President Benigno Aquino III led in the presentation of Peopleasia’s Lifetime Achievement Award to National Book Store founder 90-year-old Socorro ‘Nanay Coring’ Ramos at a star-studded awards ceremony at Raffles and Fairmont Makati Tuesday. Vice President Jejomar Binay, the diplomatic corps and the movers and shakers of business, show business and civil society also graced the momentous occasion, where awards were also given to 14 “People of the Year.”
Since 2004, the “People of the Year” has been recognizing outstanding individuals in business, entertainment and advocacies, among others.
Among this year’s “People of the Year” are Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Superstar Nora Aunor, Rizal Banking Commercial Corp. Chair Helen Yuchengco Dee, five-time PBA “Coach of the Year” Chot Reyes, critically acclaimed film director Brillante Mendoza, “Prince of Indie” Coco Martin, Shell Philippines country chair and MAP Management Man of the Year Edgar Chua, ABS-CBN channel head Cory Vidanes, Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla, Pop Diva Kuh Ledesma, fashion designer Criselda Lontok, pioneering prosthodontist Dr. Steve Mark Gan, education advocate Fr. Gerard Deveza and Australian hotelier Thomas Meyer of Raffles and Fairmont Hotels. Special awards were also given this year to 23-year-old Alexandra Eduque, whose charitable works through Habitat for Humanity has been recognized internationally; and the MVP Group of Companies for their extensive relief efforts for the disaster-ravaged provinces in the Philippines. The latter was represented by lawyer Mike Toledo, MVP Group’s media bureau chief and Philex Mining SVP for corporate affairs.
All awardees were featured in PeopleAsia’s 14th anniversary issue, released last December.
“People of the Year 2014” also honored the resident ambassadors of the countries that donated to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda. The magazine, together with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, presented plaques of appreciation to more than 25 ambassadors and their representatives.
The “People of the Year 2014” awards night was hosted by media personalities Marc Nelson and Bianca Valerio. Awardee Criselda Lontok also revealed her exclusive, all-new collection, created especially for the awards night, while Pop Diva Kuh Ledesma enthralled the audience with two song numbers.
“People of the Year 2014” was sponsored by Raffles and Fairmont Makati, RCBC, Thai Airways, Rustan’s, G.A.O.C, Nars, Laura Mercier, L’Occitane, Starworld, Coca-Cola, Aboitiz, ICTSI, Cream Factory, House of Obagi, L’Oreal, Philex Mining and The Philippine STAR.