Lea, Jericho, Boy Lead 2012 Ani Ng Dangal Awardees

MANILA, Philippines - Lea Salonga, Jericho Rosales, Boy Abunda and the Halili-Cruz Ballet Company led this year's Ani Ng Dangal Awardees.

February of every year, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) celebrates the National Arts Month. Ani ng Dangal is part of the celebration.

Last Feb. 28, the NCCA honored 39 Filipino artists who made outstanding artistic achievements in the global arena. For this year, the awarding ceremony was held in Malacañang Palace.

The awardees are Lea Salonga, who was given the Walt Disney Legendary Award in the Disney Legend Awards 2011, Jericho Rosales, who got the Special Artist Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting in the 13th Newport Beach Film Festival for his film ''Subject I Love You.''

Halili-Cruz Ballet Company, a four-time Ani ng Dangal awardee, garnered the Gold Prize in Dance Excellence, Los Angeles, California, Gold Prize in the 21st Century International Dance Festival 2011 in Malaysia and the Grand Prize trophy in the 13th Asia Pacific Dance Competition in Bangkok, Thailand. Boy Abunda's ''The Bottomline'' was chosen as the Best Talk Show for 2011 in the 16th Asian TV Awards.

The Halili-Cruz Ballet Company is a multi-awarded ballet company under the leadership of Shirley Halili Cruz. The Halili-Cruz School of Ballet has been awarded the ''Most Outstanding Ballet School in Asia'' since 2000.

• • •

Ai Ai, Wenn Reunite In 'Wako Wako'

Working together once more are ''Comedy Concert Queen'' Ai Ai de las Alas and Director Wenn Deramas, the blockbuster tandem behind the 2010 movie ''Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na 'To).'' Their latest project is the ABS-CBN fantaserye ''Wako Wako,'' which premieres tomorrow, March 5.

Through the show, Ai Ai said she intends to give televiewers not only entertainment but also inspiration. She recounted that her tandem with Wenn, while they were big box-office hits, were also loaded with life lessons.

Ai Ai recently went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where she visited places in Jesus' life. Ai Ai took the chance to reflect on her own life and thank the Lord for her many blessings.

Also featured in ''Wako Wako'' is talented child actor Yogo Singh. He said he and his mom chose to do ''Wako Wako'' because of its high entertainment value.

''Wako Wako'' is the story of a seven-year-old boy Muymuy (Yogo) who yearns to make his father, a policeman, proud.

He will discover a magical creature whom he'll call Wako Wako. Wako Wako fulfills all his wishes, but soon Muymuy discovers that every granted wish comes with a price.

Ai Ai plays the mysterious lady named Dyosa Marishka, the goddess of wishes.

''Wako Wako'' starts airing tomorrow before ''TV Patrol'' on ABS-CBN.

• • •

Cha-Cha Cañete's Kiddie Rockstar Music Video On 'Goin' Bulilit'

This Sunday in ''Goin' Bulilit,'' Cha-Cha Cañete's music video entitled ''Bakit O Bakit'' will be seen for the first time on television. The song is the carrier for her upcoming album ''Bulilit Rockstar.''

In the music video, Cha-Cha proves that even kids like her can also delve into rock music. Rock band Tanya Markova jazzes up the video directed by Yan Yuzon.

Cha-Cha is a consistent first honor student. She appears regularly on the country's top-rating and longest-running kiddie gag show ''Goin' Bulilit.''

• • •

Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, March 4, go to Dawn Zulueta, Carol Banawa, Ella Reyes-Choy, Wilma Redler, Joanne Ramirez, Krystle Yambot, David S. Flores, Joan Camille Tisoy, Hattie H. Pili, Ruby Co, Chicago-based Gerry Crisostomo, Judith A. Los Baños and congressional spouse Sandra Estrella...

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused
    Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused

    The Sandiganbayan has allowed a government official, accused with plunder along with former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to undergo a medical procedure at a hospital tomorrow. The anti-graft court permitted former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Benigno Aguas to undergo a cardiopulmonary/endocrine clearance at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. …

  • Sandigan recommends executive clemency for ex-envoy
    Sandigan recommends executive clemency for ex-envoy

    The Sandiganbayan has recommended executive clemency for a former Philippine ambassador to Nigeria who was sentenced to 52 years for malversation of public funds. The Sandiganbayan First Division found Masaranga Umpa guilty of misusing the Assistance-To-Nationals Stand-by Funds totaling $80,478.80 in 2007, but the anti-graft court said the former assemblyman from Lanao del Norte should be pardoned. …

  • Stargazing at the mall highlights Earth Hour
    Stargazing at the mall highlights Earth Hour

    It was a night of stargazing in 58 SM Supermalls all over the country last night as these establishments participated in Earth Hour, an annual worldwide movement encouraging communities and establishments to switch off lights for one hour to raise global awareness of overuse of non-renewable resources. The Philippines has been an active participant of Earth Hour since 2008. Last night, in the province of Bulacan, for instance, all parishes, diocesan institutions, schools and household …

  • Payanig privatization hit
    Payanig privatization hit

    BLEMP Commercial of the Philippines, Inc. (BLEMP) denounced the recent announcement of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to privatize the 18.4-hectare “Payanig sa Pasig” property. In a statement sent to The STAR, BLEMP lawyer Dennis Manalo said the PCGG has no right to auction the property because it has no valid title and is not in possession. The PCGG has not paid a single centavo in real property taxes for the property, he said. He narrated that it was in the early 70s …

  • New species of tarantula found
    New species of tarantula found

    Scientists from the Museum of Natural History (MNH) of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños have discovered a new species of cave-dwelling tarantula on an island off the coast of Quezon. The new species of the spider, Phlogiellus kwebaburdeos, was described in the recent issue of the Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology by MNH curators for spiders Aimee Lynn Dupo and Alberto Barrion along with their former student Joseph Rasalan. The tarantula was discovered by Rasalan during one …

  • Palm Sunday: Do not add to suffering of others
    Palm Sunday: Do not add to suffering of others

    As Christendom enters Holy Week today, Palm Sunday, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) yesterday called on the faithful not to add to the sufferings of their fellowmen. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (ECPA), said that while Palm Sunday is oftentimes remembered as the glorious arrival of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, it also signals the start of the Holy Week that tells of His suffering, death and …

  • Miriam pushes tougher graft law
    Miriam pushes tougher graft law

    Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed a bill that would make public officials liable for violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act even if they are elected to a fresh term or a new position. In filing Senate Bill 2716, Santiago sought to address what she said was the doctrine of condonation in Philippine jurisprudence brought about by the 2010 case of Salumbides vs. Ombudsman. “By merely asserting the doctrine of condonation, erring elective officials are automatically given a …

  • Phl hits back at China over sea infra work
    Phl hits back at China over sea infra work

    The Philippines assailed China yesterday for contesting Manila’s planned repair and maintenance works on some islands in the West Philippine Sea, saying they are “in no way comparable” to the Asian power’s massive reclamation activities which are in violation of international laws. “The Philippines’ possible undertaking of necessary maintenance and repairs on its existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea, over which the Philippines rightfully exercises sovereignty, sovereign rights and …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options