The Box-Office Entertainment Awards
STARBYTES By Butch Francisco
The Philippine Star 02/23/2006
Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc.
Let me hear you say that in one breath. I know its quite a mouthful so I dont blame you for tripping over that. In fact, in the annual Box-Office King and Queen Awards presentation, the winners never get around to saying that correctly in their acceptance speeches.
Many years ago, Vandolph Quizon, after being selected Most Popular Child Star, got his tongue so twisted trying to say the name of the organization that he gave up midway in his speech and ended up thanking "the people behind Guillermo Memorial Park."
The Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. was set up decades ago by a Bulacan businesswoman named Corazon Samaniego. She named it in honor of her late father, Guillermo Mendoza, once a Bulacan town mayor and philanthropist.
Every year, Mrs. Samaniego puts up the Box-Office King and Queen Awards to recognize the most popular people in the entertainment profession. Proceeds from the TV rights and gate receipts go to a fund used to send poor students to school from Bulacan.
On March 19 at the RCBC Plaza, the most popular on TV and in the movies will again be honored in ceremonies to be aired live by ABS-CBN. It will no longer be called Box-Office King and Queen Awards, but simply Box-Office Entertainment Awards.
There will also be revisions in some of the categories. The organization, for instance, has done away with the Mr. and Miss RP Movies titles. In its place are Film Actor and Actress of the Year.
Below is the complete list of winners in the 2005 Box-Office Entertainment Awards.
Box-Office King Vic Sotto
Box-Office Queen Kristine Hermosa
Film Actors of the Year Aga Muhlach and John Lloyd Cruz
Film Actress of the Year Zsa Zsa Padilla
Prince of Philippine Movies & TV Richard Gutierrez
Princess of Philippine Movies & TV Angel Locsin
Male Entertainer of the Year Ogie Alcasid
Female Entertainer of the Year Regine Velasquez
Male Recording Star of the Year Christian Bautista
Female Recording Star of the Year Sarah Geronimo
Most Popular Recording Group M.Y.M.P.
Most Promising Recording Group Orange & Lemons
Most Popular Loveteam Mark Herras and Jennylyn Mercado
Most Promising Male Star Jose Manalo
Most Promising Female Star Toni Gonzaga
Most Promising Male Singer Sam Milby
Most Promising Female Singer Yasmien Kurdi
Dance Group of the Year Sexbomb Dancers
Most Popular Novelty Singer Vhong Navarro
Most Popular Child Performer BJ "Tolits" Forbes
Most Popular Child Performers (cast/ensemble) Cast of Mga Angel Na Walang Langit
Most Popular Film Producer Star Cinema
Most Popular Screenwriters Shaira Salvador and Ricky Lee
Most Popular Film Director Rory Quintos
Most Popular TV Program Encantadia
Most Popular TV Director Mark Reyes and Gil Tejada
Bert Marcelo Lifetime Achievement Award Bayani Agbayani
Peoples Hero Award Manny Pacquiao
Phenomenal TV Program of the Year Pinoy Big Brother