MEN ARE WARRIORS. THEY PROTECT AND SERVE THE LAND. THEY DO UNBELIEVABLE THINGS JUST TO PROMOTE GOODNESS, JUSTICE AND STABILITY.
THEY SECURE THE FUTURE, EDUCATE THE YOUNG, ENTERTAIN THE WEARY AND INSPIRE A LOT MORE OTHER MEN LIKE THEM TO BECOME LIKE THEM, AND TRANSFORM THEMSELVES INTO BECOMING WHO THEY REALLY ARE.
THEY ARE, WHAT SSSIP’S AWE BLOG CALLS, AS “THE MEN OF SUBSTANCE”.
THEY ARE ALSO THE MEN WHO MATTERED MOST IN PHILIPPINE SHOWBIZ.
YES, IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, PEOPLE MAY THINK THAT THE JOB IS EASY. OR SOME MAY CONCLUDE THAT “WARRIOR-ANGELS”-THE LIVING ONES AT THAT- DON’T EXIST THERE.
BUT LET’S ALL KEEP OUR HEADS UP HIGH AND PERSEVERE WITH OUR FAITHS. THERE ARE STILL MEN OUT THERE, ESPECIALLY IN THE WORLD OF SHOWBIZ, WHO CARES.
IN THE YEAR 2013, THEY ALL DID THEIR BEST. THEY ALL SHONE BRIGHTER. AND THEY ALL WORKED HARDER TO SERVE AND ENLIGHTEN A “CALAMITY-INFLICTED” NATION.
AND AS THE YEAR ENDS, LET’S TAKE A FAST GLIMPSE ON WHO THEY ARE. SMILE AND CLAP OUR HANDS… AND LOVE THEM ALL THE MORE!
HERE ARE SSIP’S AWE BLOG’S “MEN OF SUBSTANCE 2013”!
(note: they are the personal choices of SSSIP’S AWE blog and not to be contested by anyone, okay?)
1.) VINCE TANADA– In the form of great theater productions and stage performances, Atty. Vince Tanada managed to capture the hearts of many Highschool, Elementary and even College students in various Colleges and Universities who watched their two stage plays this year- “Pedro Calungsod: D Muuuzzziiikkkaaalll” and “Bonifacio: Isang Sarsuwela”. With almost 500 stage performances within the year, Vince proved that he could still educate the young through theatrical performances, and at the same time, entertain them. This is, indeed, a mammoth-like TASK. And that made Vince number one on our list!
2.) ROCCO NACINO– Being able to portray two great characters onscreen this year made actor Rocco Nacino land on the number two spot of this list on Men of Substance. He proved his sincerity, he proved his loving care, and he proved to be the one and only person on our “number two” list. His sensitivity as an actor was truly felt on an earlier film- “Burgos”, as he portrayed the role of activist Jonas Burgos who became a desaparecido. Then came the most-coveted role of Saint Pedro Calungsod in the film Pedro Calungsod: Ang Batang Martir. And this time around, he managed to be the “perfect role-model” to every young Catholic believer. Surely, Rocco’s image as an actor will all the more be valued. Such a substantial young man!
3.) ATOM ARAULLO– Every young man who dreams of becoming a broadcaster someday will always remember the name “Atom Araullo”. They will all dream to be like him someday, look-up to his name, and admire his courage, ferocity and determination to present a news coverage that’s so dangerous and life-threatening. In the center of the storm Yolanda, Atom was there. And he delivered.
4.) BOY ABUNDA– This man is really a GIANT in terms of substance. He personally delivered the relief goods to the Yolanda victims, updated the latest showbiz and calamity events, and managed to mix socially-relevant news with gossip news.
5.) GOVERNOR E.R. EJERCITO– He continues the legacy left by his godfather (the late Fernando Poe, Jr.) and father (the late character actor George Estregan) in helping the workers of the movie industry. He sees to it that he continues making films every year, just to help the movie workers and fellow actors. Even though he’s now in the world of Politics, Gob E.R.’s heart stays with the movie folks.
6.) PIOLO PASCUAL– Still the front-runner among our movie actors as an advocate to the poor and to the calamity victims. This kind of image enhanced more of his being an actor. And as the years passed, his depth as an individual and charisma as an artist was truly felt.
7.) JOHN LLOYD CRUZ– The Valentino. The Lover. The Controversial Man… but all with a SUBSTANCE. That’s John Lloyd for us, and always will he be. Forever.
8.) DEREK RAMSAY– He is the athletic man that women likes to love, but soon learns to HATE? And we just don’t know why.
9.) MANNY PACQUIAO– Winning another international boxing title surely got him there.
10.) MON CONFIADO– In the world of independent film making, Mon managed to deliver an overwhelming task. He became its soul, and majority of indie film artists loved and embraced him. He was their HOPE.
11.) MARYO J. DELOS REYES– His ‘inborn’ goodness as a man, his soft heart, willingness to help fellow artists and showbiz workers, his gentleness, his artistry, his great management decisions- all made him land on the 11th spot of this list!
12.) VIC SOTTO- This great celebrity guy also loves to help people- and you could really feel his utmost sincerity. He is straight, frank, direct-to-the-point. No dilly-dally kind of guy. A man of few words, but a man of action. And for almost three decades, he made us all laugh and be happy. What a man!
13.) ELWOOD PEREZ– He managed to make a great film comeback as a movie director via the film Otso, and this made him land on this list. What’s so magical and substantial about this man is the fact that his “hands” as a film artist were never tarnished. All the more it could create great works of film arts.
14.) GERALD SANTOS– In the world of singing, only one young man totally impressed SSSIP’s AWE blog. And it’s Mr. Gerald Santos. For the whole year of 2013, Mr. Santos entertained thousands and thousands of fans with his full-packed mall shows and provincial appearances. His elegance and magnifying presence as a male singer-performer was truly an “everlasting gift”.
15.) DENNIS TRILLO/TOM RODRIGUEZ– This two straight male actors fascinated everyone this year when they portrayed the role of gay lovers in their teleserye “My Husband’ Lover” and they both became phenomenal, along with the show. What a hard task they both delivered, with no regrets.