It’s all systems go for a star-studded Second Gawad Direk Awards night as celebrity personalities from both the film and music industries confirmed participation in a colorful program to honor six prominent members of the film industry whose bodies of work and industry-related achievements have unarguably advanced film arts, appreciation, education or film industry welfare.
The honorees for the Second Gawad Direk Awards, given out by the Directors Guild of the Philippines, are director Augusto ‘Totoy’ Buenaventura, actor-director Eddie Garcia, actor-producer Rodolfo V. Quizon (Dolphy), actor Gloria Romero, actor-social welfare advocate Rosa Rosal and actor-singer-producer Armida Siguion-Reyna.
They shall be recognized in a ceremony to be held at 7 p.m. , on Saturday, November 18, at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Grade School Complex, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue , Diliman, Quezon City .
The awards program will be hosted by actress Maricel Soriano.
Actors and actresses who have already confirmed participation include Rudy Fernandez, Lorna Tolentino, Christopher de Leon, Sen. Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Tirso Cruz III, Epi Quizon, Pauline Luna and Butch Francisco.
Celebrities from the music industry are Kuh Ledesma, Rachel Alejandro, Willie Nepomuceno, the Streetboys, the Company, the Maneouvres.
Celebrities who will read the citation of the honorees are being kept as a surprise for the awardees and the public on awards night.
The whole awards proceedings, a production of APT Entertainment of Antonio P. Tuviera, will be telecast over RPN Channel 9 at 9 p.m. on Saturday, November 26. Executive-in-charge of production is Malou Choa-Falgar. The show is directed by Poochie Rivera with Ruel Bayani as video-director-producer and Noel Ferrer as head writer.
The Gawad Direk trophy was designed and crafted by visual artist Reg Yuson.
The first Gawad Direk Awards of 2003 recognized the contributions to Philippine cinema of five directors, namely, Emmanuel Borlaza, Luciano B. Carlos, Celso Ad Castillo, Ronwaldo Reyes (Fernando Poe Jr.) and National Artist for Film Eddie Romero.
For its second batch of awards, the DGPI has expanded the field of awardees to include other film craftsmen, thus this year’s cross-section of awardees.
Director Buenaventura transformed the action film genre into a relevant, socially conscious and meaningful cinematic art form. Director-actor Eddie Garcia was the compleat kontrabida who graduated into leading man status in action films and sex comedies, and also became an award-winning director of well-crafted drama films. Dolphy, aka King of Philippine Comedy, was cited for his comedic talent, preserved in entertaining films, most of which he himself produced.
Gloria Romero is recognized for her dignified professionalism and dedication to the cinematic arts. Rosa Rosal is cited for her dual achievements in the fields of cinema and social work, unmatched by no other, as the driving force of the Philippine Red Cross. Armida Siguion-Reyna is recognized for her untiring efforts to uphold freedom for the artist, while seeking a niche for Philippine music and cinema as truly unrestricted and uncensored cultural forms.
The Gawad Direk Awards were first given in 2003, nine years after the DGPI was incorporated. The current DGPI officers are Board Chairman Mark Meily, President Tony Reyes, Vice-President Jose N. Carreon, Secretary Joey Romero and Treasurer Mel Chionglo. Board members are: Emmanuel Borlaza, Quark Henares, Jeffrey Jetturian, Carlos Siguion-Reyna, Maryo J. de los Reyes and Joel Lamangan.
DGPI President Tony Reyes and Chairman Mark Meily extend the guild’s invitation to all film industry members and workers, as well as the general public, to attend the second Gawad Direk awards on November 18.