It was a glitzy event that celebrated the best talents in the moviemaking industry. While most of the winners were no show, the awarding ceremony held at the Kia Theatrer last Sunday was never short of star power.
From the red carpet, where fans and photographers patiently waited for the arrival of celebrities, to the venue where fans had a rendezvous with big stars, the first Entertainment Editors’ Movie Awards, or simply called The Eddys, was definitely a remarkable night people were still talking about it days after it was staged.
The fast-paced program, which was taped as live and will be telecast tonight on ABS-CBN, started on a high note with James Reid and Nadine Lustre opening the two-hour show.
The multimedia love team performed a few numbers including Jonas Blue’s “Perfect Strangers” and Justin Bieber’s “Let Me Love You.” Accompanied by G-Force, the couple rocked the stage igniting the whole Kia Theater with their fans shouting at the top of their lungs.
Next to hit the stage were Viva artists Julian Trono and Ella Cruz singing their own single “Isang Tingin,” which is also the soundtrack of their upcoming film, Fan Gil/Fan Boy. Their well-choreographed number complemented the bubblegum pop genre of their song.
The dance production was rounded out by one of the most applauded numbers of the night with Yassi Pressman and Arjo Atayde dancing to the tune of “Despacito.” While Yassi is known for her talent on the dance floor, people were surprised that Arjo actually had some moves keeping up with his partner from slow to upbeat steps.
After pop production, the spotlight was trained on vocal powerhouse and rising pop divas Morissette Amon and Klarisse who joined singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid and Concert King Martin Nievera in a tribute to the late OPM legend Willy Cruz.
Meanwhile, presenters Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona, Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber, and Kisses Delavin and Marco Gallo drew loud cheers from the crowd. In fact, it was MayWard and Kisses who made The Eddys a trending topic on Twitter on the night it was being taped.
Some of the celebrities that took everyone’s attention were Kapuso star Rhian Ramos, former FHM cover girl Phoebe Walker, and millennial moms Sarah Lahbati, Cristine Reyes and Jodi Sta. Maria who all came in their floor-length shimmering gowns fit for the fashionable and star-studded occasion.
Big winners at the inaugural The Eddys were Vilma Santos, Paolo Ballesteros, John Lloyd Cruz, Angel Locsin, and Lav Diaz and his film Ang Babaeng Humayo.
Boy Abunda and Lav Diaz respectively received the Joe Quirino and Manny Pichel awards for successfully crossing over to different fields from their original professions—Abunda from talent management to becoming a top TV host himself, and Diaz from being an entertainment journalist to a multi-awarded film director. Regal Entertainment’s matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde was recognized, too, as producer of the Year.