Box Office Entertainment Awards
The Box Office Entertainment Awards, sometimes known as the GMMSF Box Office Entertainment Awards is an annual award ceremony held in Metro Manila and organized by Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation. The award-giving body honors stars and performers simply for their popularity and commercial success in the Philippine entertainment industry, regardless of their excellence in their particular fields.
|Box Office Entertainment Awards|
|2019 Box Office Entertainment Awards|
|Awarded for||Excellence in commercial success|
|Presented by||Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation|
During the first months of each year, mostly during March or April, the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation board of jurors will deliberate for the year's winners, which will be chosen from the Top 10 Philippine films of the past year, top-rating shows in Philippine television, top recording awards received by singers, and top gross receipts of concerts and performances. The list will then be released prior to the awards night, which is held during April or May.
Ferdie Syquia Villar, the person who launched the "Miss Republic of the Philippines" contest, came up with the "Box Office King and Queen Awards" in 1960s, and formally launched his idea in 1970. By the late '70s, after then President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law in 1972, he turned the responsibility over to Corazon Samaniego before leaving for abroad.
Corazon Samaniego, a former businesswoman in Bulacan, continued the presentation and officially inaugurated the "Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc." in 1971. The organization is named after a former Bulacan town mayor and philanthropist and her late father, Guillermo Mendoza. It became an annual event, recognizing the most popular people and their works in the Philippine entertainment industry. At the end of the day, the proceeds from the television rights and gate receipts are used to send underprivileged Bulacan students to school.
Vilma Santos has the most box office queen titles in history with 10.
Sarah Geronimo has been named thrice as Recording Queen, Concert Queen and Box Office Queen in one awards night in 2009, 2010 and 2014.
- 1960s: The first "Box Office King and Queen" was introduced by Ferdie Syquia Villar. The late Fernando "Ronnie"., Poe, Jr. and Boots Anson-Roa were actually the first recipients of the "Box Office King and Queen of Philippine Movies" title in 1968. Subsequently, Ronnie became a regular recipient of the award as if to certify that he is the "King of Philippine Movies" or "Da King"
- 1971: The award-giving body was officially established in the year 1971 after the turn-over. Nora Aunor won the "Box Office Queen" award for the Guillermo Mendoza Foundation.
- 2006: The former "Box Office King and Queen Awards" was renamed to "Box Office Entertainment Awards". Together with the name change, some categories were also altered. For example, the former "Mr. and Miss RP Movies" and "Prince and Princess of RP Movies" titles became "Film Actor and Actress of the Year" and "Prince and Princess of Philippine Movies" respectively.
- 2007 For the first time, there were two recipients for the "Box Office Queen". Kris Aquino and Claudine Barretto received the award for their film Sukob under Star Cinema.
- 2009: This was the 39th year of the annual event; however, the organization believes that 39 is an unlucky number. Thus they skipped 39 and consider this event the 40th instead.
- 2012: The award-giving body officially introduced a new award called "Phenomenal Box Office Star", which is given to the actor(s) whose film attains the highest-grossing film of all time in the Philippines. It was given to Vice Ganda for his fim The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin, which received PHP 332M.
|Ceremonies||Year||Awards Night Venue||Date||Ref.|
|1st Box Office Entertainment Awards||1971|
|2nd Box Office Entertainment Awards||1972|
|3rd Box Office Entertainment Awards||1973|
|4th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1974|
|5th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1975|
|6th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1976|
|7th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1977|
|8th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1978|
|9th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1979|
|10th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1980|
|11th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1981|
|12th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1982|
|13th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1983|
|14th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1984|
|15th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1985|
|16th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1986|
|17th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1987|
|18th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1988|
|19th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1989||Celebrity Sports Plaza Grand Ballroom||April 14|||
|20th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1990|
|21st Box Office Entertainment Awards||1991|
|22nd Box Office Entertainment Awards||1992|
|23rd Box Office Entertainment Awards||1993|
|24th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1994|
|25th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1995|
|26th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1996|
|27th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1997|
|28th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1998|
|29th Box Office Entertainment Awards||1999|
|30th Box Office Entertainment Awards||2000|
|31st Box Office Entertainment Awards||2001||UP Theater||April 4|||
|32nd Box Office Entertainment Awards||2002||UP Theater||April 10|||
|33rd Box Office Entertainment Awards||2003||Henry Lee Erwin Theater, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City||April 10|||
|34th Box Office Entertainment Awards||2004||Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City||March 21|||
|35th Box Office Entertainment Awards||2005||Meralco Theater, Pasig City||April 13|||
|36th Box Office Entertainment Awards||2006||RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Makati City||March 19|||
|37th Box Office Entertainment Awards||2007||Carlos Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Makati City||April 25|||
|38th Box Office Entertainment Awards||2008||RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Makati City||May 13|||
|40th Box Office Entertainment Awards1||2009||Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Makati City||June 21|||
|41st Box Office Entertainment Awards||2010||Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Makati City||June 10|||
|42nd Box Office Entertainment Awards||2011||RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Makati City,||May 10|||
|43rd Box Office Entertainment Awards||2012||RCBC Plaza, Makati City||April 29|||
|44th Box Office Entertainment Awards||2013||AFP Theatre, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City||May 19|||
|45th Box Office Entertainment Awards||2014||Solaire Resort & Casino, Parañaque City||May 18|||
|46th Box Office Entertainment Awards||2015||Solaire Resort & Casino, Parañaque City||June 14|||
|47th Box Office Entertainment Awards||2016||Kia Theatre, Araneta Center, Quezon City||April 17|||
|48th Box Office Entertainment Awards||2017||Henry Lee Irwin Theater in Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City||May 14|||
|49th Box Office Entertainment Awards||2018||Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Pasay City||May 20|
|50th Box Office Entertainment Awards||2019||Star Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City||March 24|
|51st Box Office Entertainment Awards||2020||Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Pasay City||March 15|
1The yearly event is supposed to be the 39th year, but they believe that it is an unlucky number. Thus they skipped the 39th and consider this event the 40th instead.
