July 23, 2018, 12:06 am
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Entertainment editors award top honors to ‘Respeto’

“Respeto,” a moving indie about hip hop kids of Manila and directed by Treb Monteras II, was the big winner at the 2nd Eddys (The Entertainment Editors’ Choice), given out by the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEED) held at The Theatre at Solaire last Monday night.

Hosted by siblings Ruffa and Raymond Gutierrez, who oozed with calm and confidence, the fast-paced, well-staged ceremonies set the bar high for succeeding awards nights.

“Respeto” romped with six trophies, including Best Film, Supporting Actor (Dido dela Paz) and Supporting Actress (Chai Fonacier, with co-winners Angeli Agbayani and Therese Malvar).

“Birdshot,” a coming-of-age and social commentary in a rural setting, won three awards: Best Director (Mikhail Red), Best Actress (Mary Joy Apostol) and Best Cinematography ( Mycko David).

The Eddys 2018 also paid tribute to six film icons: Nora Aunor, Maricel Soriano, Charo Santos Concio, Eddie Garcia, Susan Roces and Gloria Romero.

The glittering awards ceremony was punctuated with performances by Wishful 5, Jona, Bituin Escalante, Loonie and Abra. Ciara Sotto displayed her amazing pole dancing skills. Noel Cabangon paid a moving tribute to the departed denizens of showbiz.

Nash Torres wrote the script and Paolo Valenciano directed the program.

SPEED is led by Ian Fariñas of People’s Tonite, president; Tessa Arriola of Manila Times, external vice president; Salve V. Asis of Pilipino Star Ngayon/Pang-Masa, internal vice president; Maricris V. Nicasio of Hataw, secretary; Gerardine Trillana of Malaya Business Insight, assistant secretary; Dinah Ventura of Daily Tribune, treasurer; Dondon Sermino of Abante, assistant treasurer; Ervin Santiago of Bandera and Jojo Panaligan of Manila Bulletin, PROs; Rohn Romulo of People’s Balita, auditor. The council of elders is made up of Isah Red, Eugene Asis and Nestor Cuartero.

Staged by Wish, the 2nd Eddys was presented by Globe, in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines. 

Here is the complete list of winners: 

Best Film: “Respeto”

Best Director: Mikhail Red (“Birdshot”)

Best Actress: Mary Joy Apostol (“Birdshot”)

Best Actor: Aga Muhlach (“Seven Sundays”)

Best Supporting Actress: Angelo Bayani (“Maestra”), Chai Fonacier (“Respeto”) and Therese Malvar (“Ilawod”)

Best Supporting Actor: Dido dela Paz (“Respeto”)

Best Screenplay: Eric Cabahug (“Deadma Walking”)

Best Cinematography: Mycko David (“Birdshot”)

Best Visual Effects: “Ang Panday”

Best Musical Score: Jay Durias (“Respeto”)

Best Production Design: Gino Gonzales (“Ang Larawan”)

Best Sound Design: Corrinne de San Jose (“Respeto”)

Best Editing: Marya Ignacio (“Kita Kita”)

Best Original Theme Song: “Respeto” (Respeto) Lyrics by Abra and Loonie, music by Jay Durias, beat by B-Boy Garcia, interpreted by Abra and Loonie

Joe Quirino Award: Mario A. Hernando (posthumous)

Manny Pichel Award: Ricky Lo

Producer of the Year: Vic del Rosario (Viva Films)

The late celebrities Maryo J. Delos Reyes, Soxy Topacio, Maning Borlaza, Bernardo Bernardo, Argel Joseph and Isabel Granada were also recognized for their contribution to local cinema.
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