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26th Aliw Awards presentation set Oct. 8

Junne Quintana, Manila Bulletin

Junne Quintana
(Photo by Teresa G. Martinez)

The 26th Aliw Awards presentation to be held on Oct. 8 at the Fiesta Pavilion of the historic Manila Hotel has 34 categories of awards for the best in live performances in the Philippines, said Junne Quintana, the new president of the Aliw Awards Foundation.

Special awards will also be presented, particularly the Hall of Fame, for stage director Bobby Garcia, comedian John Lapus, musical director Louie Ocampo and stage director Freddie Santos. The four live entertainment stalwarts have already received awards in the same category at least thrice from the Aliw Awards Foundation, Quintana noted.

Others to receive special awards are entertainment editor Ricky Lo; US-based songstress Lirio Vital who’s coming home especially for the event; and this writer.

The distinguished honorees during the affair are Ms. Nora Aunor, Tito and Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Joe Gruta, Nestor Torre Jr., Angie Ferro, The UP Repertory Company and the Leyte Dance Theater.

Among the 34 categories of awards to be presented are: Best Child Performer, Best New Artist, Best Dance Company, Best Cultural Group, Best Choral Group, Best Instrumentalist, Best Emcee (Male/Female), Best Stand-up Comedian, Best Classical Performer (Male/Female), Best Crossover/Broadway Performer and Best Production for Children.

More: Best Non-musical Production, Best Musical Production, Best Stage Director (non-musical), Best Stage Director (musical), Best Actor (non-musical), Best Actress (non-musical), Best Actor (musical), Best Actress (musical), Best Actress In A Featured Role and Best Actor In A Featured Role.

Also: Best Concert/Special Concept Director, Best Musical Director; Best Performance in Hotels, Music Lounges, Bars (Male/Female/Group); Best Performance In A Concert (Male/Female/Group), Best Collaboration In A Concert; Best Comedy Concert, and Best Major Concert.

The other officers of Aliw Awards Foundation are: Brianne James Lu, 1st vice president; Frank Rivera, 2nd vice president; Tess Tan, secretary; Francia Conrado; treasurer; and Sonny Valencia, treasurer.

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Chris Tiu, Timmie Guillermo, Tomas Marcelo Agana III, Pharex,

Photo shows from left: Charis Foundation president and basketball icon Chris Tiu; Pharex Sales and Marketing Vice President Timmie Guillermo; Charis Foundation Executive Director Oliver Tuazon and Pharex President and CEO Tomas Marcelo Agana III

What Chris Tiu Does Sunday Mornings

It was Chris Tiu clad in printed collared shirt and khakis who met the media recently at the Nueve de Febrero Elementary School. Like most Filipinos, his Sunday began with the Holy Eucharist of the Mass, for which he sat on the front pew.

This time however, he was with his “other family”: The volunteers of his newly established Charis Foundation, and the top executives and staff of partner Pharex Health Corp., for a community outreach program. After the mass, Chris talked about Charis (KAR-is), a foundation that focuses on youth development, integral service, scholarships and other grants and media and research.

After this, Chris changed into a jersey to lead a basketball clinic for 10 to 12-year-old pupils.

“To be good at my game, it really takes effort – I practice shooting before the team rehearsals, and after everybody had left. Attitude is very important in sports. You can be talented, pero kung wala kang sipag, tiyaga at disiplina, hindi ka gagaling,” Chris shared with the pupils.

By the way, congratulations and best wishes to Chris and wife. They got married just recently.

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Sandwich, Rico Blanco, Elmo Magalona

Sandwich, Rico Blanco, and Elmo Magalona

10 Artists In Rexona Run

Live music – this is what sets the Rexona Run apart from any other running event ever mounted in the country to date. This year’s “Run to Your Beat” definitely pushed the brand’s advocacy to “Do:More” as it challenged the usual approach to the sport with no less than 10 artists participating. The race starts at 3 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Mall Of Asia grounds. A celebratory party waits at the finish line.

Performances by Delta Street, Sandwich, The Diegos, DJ Mia Ayesa, Deuce Manila, and DJ Nina will accompany runners until the 5 km mark, while Funk Act and DJ Khai will take it from there until the 10 km mark. Topping the nonstop music festivities are Rico Blanco, Elmo Magalona and Mars Miranda, who will all be performing until the 21 km mark.

To register, visit www.runrio.com. Registration is until Oct. 13.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings, Oct. 7, go to Ma. Victoria Jasmin of DOT, Nelly Campos, Linda Punzalan, Ira Maniquis, Eleazar Macapagal, Bing Jaleco, Jake Tordesillas, Roselle dela Umbria of PCSO PR Dept., Vanessa Valderama, Shoona Teves, Brenda Villasin, Norihide Joseph Ono, Mrs. Po Suan Velasco, Virgie V. Mariano, Engr. Abraham S. Gumatay, Anna Larruccea and former Parañaque Mayor Joey Marquez… The “Argentine Cinema Night,” presented by the Embassy of the Argentine Republic,” will open on Oct. 7 at the Cinema 1, Greenbelt 3, Makati City.