante Rivero
A Love Story, a husband-wife-and-mistress-triangle with a twist, produced by Star Cinema, garnered five trophies that included best picture. Ms. Tess Fuente received the Luna trophy for the picture.
The other winners included:
Best Screenplay—Vanessa R. Valdez for A Love Story.
Best Cinematography—Renato de Vera for Ataul for Rent (Artiste Entertainment Works International)
Best Editing—Jess Navarro for Silip (Seiko Films)
Best Production Design—Rodell Cruz for Resiklo (Imus Prodsuctions)
Best Sound—Ditoy Aguila for Ouija (GMA Films/Viva Films)
Best Musical Score—Carmina Reyes Cuya for Ouija.
The Academy also gave a plaque of appreciation to Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim for his support and assistance to the Academy. Mayor Lim was the first Metro Manila executive to turn over to the Academy its share from the 25-centavo cultural development tax collected by movie houses for admission tickets retroactive to 1992. This amounted to P2.1 million. The plaque was received by Deputy Mayor Joey Silva in behalf of Mayor Lim.
The awards night was made possible by a P600,000 financial assistance from the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
The formal affair with a sit-in dinner lasted until 10 pm. with a lively pictorial of the celebrities as the closing number.
The ageless Eddie Romero and wife, with his nomination Lunettes.
The Luna trophy for winner Maricel Soriano and the Lunette trophies for 16 nominees may be claimed at the Secretariat of the Film Academy of the Philippines at the OctoArts Building on 108 Panay Avenue, Quezon City (directly behind the National Book Store).
The following nominees may claim their trophies and souvenir programs from Raquel Paz or Lorna Balmes:
Cinematography—Ramoncito Redoble for Batanes.
Production Design—Ma. Asuncion Torres & Anna Carmela Manda for Ang Lalaki sa Parola; and Mitoy Sta. Ana for Enteng Kabisote 4.
Editing—Marya Ignacio for Ouija; and Vito Cajili for Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo.
Musical Score—Von de Guzman for Bahay Kubo; and Allan Feliciano & Arnold Buena for Resiklo.
Sound—Addiss Tabong for Katas ng Saudi; and Junel Valencia for Resiklo and The Promise.
Supporting Actor—Ronnie Lazaro for Ataul for Rent;and Wendell Ramos for Happy Hearts.
Supporting Actress—Irma Adlawan for Ataul for Rent; and Gina Pareno for Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo.
Actor—Joel Torre for Ataul for Rent.
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