Monday, January 23, 2012

PEOPLE ASIA'S People Of the Year Awards was MEMORABLE!

The stalwarts of People Asia Magazine, Publisher Jose Manuel "Babe Romualdez, glamorous Editor -in Chief, JoAnne Rae Ramirez and Associate Publisher Kevin Belmonte garnered another feather to their cap with the success of this year's People of the Year celebration at the Dusit Thani ballroom in Makati. It was also People Asia's 12th year Anniversary, another good reason to celebrate in a grand scale.

Lens genius Jun de Leon, President and Vice Chairman of Philippine Hoteliers Inc., Evelyn Singson, Broadcast journalist Ted Failon, Senator Edgardo Angara, Composer Louie Ocampo, Broadcast journalist Mel Tiangco, Businessman Henry Sy Jr., Painter Ben Cabrera, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago were chosen for their lifetime achievements.  Other awardees were Beauty Queens Miss Philippines for Ms. Universe Shamsey Supsup, Ms. Philippines for Miss World, Gwendolyn Ruais,  and Man of the Decade, Pound for Pound King Manny Pacquiao, who gave our country pride and honor.

People Asia's first "People's Choice Awardee"  Dolores "Maruxa" Pita (she was nominated by readers and garnered the most votes in an online poll posted on Facebook), is a remarkable Angel sent to the Philippines by God. She landed in the Philippines on Dec. 1959 to help establish the Institucion Teresiana School (now known as Poveda) and has never left since. Hers is an amazing true story of how a retired Spanish school teacher helped build a "heaven" for street kids. 

SM Boss Lady Tessie Sy had her own set of People of the Year Awardees: Miss Universe Margie Moran Florendo for her dedication to Ballet Philippines,  French Missionary Laurence Ligier, who has been rescuing girls from physical and abusive situations when she put up Chameleon Association in Iloilo, Golden Arches George Yang, owner of the McDonald's franchise has 27,000 workers to date, boosting the employment rate in the Philippines, among others. 

The event started with the cast of Mama Mia giving a few excerpts from the show which will open on Jan 24 at the CCP.

Everybody's idol, the "Beacon of Filipino pride",the undisputed WBO's Welterweight Champion, Manny Pacquiao, delighted the audience with a most candid speech he ever delivered, filled with humor, Bilblical passages and touching circumstances of his humble beginnings.

Looking forward to next year's People of the Year Awards. Put your bets on who they will be. Your guess is as good as mine. 

Awardee Sen. Edgardo Angara obliged me with a pose

The Honorable Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario is flanked by Consuls Evie Costa and Fortune Ledesma

Business Tycoon Tony Boy Cojuangco with his long time partner Gretchen Barretto

3rd runner up in the Miss Universe Contest, intelligent and lovely Shamsey Supsup

A Trio of Designers- Set and accessory deisgner Jun Ablaza, Dress designers Michelle Sison, and Ito Curata

I only watch boxing if it is PACMAN fighting. Dr. Joni Dizon joins me in this photo

Publisher Babe Romualdez with Awardees Pacman, and Sen. Angara

Arturo Go, Essenses Marketing genius Rhoda Aldanase and Ed Ramirez, so proud of wife JoAnne Rae's achievement 

Rose Ann Belmonte, Architect Rachy Cuna, Marisa Cojuangco

 Young fashionista President of Calata enterprise Joseph Calata

Dusit's GM Prateek Kumar, Essences Rhoda Aldanese

Stylish Spa owner Lani Schoof

Tall Statuesque International Model Krista Kleiner co-hosted with Johnny Litton

Pal. President Jimmy Bautista

Impressario Francis Lumen showed excerpts of Mama Mia to kick off the event


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