2 Best Pictures, 2 Best Actresses named by The Eddys

Leah C. Salterio - The Philippine Star
2 Best Pictures, 2 Best Actresses named by The Eddys
Lotlot de Leon (left) receives The Eddys’ Best Actress award for her daughter Janine Gutierrez for Bakit Di Mo Sabihin?. She is joined by Max Eigenmann, who also won Best Actrss, for 12 Weeks.

MANILA, Philippines — Two Best Actress winners and two Best Pictures were adjudged in the sixth Entertainment Editor’s Choice Awards or the Eddys, held Sunday night at the Aliw Theater.

Heaven’s Best Entertainment’s Blue Room, megged by Ma-an Asuncion Dagñalan and CineKo Productions’ Family Matters were both named Best Picture by the Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEEd).

 Janine Gutierrez won Best Actress for Real Florido’s Bakit Di Mo Sabihin?, where she played a deaf-mute with her husband JC de Vera, who suffered the same fate.

Gutierrez was not around to accept her award, but her emotional mom, Lotlot de Leon, proudly received the trophy on the young actress’ behalf.

Mon Confiado is Best Supporting Actor for Nanahimik ang Gabi.

“I’m so proud of this award for my daughter,” Lotlot beamed. “I never received an award in my career, but it’s more exciting to receive your daughter’s award. Mula sa aking napakagaling na anak, maraming maraming salamat sa Eddys.”

Bakit ‘Di Mo Sabihin is a very special film that focuses on people with disabilities. “My daughter and JC had to learn the sign language to be able to translate it to film beautifully,” added Lotlot.

Pops Fernandez is one of the special guests.

“Nakita ko kung paano nagsikap ang anak ko to prove what she can do in this industry to claim her place as an actress. I would like to thank the Eddys sa pagbibigay ng parangal kay Janine.”

Max Eigenmann tied the Best Actress category with Janine and was thrilled when she accepted her trophy for Anna Isabelle Matutina’s 12 Weeks.

Hosts of the evening are Piolo Pascual and Iza Calzado.

Max, who is the daughter of actor Mark Gil, dedicated the award to her mom, former beauty queen-turned-actress Bing Pimentel, who was her costar in the film.

Elijah Canlas was named Best Actor for Dagñalan’s Blue Room, while Mon Confiado won Best Supporting Actor for Shugo Praico’s suspense thriller, Nanahimik ang Gabi.

Last year, Confiado got the same trophy from the Eddys for Mikhail Red’s Arisaka.

Nuel Crisostomo Naval was proclaimed Best Director for Family Matters, which also won Best Supporting Actress for Nikki Valdez and the Best Screenplay for Mel Mendoza del Rosario.

Other awards were Andrea Idioma and Emilio Bien Sparks, Best Sound for Nanahimik ang Gabi, Jazz Nicolas and Mikee Amistoso of The Itchyworms for Best Musical Score for Blue Room.

Composer Paulo Zarate and interpreter Floyd Tena for Sa Hawak Mo, Best Theme Song for Family Matters; Carl Regis Abuel, Tricia Bernasor and Geraldine Co, Best Visual Effects for LiveScream.

Moises Zee, Best Cinematography for Nanahimik ang Gabi; Vanessa de Leon, Best Editing and Marxie Maolen Fadul, Best Production Design both for Blue Room.

Veteran entertainment journalist Aster Amoyo was given the Joe Quirino memorial trophy, presented by her former talent, Jamie Rivera, under OctoArts International.

The Eddys also bestowed The Icon Award to Niño Muhlach, Aga Muhlach and Snooky Serna. Aga’s award was received by his son, Andres, who was obviously inexperienced in attending awards nights.

“Ganito pala ang feeling of being Aga Muhlach in one night,” the dapper and younger Andres Muhlach smilingly said. Through Aga’s son, the actor thanked his producers, directors as well as his long-time manager, Ethel Ramos, who passed on a few months ago.

The Manny Pichel Award went to entertainment columnist Ed de Leon, while Producer of the Year went to Viva Films and Mavex Productions.

The Eddys also paid tribute to dear departed artists and colleagues, including veteran entertainment columnist Ethel Ramos, also known as the Dean of Entertainment Writers who passed on last September.

Concert Queen Pops Fernandez did the sizzling opening number. Erik Santos paid tribute to the departed artists and production people. Darren Espanto also did a production number.

The awards event is the sixth edition of The Eddys, according to SPEEd president Eugene Asis, “an occasion that marks not only the excellence in Philippine cinema, but also our collective triumph over the challenges that have tested our resilience as a community.”

“We extend our thanks to the genius of filmmakers who pour their creativity into every frame, the courage of producers who invest in the dreams of storytellers, and, of course, to the audience,” he said.

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