Held in Quezon City Sports Club, the 31st Luna Awards formally started at 8:30 pm, an hour and a half delayed from the original schedule. After the national anthem, FAP Director General Leo Martinez welcomed the nominees and guests.
An unidentified guest couldn’t help but admire the nice décor that of the elegant stage with the stylish trimmings. Lending class to the presentation were the wine bottles on the tables courtesy of Michel Lhuiller winery.
The souvenir program, available to guests in the reception area, contained the details of the Luna Awards, particularly the nominees in all categories. It served as guide to the proceedings.
The souvenir program also featured selected articles reprinted from the FAP website. Mar Lopez, of the Big 3 Sullivan fame, who was featured in one of the articles, asked for an extra copy.
Incidentally, Mar’s daughter Venus Lopez was one of the performers of the night. She sang a fast tune to liven up the affair. Other performers were Ghian Gloria and Isay Alvarez, a namesake of the more popular operatic singer.
Providing the preliminary music was Charlie Sullivan on his keyboard. According to Mar Lopez, Charlie is the son of Boy, the original member of Big 3 Sullivans, the group of Mar which popularized the novelty song “May Pulis Sa Ilalim Ng Tulay.”
FAP Director General Leo Martinez with UFEG’s Jaybee and Jun Garlan, Lorna Balmes and Raquel Paz of the FAP Secretariat, Bert Vivar of KAPPT
Not to be forgotten, Vincent Dafalong sang his signature song Mahiwagang Nunal. And to connect with the audience, he made rounds of the tables. Vincent was also a presentor like Col. Jimmy Tiu, former president of FAMAS.
In the table occupied by the press people, several asked why FAP still deviates from the current norm of informing the winners before the awards night. “Para siguradong darating ang mga winners lalo na yung mga artista pag alam nilang winner sila.”
Another guy in the media table asked why ER Ejercito was not nominated in the best actor category. It had to be explained that the Luna Awards night was the culmination of a long process.
The media people. DZMM’s Ambet Nabus holding the Luna Awards souvenir program, second from left is veteran writer Jun Nardo
The Citers screened the rated movies shown in the theaters the past year. The result was passed on to the Nominators, an elite group where members are nominees or award winners. Called peer awards, the 100 or so voters were movie industry workers.
On a brighter note, Laguna governor ER Ejercito a.k.a Jeorge Estregan, Jr. came with his wife, Pagsanjan mayor Maita Soriano Ejercito, to receive the Best Picture award for his film El Presidente.
Holding the trophy, Gov. ER thanked the Film Academy for the recognition given to his movie. He dedicated the award to his late father George Estregan.
Showing off their awards, Eddie Garcia and Jeorge Estregan, Jr.
The FPJ Lifetime Achievement plaque was awarded to Manoy Eddie Garcia. The ageless character actor greeted FPJ with the promise that they would have a “cold one” (probably beer) when they meet again.
Unfortunately, Manoy Eddie was beaten by John Lloyd Cruz (The Mistress) for the best actor award. Another nominee for Bwakaw was Rez Cortez who also lost to Ronaldo Valdez for the best supporting trophy (The Mistress).
2013 Luna Awards best director Olivia Lamasan for her drama masterpiece – The Mistress
Oro Plata Mata director Peque Gallaga was bestowed the Manuel De Leon Exemplary Achievement Award. In a pre-taped interview, Direk Peque said that he didn’t expect it. He wanted to share the honor with Lore Reyes, his creative partner.
Last year, the Film Academy had given Dolphy the Golden Reel Award. Sad to note that until today, no one in the Quizon family had come to claim the plaque for the late Comedy King.
A souvenir shot as requested by Vincent Dafalong. Flanking him are singer Ghian Gloria and character actor Rez Cortez
The hosts for the night were Lesley Valenciano Martinez and Leroy dela Fuente. The emcee for the second part was Rez Cortez.
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