First-time winners—younger and newer talents from direction to the four categories of performances—garnered all but one of the 12 trophies in this year’s 30th Luna Awards of the Film Academy of the Philippines.
The awards night was held at the Quezon City Sports Club, Inc. last Sunday, August 26.
Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story accounted for six awards, including best picture, while Thelma garnered four awards.
The list of awardees is as follows:
Best Picture—Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Best Direction—Paul Soriano (Thelma)
Best Actor—Jeorge E.R. Ejercito Estregan (Manila Kingpin)
Best Actress—Maja Salvador (Thelma)
Best Supporting Actor—John Regala (Manila Kingpin)
Best Supporting Actress—Lovi Poe (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)
Best Screenplay—Froilan Medina and Paul Soriano (Thelma)
Best Cinematography—Odyssey Flores (Thelma)
Best Production Design—Fritz and Mona Silorio (Manila Kingpin)
Best Editing—Jason Cahapay and Ryan Orduna (Manila Kingpin)
Best Musical Score—Raul Mitra (No Other Woman)
Best Sound—Albert Michael Idioma (Manila Kingpin)
Only the best sound winner, Idioma, had previously won Luna awards—for Feng Shui in 2004 and Malikmata in 2003.
Let us run through the list of winners category by category to see the various winners and those who contended for the awards.
SCENEMA Concept International is the first time-winning producer of Manila Kingpin:The Asiong Salonga Story. The best film actually garnered 54% of the total ballots cast by the Academy voters. It outpaced Thelma which got 35% of the votes.
First-time winner Paul Soriano (for Thelma), the grandson of Nestor de Villa, received 43% of the votes and stayed clear of a challenge by Binibining Joyce Bernal (for Segunda Mano) who chalked up 28% of the votes.
Paul becomes the 21st Luna best director winner in 30 years. Looking back through the first 30 years, there had been six multi- or two-time winners in this category. Joel Lamangan tops the list with five. Eddie Garcia won three times. Two-time winners were the late National Artist for Film Lino Brocka, this year’s FPJ Lifetime Achievement Awardee Augusto Salvador, Elwood Perez and Maryo J. de los Reyes
Laguna Gov. Jeorge E.R. Ejercito Estregan was declared winner in this category with 57% of the votes, beating Martin Escudero (for Zombadings: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington) who got 20%.
Gov. Estregan becomes the 16th winner in this category. The multi- or two-time winners in this category are surprisingly led by action stars with Philip Salvador claiming seven trophies, Christopher de Leon with four, the late King of Philippine movies, Fernando Poe Jr. with three and the late Rudy Fernandez with two.
First-time winner Maja Salvador (for Thelma) got a substantial percentage of the vote—59% to be exact—as she ran away to snatch the best actress trophy.
Maja is the 18th actress to win this award since 30 years ago. In the list of best actress winners, it is a dead heat among Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor and Lorna Tolentino with four trophies each. There are three other actresses who won more than once: Maricel Soriano with three and Sharon Cuneta and Zsa Zsa Padilla with two each.
Best Supporting Actor
John Regala was nominated for two films but won 39% of the votes for Manila Kingpin, edging Philip Salvador (for Panday 2) who chalked up 36%.
John is the 26th winner in this category which seems crowded with talents that for the first fifteen years of the Luna Awards, first-time winner always emerged. This category can only boast of three two-time winners—Ronaldo Valdez, Johnny Delgado and Dante Rivero.
Best Supporting Actress
Lovi Poe (for Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) redeemed her losing in the best actress category by winning this one with 48% of the vote, after surviving a strong challenge from Carla Abellana (for My Neighbor’s Wife) who accounted for 44% of the votes.
Lovi is the 22nd winner in this categpry which has five multi- and two-time winners. Gina Alajar and Nida Blanca won this trophy three times each. Two-time winners include Amy Austria, Caridad Sanchez and Jacklyn Jose. For the last six years, first-time winners won in this category.
