Thursday, June 30, 2011

Yahoo! Philippines recognized Filipino celebrities in the 1st Yahoo! OMG Awards

Yahoo!, the premiere digital media company launched its 1st Yahoo OMG! Awards – the first of its kind purple carpet event that recognized the most-searched celebrities leading the entertainment scene in the Philippines. The Awards combined Yahoo! Search and rich news content from Yahoo!’s celebrity and entertainment news site, OMG! to recognize the top trending web celebs, those who have propelled to stardom in cyberspace and used the power of the Internet to reach their fans.

The elegant awarding ceremony was held at Republique bar at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on June 21, 2011. It comprised of 18 categories and 72 nominees. The winners were selected through popular search queries and polling methods online.

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The OMG! Celebrity of the Year and the OMG! Major Impact awards were determined through the most-searched people on the net, while the winners for the rest of the categories were determined through popular polls.

Hosted by JM Rodriguez and Andi Manzano, Yahoo OMG! Awards featured acts by top local performers including Someday Dream, Johnhoy Danao and Up Dharma Down, and appearances by popular Filipino celebrities. Noted fashion designers Joey Samson, Jun Escario and Kate Torralba presentd a purple themed fashion show while “Cosplay Queen” Alodia Gosengfiao live blogged at the event. An after hour party was hosted by DJ Chris Myk.

Erwin Lemuel Oliva, Country Editor, Philippines, stated, “To determine the winners in each category, our editors did a thorough trend analysis by assessing the percentage increase in the online searches to identify the most-searched Filipino celebrities. From this short-list, readers were then asked to vote for their favorite.” 

Yahoo! OMG Awards was presented by Wi-Tribe and sponsored by Ponds, Sunsilk and Clear. The celebrity icons were escorted in luxury cars provided by Jaguar and Land Rover while Pernod Ricard, producer and distributor of premium wines and spirits was the official beverage sponsor.

“OMG! Awards is a direct response to the increasing popularity of Yahoo!’s entertainment site which was launched in March this year and has quickly grown to become the number one property in the Philippines. It consists of the latest news on the local and global entertainment scene receives 682,000 unique visitors per month,” shares Oliva.

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List of Yahoo! OMG Winners and Nominees 
(by Categories):

Hottest actor: Piolo Pascual - WINNER
Diether Ocampo
Aljur Abrenica
Jericho Rosales

Hottest Actress: Jennylyn Mercado - WINNER
Marian Rivera
Angel Locsin
Anne Curtis

Funniest Comedian: Vice Ganda - WINNER
Vic Sotto
Vhong Navarro
Michael V

Funniest Comedienne: Eugene Domingo - WINNER
Ai Ai delas Alas
Tuesday Vargas

Breakthrough artist (male): Coco Martin - WINNER
JM De Guzman
Enchong Dee
Derek Ramsay

Breakthrough artist (female): Cristine Reyes - WINNER
Solenn Heussaff
Bela Padilla
Andi Eigenmann

Awesome young actor: Albie Casino - WINNER
Sam Concepcion
Enrique Gil
Robi Domingo

Awesome young actress: Kathryn Bernardo - WINNER
Julia Montes
Barbie Forteza
Bea Binene

Favorite TV host (male): Luis Manzano - WINNER
Willie Revillame
Vice Ganda
Vic Sotto
Mo Twister

Favorite TV host (female): Toni Gonzaga - WINNER
Alodia Gosiengfiao
Shalani Soledad
Pia Guanio
Amazing newcomer (male): Alden Richards - WINNER
Mikael Daez
Diego Loyzaga
Renz Fernandez

Amazing newcomer (female): Ritz Azul - WINNER
Louise delos Reyes
Coleen Garcia
Jasmine Curtis

Coolest singer (male): Christian Bautista - WINNER
Jovit Baldivino
Kean Cipriano
Rico Blanco

Coolest singer (female): Charice Pempengco - WINNER
Regine Velasquez
Sarah Geronimo

Coolest band: Parokya ni Edgar  - WINNER 
General Luna
Up Dharma Down

Designer of the Year: Joey Samson  - WINNER
Jun Escario
Rosanna Ocampo
Kate Torralba
Rajo Laurel

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