The board of governors of the Film Academy of the Philippines will grant special awards—three of them posthumous—to eight film personalities who had made their mark in Philippines cinema to highlight this year’s silver anniversary version of the FAP’s Luna Awards.
The FPJ Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to action star and producer Rudy Fernandez and Director Celso Ad. Castillo while special recognition awards will be given to Charo Santos-Concio of ABS-CBN and Star Cinema, Wilson Tieng of Solar Entertainment Inc. and Cirio Santiago of Premiere Productions. To be given posthumous awards are Actor-Director Manuel Conde, actor Vic Silayan and sound engineer Flaviano Villareal.
Beginning this year, the special recognition awards will be called the Manuel de Leon Awards while the posthumous awards will be called the Lamberto Avellana Memorial Awards.
Last year, the FPJ lifetime achievement awardees were Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr. and komiks novelist-scriptwriter Pablo S. Gomez, the president of the Screenwriters’ Guild of the Philippines.
The FAP has already granted 45 lifetime achievement awards. The awards were named after Fernando Poe. Jr., acknowledged king of Philippine movies, starting in 2004 when Producer Marichu Perez-Maceda was given the award.
The lifetime achievers were as follows: Gerardo de Leon/director (1984);
Richard Abelardo/director and special effects; Consuelo ‘Ateng’ Osorio/director and writer; Luis Nolasco/producer, director and writer; Manuel Silos/director; and Totoy Torrente/ special effects (1986);
Juan Silos Jr./composer; William Smith/sound and color technology; Mary Walter/actress (1987); Tita Duran/actress; Enrique Jarlego Sr./editor; Pancho Magalona/actor; and Felipe Sacdalan/cinematographer (1988);
Levi Celerio/lyricist and musician; Chichay/actress; Bella Flores/actress; and Leopoldo Salcedo/actor (1989); Sen. Joseph Estrada/actor, producer, industry lead and Mowelfund founder; and Amb. Rogelio de la Rosa/actor (1990);
Lamberto Avellana/director; Manuel de Leon/producer and FAP founder Fernando Poe Jr./actor, director, producer, writer and industry leader (1991); Mike Accion/cinematographer; Eddie Infante/writer, actor and director; and Rodolfo ‘Dolphy’ Quizon/actor and producer (1992)
Nora Aunor/actress; and Espiridion Laxa/producer (1993); Victoriano R. Villanueva/actor and director (1994); Josefino Cenizal/musical director; and Pablo Santiago/director and producer (1995);
Anita Linda/actress (1996); Rosa Rosal/actress; and Vilma Santos/actress (1997); Eddie Garcia/actor and director (1998);
Tito Arevalo/musical director; Eddie Rodriguez/actor, director and producer; and Eddie Romero/writer, director and producer (2000);
Dely Atay-atayan/actress; and Rosario ‘Chuchi’ Hernandez/actress (2001);Gloria Romero/actress (2002); Susan Roces/actress (2003); and Augusto ‘Totoy’ Buenaventura/writer and director (2004).
In 2005, the lifetime achievement award of the Film Academy was renamed the FPJ Lifetime Achievement Award and the first recipient was Marichu Maceda/producer.
According to the files of the FAP, only two persons had been awarded the Golden Reel Award. They were former President Corazon C. Aquino and the late Fernando Poe. Jr.
Another FAP award, the Lamberto Avellana Memorial Award were given to Director Lino Brocka in 1990; writer and director Eddie Romero in 1994;Director-Documentarist Nicolas Deocampo in 1995; actress Rosa Rosal in 1996; and Film historian-filmmaker Ben Pinga in 1998.
Meanwhile, special cognition awards were given to actress Rita Gomez; actor-emcee German Moreno; comedy team Pugo & Togo; and actress Carmen Rosales in 1989;
The Ilagan clan; the Padilla clan; the Salvador clan; actress Sharon Cuneta; actor Robin Padilla; and Dr. Uwe Schmelter, Goethe Institute director, in 1989;
Director Eric de Guia in 1994; Cinematographer Luis Chiong; and painter and production designer Carlos ‘Botong’ Francisco/artist in 1995; and Mowelfund Executive Director Rodolfo Velasco in 2003.
Posthumous Recognition Awards were given to Director Lamberto Avellana in 1990 and actress Charito Solis/actress in 1997 while Special Posthumous Awards were given to Director Armando Garces and writer, actor and producer Fernando Poe Sr. in 1998.