Star Awards for TV dominated by ABS-CBN
DESPITE the delay, the recent Star Awards for TV held at Pagcor Theater in Parañaque was a success. It was aired on ABS-CBN Channel 2's Sunday's Best, from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
As in years past, this year's Star Awards for TV '09 was a battle between '2' and '7', with the Kapamilya network now taking lead over its rival, Kapuso network, for the highest honors, the Best Station Award.
Well, no wonder, it was aired on Channel 2.
Big winners also came from the Kapamilya stable like Gina Pareno, best drama actress (for “Tayong Dalawa”) Coco Martin, best drama actor (also for “Tayong Dalawa”); Luis Manzano, best male host (for ASAP '08) and Valerie Concepcion, best female host (for “Wowowee”). The long-running Maalaala Mo Kaya? was named best drama anthology and last year's edition of ASAP was adjudged best musical-variety show of the year.
GMA7 garnered a total of 17 trophies, notably for the documentary program “I-Witness” and its hosts Kara David, Jay Taruc, Sandra Aguinaldo and Howee Severino; the best magazine show and host for the long-running, “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho,” best youth-oriented program, “Ka-Blog” and best host in an educational program (“Kap's Amazing Stories”) for Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr.
Other TV networks also figured in this year's awards: Q 11 with “Balik-bayan,” hosted by Drew Arellano (best travel show and host) and “Day-Off,” best reality program.
UNTV 37 won an award for Ben Tulfo's “Bitag Live” and Net 25 clinched an award for the hosting chore of Janice de Belen in Sunday's “Spoon.”
ABC-5 was represented by actor-host, Ryan Agoncillo whose talent search show, “Talentadong Pinoy” scored a double victory, as best talent search show and best talent search show host. Another winner from ABC-5 was the horror/fantasy program, “Midnight DJ” Oyo Sotto leads the cast.
Special awardees include: Hall of Fame Award for “Eat... Bulaga!” (GMA-7), Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award for Star Magic's Johnny Manahan, and Excellence in Broadcasting Award for Vice-President Noli de Castro. Stars of the Night: Piolo Pascual (Male) and Anne Curtis (Female) while Faces of the Night: John Lloyd Cruz (Male) and Sunshine Dizon (Female)
Performers in the event, among many others, included Arnel Pineda and Charice; the Star Magic talents led by Piolo Pascual, Bea Alonzo, Vina Morales, Sam Milby, Giggers Boys, Nina and Richard Poon who sang the best teleserye theme song medley.