- Prince of Philippine Television
- Princess of Philippine Television
- Most Promising Male Star of the Year
- Most Promising Female Star of the Year
- Most Popular Loveteam in Television
- Most Popular Loveteam in Movies
- Most Promising Loveteam
- Most Popular Child Performer
- Most Popular Male Child Performer
- Most Popular Female Child Performer
- Most Popular TV Program News & Public Affairs
- Most Popular TV Program Drama Series
- Most Popular TV Program Musical Variety
- Most Popular TV Program Talent Search/Reality
- Male Recording Artist of the Year
- Female Recording Artist of the Year
- Male Concert Performer of the Year
- Female Concert Performer of the Year
- Most Promising Male Singer/Performer
- Most Promising Female Singer/Performer
- Most Popular Recording/Performing Group
- Most Popular Male Novelty Singer
- Most Popular Female Novelty Singer
- Valentine Box Office King
- Valentine Box Office Queen
- Teenage King of Philippine Movies
- Teenage Queen of Philippine Movies
- Phenomenal Box Office Child Star
- Phenomenal Box Office Tandem
- Bert Marcelo Lifetime Achievement Award
- Breakthrough Box Office Indie Film
- All-Time Highest Grossing Horror Film
- Stuntman of the Year
- Female Stunt of the Year
- All-Time Favorite Actor
- All-Time Favorite Actress
The following are the controversies of the award ceremonies:
- 2003: Many questioned Aga Muhlach's win as the "Box Office King" after the official list of winners were released. In particular, the fans of the late Rico Yan contested, saying that his last film Got 2 Believe was the highest-grossing film of the year. Although they were not personally against Muhlach, they believed that the award-giving body should give an explanation.
- 2006: Questions from the readers arose after the organization chose Kristine Hermosa for the "Box Office Queen" title. They argued that there were more deserving actresses to receive the title over Hermosa, who only had one film that year. Furthermore, they believed that her one and only film, Enteng Kabisote 2: Okay Ka Fairy Ko: The Legend Continues, was actually successful because of her leading man, Vic Sotto, who was the "Box Office King" of 2005. Thus, most, if not all, the credit goes to Sotto, not hers.
- 2008: There was speculation that Judy Ann Santos would not win any of the awards from the award-giving body anymore. Although her 2006 films Don't Give Up on Us and Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo, and the latter's sequel Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo in 2007 were all box office hits, top-grossing films in fact, she did not win any of the awards. Furthermore, not even Ryan Agoncillo, her leading man and real life partner, nor the director of the two films Joey Reyes won an award. They believed that it all started during the awards night of the 30th award ceremony in 2000 wherein "Box Office King and Queen" winners Fernando Poe Jr. and Judy Ann Santos of Isusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko were not able to attend. Santos had a taping at that time, while FPJ does not want to be crowned without his queen. The next year, and until now, they were not able to receive any of the awards anymore, not even nominees nor special mentions despite them having box office films. They believe that the award-giving body disqualified Santos as they took her (and FPJ's) absence personally.
- 2011: There were reports that Bea Alonzo was a snob to Gerald Anderson during the awards night as he was linked to her before. Alonzo denied the issue, however, explaining that her seat is far from him. Since she was already a latecomer, she does not want to make a scene by going there just to get his attention.
- It was also believed that there was a leakage of the winners list, saying that the "Box Office Queen" title would be given to Toni Gonzaga for her film My Amnesia Girl. However, many even speculated that Ai-Ai delas Alas would receive the title for her box office movie Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na 'To!). In the end, the latter received the award.
- 2013: There were rumors that the organization was disappointed with John Lloyd Cruz for not attending the awards night. Cruz, as the report says, promised to attend the event to receive the "Box Office King" award personally. However, he was not seen throughout the event, saying that he was sick. In contrast, the speculations point out that Cruz attended another event, instead.
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