Stand and deliver: Big winners in 2013

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In show business, buzz is fleeting if not backed by merit. This year, some of those that stood out in the Philippine entertainment scene are:




This film is about Filipino migrant workers in Israel. It got the lion’s share of trophies at Cinemalaya 2013 with 10 awards including Best Director (for Hannah Espia), Best Actress (Irma Adlawan), Best Supporting Actress (Jasmine Curtis-Smith), Audience Choice Award, Best Picture and NETPAC Award for Asian Cinema, among others.

“Transit” also earned a Special Mention when it competed with 12 Asian films under the New Currents section at the 18th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.

Hollywood critic Richard Kuipers praised it for being “gracefully directed, inventively edited look at the plight of Filipino immigrant workers in Israel.”


B’laan Duo

YouTube can turn ordinary people into instant celebrities, as proven by the B’laan cousins Aldrich Lloyd Talonding and James Bucong. The video of their rendition of “Dance With My Father” got more than 3,000,000 views and 50,000 likes on YouTube, paving the way for them to be invited as guests on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” on which they got a standing ovation for their rendition of the Luther Vandross song.

During the interview with the famed American host, Talonding revealed how the video changed their lives.
“People started recognizing us along the streets or in the malls - they even recognize us in the restrooms.”



Gloc-9 is still on top of his game. At the recent Awit Awards, the rapper clinched major trophies for his album “Mga Kuwento Ng Makata” featuring the hit “Sirena” featuring Ebe Dencel. Some of these awards were Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Music Video of the Year.

More in Gloc-9’s bag: trophies from the PMPC Awards for Music (Album of the Year, Music Video of the Year); and MYX Music Awards (Favorite Collaboration, Favorite Song, Favorite MYX Live performance).
The talk-a-mile-per-minute artist also interpreted the entry “Papel” along with Joey Ayala at the 2013 Philippine Popular Music Festival.



Nora Aunor

She is still the superstar, says the new additions to her trophy shelf. This year, Nora scored two international awards for her role as a Badjao midwife in Brillante Mendoza’s “Thy Womb” — Best Actress at the 3rd Sakhalin International Film Festival and at the Asian Film Festival Awards in Hong Kong.

Locally, she brought home trophies for the same role including the Presidential Award for Cinematic Arts Excellence at the FAMAS; Best Actress at the Luna Awards, Gawad Urian, Gawad Tangi for Films and Star Awards for Movies; Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role-Drama at the Golden Screen Awards, among others. Manila Bulletin