The 29th Luna Awards was held on July 10, 2011 with simple ceremonies at the Quezon City Sports Club along E. Rodriguez Avenue. The event was to honor the outstanding movies which were shown in 2010.
The gold-clad décor seemed to be wanting in attention. Veteran production designer Manny Morfe supervised the decorating of the venue on the night before. “Wala pa nga akong tulog,” Morfe reasons to justify his continual yawning.
The Luna statuettes and plaques
Voice over talent Pepsi Guerrero noticed the late arrival of the guests which created slight apprehensions. “Pag ang venue mo ay 200 ang capacity dapat 400 ang invited mo.” Pepsi has been in the events business for 42 years hence his authority on the matter.
Host of the evening Robert Arevalo was the first celebrity to arrive. As usual, he was with wife Barbara Perez. His co-host was Boots Anson Roa who came from her Sunday radio program in DZMM.
The hosts: Robert Arevalo and Boots Anson Roa
The food was served before the program proper started. Despite the spartan serving, the guests enjoyed the simple dinner. However, the catering was ruined by the clumsy waiters with several crashing incidents.
Despite the few celebrities who arrived, the venue was jampacked with media. Countless of cameras adorned the aisles and reporters were all over the place. The reporter from pep.ph was the early bird among the media people.
The celebrities who attended was led by Gloria Romero, a nominee for the Luna’s best supporting actress for her role in Tarima. Gloria came with Fanny Serrano who was also a Luna contender for the best actor trophy for his lead role in Tarima.
Eugene Domingo and Mylene Dizon
Eugene Domingo, a nominee for best supporting actress, lent a comic relief when she accepted the trophy in behalf of Anne Curtis. And while doing a mock speech, Mylene Dizon aimed her camera on Eugene in paparazzi style.
Rez Cortez also came early so he had the time to do a little pictorial. “Ang ganda (decoration), pakuha naman ako pati dun sa trophy.” Rez also requested a mug shot of himself with the trophies as background.
Missed was Imelda Marcos who was to receive the Golden Reel Award for her valuable contributions to the movie industry. On the brighter side, the revered Armida Siguion Reyna arrived in all her elegance with matching walking cane.
Tita Midz, as the former MTRCB chair was fondly called, received the Fernando Poe, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. Grace Poe Llamanzares, the present chair of MTRCB, was on the stage to hand the plaque.
Aileen Papin, the sole entertainer during the Luna Awards
A tabloid reporter suggested that the result should be leaked so that the winners would attend. “Ganyan naman sa ibang award.” But for sure the external auditors of the Luna Awards wouldn’t agree to the idea.
Many guests admired the souvenir program. “Maganda ang design,” says a magazine publisher while scanning the pages. Aside from the programme, the souvenir has numerous articles lifted from the website of the Film Academy.
The pending Luna Award trophies for 2008 were also distributed. Present to receive their awards were Mylene Dizon, best actress for her role in 100, Phillip Salvador, best supporting actor for Baler, and Mark Meily, best director for Baler.
The simple dinner with iced tea and banana pie for desert
Conspicuously absent was Mayor Herbert Bautista. One photographer remarked, “Balwarte niya ito dapat andito siya.” Makati Councilor Tosca Puno-Ramos represented Mayor Junjun Binay who was to receive a special award from the Academy.
The program, which was writter by Director Jose Carreon, was compact and fast-paced. The only entertainment number was provided by Aileen Papin who was also a belter like her popular sister. Aileen sang three times.
Guild presidents and known personalities in the trade acted as presentors of the trophies to the winners. There was no sharing of trophies in the case of ties because all the winners were each given a trophy.
FAP Director General Leo Martinez with the production team: William Mayo, Jose Carreon, Joel Apuyan. At left is Col. Jimmy Tiu, former president of the Famas Awards
FAP Director General Leo Martinez was very satisfied with the program. He gave a high five to Dir. William Mayo who handled, not only the coverage production but also the video assist which lent class to the affair.
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