Star-studded event, A glimpse of normalcy in the 4th Asia Pacific Luminare Awards 2021

“I want to say congratulations to all our awardees. We look forward to seeing more success, better leadership and charity work from you in the future. You earned it! ” Chairman Jao Mapa.
The film and entertainment industry are adjusting to the pandemic gradually.  In the midst of the current pandemic.  Last June 26, the 4th Asia Pacific Luminare Awards (APLA)  2021 were held successfully at Grand Ballroom at the fabulous Okada Manila, Parañaque City, Philippines. The Asia Pacific Luminare Awards is an organization that seeks the best of the best individuals and companies from all over Asia, including industry titans, entertainment and cultural artists, corporate heroes, and advocates for the planet and people. The awardees are chosen from a pool of nominees nominated by the awards council (peers from the same field, or, beneficiaries of their work). Each month, a particular field is featured, and nominations are due two (2) months before the awarding to provide the award council time to gather and confirm the information presented. The Kiwanis Charity Organization Mega Cavite is the APLA’s beneficiary.
The Asia Pacific Luminare Awards 2021 are led by well-known actor and Chairman Jao Mapa and Vice-Chairman, filmmaker and event producer Perry Escaño.
Mapa was one of the hottest young stars in the 90s. He progressed from being a commercial and fashion model to being a member of the Gwapings, a teen boy group.
Mapa earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a major in advertising from the University of  Santo Tomas. As a well-known and successful philanthropist and painter, In 2012, he had his first major solo exhibition at Grey Gallery in Antipolo, Rizal. He has appeared in over 50 films and television shows in the Philippines as a film and television actor.
Escaño is an  Actor and filmmaker . He was also involved in event, theater, and film production. He is the writer and director of “Ang Guro Kong ‘di Marunong Magbasa . Escaño is founder and owner of MPJ Entertainment Productions. 
Professor Angelito Buan, APLA’s Marketing Director, stated  There are many stars in the sky, some shine brighter than others.  But one thing is true, each one is a star regardless of the level of brightness or shine. Likewise, there are many people in our world who contribute to the wellness and welfare of our society.

Most of the time, it is only those who make the most contribution, those who shine brightest, that get to be recognized and celebrated.  In Asia Pacific Luminare Awards, we believe that there are people that contribute to the enrichment of lives of others and “it is their time to shine!”

This organization would like to honor and recognize them for their contribution and accomplishments. Professor Angelito Buan adds, “It is essential that we learn from their experiences and encourage them to continue in what they are doing and even support their growth so that they can be more and do more.”

Nora Aunor

Ms. Nora Aunor, the country’s one and only Superstar, was recognized into the Philippine Cinema Hall of Fame by Asia Pacific Luminare Awards . La Aunor’s award was accepted by her representative, Rico Gonzales, who delivered the following excerpt from La Aunor’s acceptance message:

“Magandang araw po sa inyong lahat.  Una po sa lahat, nagpapasalamat ako sa bumubuo ng Asia Pacific Luminare Awards para sa karangalan ng ibinibigay ninyo sa akin.

“Maraming salamat na sa tinagal-tagal ng panahon, patuloy ninyong naaalala ang aking naging ambag sa industriya na aking kinabibilangan. 

“Isang karangalan po para sa akin na tanggapin ang inyong ibinibigay na parangal bilang Hall of Famer of Philippine Cinema.

“Hindi naman po sa pagbubuhat ng sariling bangko, may ilan na rin po akong ganitong klaseng parangal na natanggap mula sa iba’t ibang award-giving bodies.  Pero nagugulat pa rin po ako, natutuwa, at minsan ay napapatanong din kung ako nga ba ay karapat-dapat sa mga binibigay sa aking parangal.

“Kapag dumarating sa akin ang mag pagtatanong na ganyan, ang iniisip ko po, ay siguro nga, mayroon akong nagawang mabuti at makabuluhan para patuloy ninyo akong bigyan ng mga ganitong uri ng parangal. 

 “At buong puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa inyong ginagawang pagkilala.  Ngunit higit sa lahat, higit sa mga parangal, ang patuloy na pagtangkilik at pagpapahalaga ng mga manonood noon, at maging ang bagong henerasyon sa ngayon, ng mga nagawa ko nang pelikula, ay ang tunay na award na binigay ninyo sa akin bilang isang artista.

 “Sana po, sa inyong panonood ng aking mga pelikula, may makuha po kayong leksiyon, inspirasyon, o kahit munting aliw man lang.

 “May mga pelikula po akong nagawa na ipapalabas pa lamang, tulad ng ‘Kontrabida’ sa direksiyon ni Direk Adolf Alix Jr. under Godfather Productions at iba pa na aking gagawin.  Sana po ay tangkilikin ninyo ito.

