At noon today, The Society of Philippine Entertainment Editors (SPEEd) will announce the nominations for the first Eddys, the awards for films the group of editors will hand out for the first time in local entertainment.
To hand awards to deserving craftsmen, actors, writers, and directors is one of SPEED’s major thrust when it was formed in 2015.
SPEED is made up of entertainment editors of newspapers circulated daily nationwide. Currently, this writer is the president and the members (and officers) include Jojo Panaligan, Manila Bulletin as First Vice President, Eugene Asis (People’s Journal, Second Vice President), Ian Fariñas (People’s Tonight, Secretary), Gie Trillana (Malaya Business Insight, Asst. Secretary), Salve Asis (Pilipino Star Ngayon and Pang-Masa, Treasurer), Maricar Nicasio (Hataw. Asst. Treasurer), Dindo Balares (Balita) and Dinah. S. Ventura (Daily Tribune) are the auditors, the public relations officers are Dondon Sermino (Abante) and Tessa Mauricio (Manila Times). The rest of the members are Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer), Jerry Olea (Abante Tonite), Rohn Romula (People’s Balita), Ervin Santiago, (Bandera) and Nestor Cuartero (Tempo) who acts as adviser to the group.
On July 9, the non-stock, non-profit organization of entertainment editors from the country’s top dailies will hold the first Entertainment Editors’ Award for Movies at the Kia Theater. It will be telecast later on ABS-CBN on the same day.
Dubbed “The Eddys,” it is the group’s way of encouraging Filipino filmmakers, producers, writers, actors and other allied artists in the Philippine movie industry to continue pursuing their passion of creating films that mirror the realities of our society.
“Given our collective experience and many decades of chronicling the careers, artistic processes and success or failure of actors, directors, producers and other players in the Philippine movie industry, we felt that we are in a distinctive position to hand out sound and sincere recognition of the best in filmmaking of the past year, and eventually inspire everyone in the industry to take pride in their craft and continue to enrich the Filipino talent,” I say and add, “We humbly state that in our case, we are doing this solely because of the love we have all come to develop for the Philippine entertainment industry in the course of our respective careers as journalists. We are all fans of the Filipino talent and this is our way of giving it due recognition and support.”
The announcement of the nominations will be held at the 38Valencia.
Award-winning documentary series Mukha celebrates its third anniversary with a special called “Nightshift,” a look into the lives of Filipinos who toil in the night to provide food, respond to emergencies, inform the people, protect the land, build structures, and keep the economy moving while the rest of the nation sleeps.
The whole country gets to watch their inspiring and moving stories and see the important roles they play in our society on Sunday, ABS-CBN’s Sunday’s Best.
Providing food for the people are fishermen, like Emboy Samartino of Cavite, who’s in the waters all night to catch fish, then delivered to buyers, like Joseph Estrada. Keeping the population safe and healthy are the likes of Kenneth Lacuna, an emergency medical technician (EMT) team leader who responds to critical and emergency situations to save lives, and Dr. Kesiah Bugante of Fabella Hospital, who works round the clock to attend to at least 15 patients giving birth each day.
Capture the routines of informers like photojournalist Vincent Go, who will share the challenges of working the graveyard to provide a slice of truth each day, and of national broadsheet roll man Rolly Damasco, who meticulously checks the papers before they are printed and distributed to different parts of the country.
Mukha will also share the experiences of protectors like Manila Metropolitan Theatre security guard Danilo Rubio, who tries to keep accidents and disturbances at bay around the historical institution and coast guard Angel Biliran, whose mission as commander of BRP Pampanga is to maintain peace in Philippine waters amidst the aggravating territorial disputes between Philippines and other countries.
It will also delve into the lives of night shift builders like steel man Louie Cabtalan, who is crucial in fortifying the foundation of buildings but is struggling to provide a shelter for his family. LRT Line 2 driver Carlos Valdez, meanwhile, goes to work as early as 2 a.m. to conduct rigorous safety tests on the trains to make sure they are safe to ride by daybreak.
Business process outsourcing (BPO) team leader Ralph Rumbines will also give an inside look into the life of a call center worker, how they deal with targets, health concerns, and discrimination as they strive to respond to queries anytime of the day. Likewise, airport ramp personnel Waynajoy Festijo has the lives of people in mind as she ensures evening flights run smoothly, checking on the weight and balance of an aircraft, as well as the refueling and other technicalities of a plane.
The stories in “Nightshift” were first shown in six parts on ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel. Mukha made history last year after winning a Silver Dolphin at the 7th Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards in France. It also was a finalist at the 2017 New York Festivals Awards for International TV programs and Films for its entry “Serbisyo” in the Current Affairs category.
Mukha’s “Nightshift” anniversary special narrated by Tony Velasquez airs on Sunday’s Best on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. It can also be viewed online via iwantv.com.ph and skyondemand.com.ph
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