Singer Sarah Geronimo was cited as Entertainer of the Year for this year’s Aliw Awards held Oct.18 at the Manila Hotel. The young singer scored a double feat as she also won the Best Major Concert (Female) award.
Inducted into the Aliw Hall of Fame for winning the same category at least three times were Ryan Agoncillo (Best Male Emcee), REtroSPECT (Best Group Performer in Hotels, Music Lounges and Bars) and the UP Concert Chorus (Best Choral Group).
Boxing icon and Saranggani representative Manny Pacquiao was the hands down winner in the International Achievement Award.
The Best New Artist and Best New Artist (Group) were given to Jovit Baldovino and Juan Pablo Dream, respectively. The concert “Only La Diva at Music Museum” of GMA-7’s La Diva grabbed the Best Concert Stage Director for Louie Ignacio, Best Musical Director for Danny Tan, and Best Concert Performance by a Group.
Some of the other notable awards given were the Lifetime Achievement Award for Tommy Abuel, Ben Cervantes, Cecille Licad, Tiongco Brothers, and Ariel Ureta, Best Emcee (Male) – Boy Abunda, Best Emcee (Female) – Miriam Quiambao, Best Comedy Act (Male) – Jon Santos, Best Stage Actor (Musical) – Robert Seña, Best Stage Actor (Non-musical) – Bembol Roco,
Best Performer In Hotels, Music Lounges, Bars (Male) – RJ Jacinto, and Best Major Concert (Collaboration) – Gary Valenciano and Martin Nievera.
The Aliw Awards are given annually to recognize the best performers in live entertainment in the country.