 “Muli po, ang aking buong pusong pasasalamat sa bumubuo ng Asia Pacific Luminare Awards.  Salamat sa pagmamahal.  Mahal ko po kayo.

‘’Ito po ang inyong lingkod, Nora Aunor, Artista para sa Bayan.’’

Andi Abaya and Joaquin Domagoso

Two of the much-anticipated teen stars Joaquin Domagoso and Andi Abaya are present at the event. The main protagonists in Perry Escano’s film Caught in the Act .  The “Most Promising Teen Actor/Actress of the Year” was awarded to Joaquin and Andi.  The cast members take part in the event are Jhassy Cruz Busran, Ej Panganiban, Bamboo B., who was named “Most Promising New Male Teen Artist of the Year,” and Toni Co (Producer) — Business Leader and Producer Award

(Left to right) Bamboo B., Jhassy Cnuz Busran, Toni Co and Ej Panganiban

Wendell Ramos

Nico Nicolas

Wendell Ramos, who plays Jaime Claveria in the GMA Network series Primadonnas, was named the year’s “Most Empowered Actor”. While Kapamilya host Dj Jhaiho was named “Outstanding TV Talk Show Host of the Year”, Jhaiho is best known as the on-air personality of Manila’s MOR 101.9 radio station.  The “Favorite Morning Show Female Host of the Year” was presented  to Dianne Medina-Ilustre, a  TV Actress, TV Host, Events Host, and News Anchor at PTV 4.  Nico Nicolas an Asterisk artist, has been awarded the “New Male Inspiring Actor of the Year” and Chris Cahilig as the “Most Inspiring Independent Producer Award”

 (Left – Right) Diane Medina -Ilustre and DJ Jaiho


Below are this year’s awardees from the field of entertainment.

1. MS. NORA AUNOR — Hall of Famer of Philippine Cinema

2. CATRIONA GRAY — Most Inspiring and Influential Beauty Queen of the Year

3. BOY ABUNDA — Favorite and Accomplished TV Host of the Millennium

4. ROBIN PADILLA – Philippines’ Most Inspiring Showbiz Icon of the Year

5. KIM CHIU — Favorite and Versatile Actress of the Year

6. SNOOKY SERNA — Philippines’ Favorite Actress of All Time

7. LUIS MANZANO — Favorite Male TV Host of the Year

8. XIAN LIM — Most Dedicated and Competent Actor of the Year

9. WENDELL RAMOS — Most Empowered Actor of the Year

10. ANGELINE QUINTO — Favorite Female Singer of the Year

11. JAKE CUENCA — Most Precise and Focused Actor of the Year

12. ROCCO NACINO — Most Inspiring and Stand Out Actor of the Year

13. EJAY FALCON — Favorite and Dedicated Actor of the Year

14. JESSY MENDIOLA — Most Admired Filipina Actress of the Year

15. BEA BINENE — Favorite Female TV Host of the Year

16. ANDI ABAYA – Most Promising Teen Actress of the Year

17. JOAQUIN DOMAGOSO- Most Promising Teen Actor of the Year

18. ILLAC DIAZ — Philippines’ Most Inspiring Philanthropist Icon of the Year

19. JOSEPH MARCO — Favorite and Versatile Actor if the Year

20. KEN CHAN — Favorite and Inspiring Love Team of the Year (w/ Rita Daniela)

21. RITA DANIELA — Favorite and Inspiring Love Team of the Year (w/ Ken Chan)

22. JANE DE LEON — Most Empowered Entertainment Personality of the Year

23. KAREL MARQUEZ — Most Dedicated and Competent Actress of the Year

24. ARTHUR SOLINAP — Most Inspiring and Dedicated Actor of the Year

25. DIANNE MEDINA — Favorite Morning Show Female Host of the Year

26. DJ JHAIHO — Outstanding TV Talk Show Host of the Year

27. KELVIN MIRANDA — Fast Rising Young Celebrity of the Year

28. DR. MANNY CALAYAN – Man of the Year Award

29. BABY GO (Producer) — Most Outstanding Producer Award

30. BERNADETTE SEMBRANO — Favorite Newscaster of the Year Award

31. LHAR SANTIAGO — Favorite Showbiz Broadcast Journalist of the Millennium

32. NOEL FERRER — Outstanding and Influential Multi-Media Personality

33. CHRIS CAHILIG — Most Inspiring Independent Producer Award

34. IDA TIONGSON (Producer) — Empowered Woman Award

35. NICO NICOLAS — New Male Inspiring Actor of the Year

36. MATT LOZANO — Breakthrough Artist of the Year

37. BAMBOO B. — Most Promising New Male Teen Artist of the Year

39. TONI CO (Producer) — Business Leader and Producer Award

40. TONZ ARE — Man if the Year – Indie Actor

41. TYRONE JAMES ESCALANTE – Talent Manager Award

42. Dante Balboa  Philippine Tourism Hero of the decade Award


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