June 19, 2019
The 3rd Entertainment Editors’ Choice or Eddys Nominees Night saw both joy and sorrow amid a star-studded event on June 15 at Annabel’s in Quezon City.
Spearheaded by the Society of Entertainment Editors (SPEEd) to gather the year’s nominees for acting and technical awards for movies to receive citations and enjoy a night of camaraderie, veteran actor Eddie Garcia was very much in the minds of the hosts and guests.
The 90-year-old showbiz stalwart whom SPEEd had named an Icon of Philippine Cinema during the second Eddys remains comatose in hospital following a freak accident on the set of TV series.
Garcia also leads the nominees for Best Actor this year for his portrayal of an elderly statesman in “Rainbow Sunset,” who decides to come out and move in with his longtime lover at the twilight of their lives.
SPEEd president Ian Fariñas in her speech led everyone in a moment of silence, and followed on with a heartfelt prayer claiming the Lord’s “promises of healing and miracles for [showbiz’s] beloved Tito Ed” whom she described as “a great actor, a beloved friend and “upstanding man.”
Garcia’s “Rainbow Sunset” co-star, respected theater and movie veteran Tony Mabesa, who is also nominated for Best Supporting Actor, bowed his head along with the rest of the celebrities attendance, among them Best Actor Nominees Dingdong Dantes (“Sid and Aya”) and Paolo Contis (“Through Night and Day”); Best Supporting Actor nominees Tirso Cruz 3rd (“Rainbow Sunset”), Ricky Davao (“Kasal”) and Tony Labrusca (“ML”); Best Actress nominee Glaiza de Castro (“Liway”); Best Supporting Actress nominee Cherie Gil (“Citizen Jake”); and Best Director nominees Joel Lamangan (“Rainbow Sunset”) and Kip Oebanda (“Liway”).
But of course, the show must go on as they say in showbiz, with Fariñas (People’s Tonight Entertainment editor) lining up what’s in store come Eddys awards night on July 14 at the New Frontier Theater (formerly Kia), specifically SPEEd’s contribution to the 100th Year Commemoration of Philippine Cinema.
“SPEEd joins this celebration by honoring some of the industry’s ‘unsung heros’ who work behind the camera. We consider them the backbones of movie projects,” Fariñas noted.
The Filipiniana-themed program in honor of the banner year in local cinema proceeded with the presentation of certificates of nominations, with The Manila Times later spotting the celebrities enjoying their recognition and taking selfies with one another in what they agreed was a rare but much-appreciated occasion to just hang out with colleagues and the entertainment press corps.
Asked for the group’s sentiment at the end of a highly successful Eddys Nominees’ Night, SPEEd External Vice President and spokesperson, and The Manila Times Lifestyle and Entertainment editor Tessa Mauricio Arriola said, “We are deeply grateful to the glittering stars and the acclaimed directors, screenwriters, film editors, musicians, composers and technical experts of the movie industry who descended at the 3rd Entertainment Editors Choice Nominees’ Night. To take time and acknowledge this recognition the Eddys have given them says volumes of their passion and professionalism as artists and all the more make each of them the winners they are in the industry.”
The Eddys Nominees’ Night was held in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, whose chairman and CEO Liza Diño was guest of honor and shared the honor of presenting the nominees’ certificates with SPEEd’s president.
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