UP, Diliman, Quezon City, February 23, 2002 (STAR) by Butch Francisco - Preparations are underway for the awards presentation of the 32nd annual Box-Office King and Queen of Philippine Movies. To be produced by Tessie Celestino Howard’s Airtime Marketing, Inc., the awards night will be held on April 10 at the UP Theater.

The Box-Office King and Queen is a project of the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (GMMSF), an organization that continuously gives scholarship grants to indigent students mostly in the Bulacan area. Heading the GMMSF is Corazon Samaniego, the daughter of the late Guillermo Mendoza, a former town mayor and philanthropist in Bulacan.

It was actually Ferdie Villar who launched the Box-Office King and Queen in 1970. His other baby then was the Miss Republic of the Philippines contest which chose the country’s delegates to the Miss World congress in London. Villar, however, eventually left for abroad in the late ’70s and the task of selecting the Philippine representative to Miss World was given to the Mutya ng Pilipinas group. The rights to the Box-Office King and Queen awards presentation, meanwhile, went to the heirs of Guillermo Mendoza who since then have continued the tradition of honoring the most popular actors and actresses in the fields of movies and television.

Last year, the Box-Office King and Queen winners were Robin Padilla and Vilma Santos, Mr. RP Movies was Piolo Pascual, while Joyce Jimenez was voted Ms. RP Movies. Chosen Prince and Princess of RP Movies were Jericho Rosales and Jolina Magdangal.

Below is the complete list of winners in this year’s Box-Office King and Queen awards presentation:

• Box-Office King – Robin Padilla

• Box-Office Queen – Regine Velasquez

• Mr. RP Movies – Ricky Davao

• Ms. RP Movies – Assunta de Rossi

• Prince of RP Movies – Carlo Aquino

• Princess of RP Movies – Alessandra de Rossi

• All-Time Favorite Actor – Armando Goyena

• All-Time Favorite Actress – Armida Siguion Reyna

• Most Popular Child Actor – Jiro Manio

• Most Popular Actress – Serena Dalrymple

• Most Popular Love Team – Kristine Hermosa/Jericho Rosales

• Most Popular Male Singer/Entertainer – Martin Nievera

• Most Popular Female Singer/Entertainer – Aiza Seguerra

• Most Popular Singing Group – Freestyle

• Most Promising Group – The Hunks

• Most Popular Dance Group – Sex Bomb Dancers

• Most Promising Male Star – Carlo "Billy" Muñoz

• Most Promising Female Star – Jodi Sta. Maria

• Most Promising Male Singer – Gabby Eigenmann

• Most Promising Female Singer – Kyla

• Most Popular Screenwriters – Marilou Diaz Abaya/ Ricardo Lee/Jun Lana

• Most Popular Producer – Star Cinema

• Most Popular Movie Director – Joyce Bernal

• Most Popular Television Program – Pangako sa ’yo

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