Froilan Medina and Paul Soriano (for Thelma) literally edged Roy Iglesias and Ray Ventura (for Manila Kingpin) for this trophy by a 33%-32% result.
Froilan and Paul become the 29th and 30th best screenplay winners and the sixth to win as a tandem of writers. Since 2001 this category saw all first-time winners with two winning in tandem.
In the first 30 years of the Luna Awards, there have been three multi-time winners and three two-time winners. Up to the year 1997, the Academy gave two screenplay awards—original and adaptation. The winningest scriptwriter is Ricky Lee who has amassed seven trophies—five original and two adaptations. Raquel Villavicencio won two original and two adaptation and the late Orlando Nadres won two adaptation and an original.
Two time winners were Director Carlo Caparas, Humilde ‘Meek’ Roxas and Amado Lacuesta (the last two have unfortunately passed away).
Odyssey Flores (for Thelma) won this category with a hefty 59% of the votes and beat second-running Charlie Peralta (for No Other Woman).
Odyssey becomes the 18th winner of this category. There are only six multi- and two-winners in this category. Romy Vitug took home the Luna award trophy eight times. Three others—the late Eduardo ‘Totoy’ Jacinto and the Araojo brothers (the late Johnny and Romulo)—won three times each. Two-time winners are Lee Meily and Charlie Peralta.
Best Production Design
Fritz Silorio and Mona Silorio (for Manila Kingpin) got 48% of the vote to ward off the challenge of Richard Somes (for Panday 2) who got 24% of the votes.
They become the 19th and 20th winners in this category which in 1989 awarded this trophy to four productions designers working as a group in one picture. Since 1982, there have been three four-time winners, a three-time winner and two two-time winners in this category.
Topping the winners are this year’s Lamberto Avellana Memorial Posthumous Awardee Don Escudero, Manny Morfe, the present president of the Production Designers’ Guild of the Philippines and Joey Luna. Three-time winners are Benjie de Guzman and Rodell Cruz while Fiel Zabat (who migrated to the States after winning in 1983 and 1984) chalked up two wins.
Jason Cahapay and Ryan Orduna (for Manila Kingpin) got 30% of the votes and beat Vito Cajili (for No Other Woman) and Chrisel Desuasido and Augusto Salvador (for Panday 2) who got 23% and 22% respectively.
Jason and Ryan become only the 12th and 13th winners in this category because of the obvious domination of three editors who became successful directors too.
There are seven editors who are holders of more than one best editing trophy: Edgardo ‘Boy’ Vinarao, with six; Augusto Salvador, with six; the late Ike Jarlego Jr. with four; Jess Navarro, with four; and the two-time winners Renato de Leon, Vito Cajili and Marya Ignacio.
Best Musical Score
First-time winner Raul Mitra (for No Other Woman) received 43% of the votes, outgunning Jesse Lucas (for My Neigbor’s Wife) with 23% and Archie Castillo (for Thelma) with 21% of the votes.
Raul becomes the 17th best musical score Luna awardee. Willy Cruz owns the most number of best scoring trophies with four. Three-time winners are Nonong Buencamino and Ryan Cayabyab and two-time winners include Ernani Cuenco, Jaime Fabregas, George Canseco, Blitz Padua and Vincent de Jesus.
Albert Michael idioma (for Manila Kingpin), the only winner who is not a first-timer, got 35% of the votes, edging Ditoy Aguila (for Panday 2) who received 31%. This is his third best sound Luna trophy.
The multi-time and two-time winners were the following: the late Ramon Reyes Jr., with six; Rolly Ruta, the present president of the Motion Picture Audio Society of the Philippines, Inc., with five trophies which he won in consecutive years (the record for consecutive awards in the Luna); the late Vic Macamay, with five; and this year’s winner Albert, with three. Two-time winners are Gaudencio Barredo and Ditoy Aguila.
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