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I've re-posted a copy of the Inquirer Article where Nestor Torre criticized the selection process in this year's Aliw Awards Selection. Maybe it will shed light on how the judges picked Lani instead of Regine (as Entertainer of the Year). Take note that Torre divulged that various people (including himself) were asked to help out by submitting their list of the "finalists."
Aliw Awards' selection
process needs reassessment
Posted: 5:41 PM (Manila Time) | Jun. 14, 2002
Inquirer News Service
THE ALIW Awards for live performance will be presented this year on Aug. 7 at the Philippine Plaza Hotel. It's good that our live performers' best efforts and achievements are being recognized and rewarded.
Winners will be cited in these categories: performance in music lounges, bars, clubs and restaurants; major concert; concert act, musical; director, choral group, dance group, emcee, stand-up comedy act, most promising performer, new artist, instrumentalist, stage director, non-musical; production, musical theater production, stage actor, stage actress, and entertainer of the year.
It's good that our live performers' best efforts and achievements are being recognized and rewarded. But the Aliw Awards' way of coming up with its finalists and winners needs to be reassessed.
When the awards were revived a couple of years ago, we were asked to help out in certain categories by coming up with a suggested list of finalists. We submitted the list, as requested, but told the person who sought our assistance that this wasn't the best way to determine the finalists and winners.
The best way was to assign separate boards of judges for theater and live pop entertainment before the start of the year being evaluated, and the jurors would then spend the whole year actually watching performances themselves, instead of relying on other people's lists of finalists.
This way of doing things would be more comprehensive and reliable, and less open to subjective inputs from other people. It's a lot of work for the judges, true, but their verdicts would be more solid as a result of all that hard work.
This way of doing things would be similar to the CAT Awards decades ago. Those television awards required judges to view all TV shows throughout the year, and to meet monthly to compare notes, cite exceptional work, etc. That way, the judges evaluated not just one special tape from a given show, but that show's entire annual output. Thus, their decisions were more astute- and were applauded by the entire TV community.
If the Aliw Award jurors can't devote as much time, the next best thing would be for them to ask for tapes of shows that want to compete for the awards. This is the way that the KBP awards for radio and TV are arrived at.
This is a compromise, but it's still better than relying on lists of finalists provided by resource persons, no matter how well-meaning they may be. The bottom line is: judges have to watch the shows they're supposed to be judging, so that they're genuinely entitled to their opinion.
If this is the way that the Aliw Awards are being conducted this year, fine. But it isn't, key adjustments have to be made to make the live-performance honors as judicious and reliable as they should be.
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Let me add that in today's Inquirer, another article on the Aliw Awards was posted. This time, it listed the names of the judges who are as follows:
This year's judges included George Canseco as board chair, presidential adviser on political affairs Joey Rufino, former Supreme Court Justice Isagani Cruz, MTV's Francis Lumen, composer Dero Pedero, Butch Albarracin, Cultural Center of the Philippines Chair Baltazar Endriga, and GMA 7's Rod Cornejo.
Initially, I was one of those who reacted "violently" to the weird turn of events this past week. To quote Regine: "GRABE NA 'TO!" I share the sentiments of the people on this board who felt that a grave injustice was done to Regine. She desrved to win. No question about that.
But after giving it a careful and thorough consideration, and after reading Nestor Torre's article, it all became clear. The Aliw Awards is flawed! It's not very credible because the selection process is open to "anomalies."
If any of the alleged "fixing or rigging" happened, it took place way BEFORE the Awards night. It's possible that some people used their influence to convince some sectors to provide a list of "finalists" which included the names of their "wards." It's possible that the judges relied on these "lists" because they weren't able to personally see the performances. The possibilities are endless......
Look at the list of judges. Are these the sort of people you can "buy?" A former Supreme Court Justice? Is Ronnie Henares THAT powerful? I leave that to your sound discretion.
If RH used his influence, he may have used it BEFORE the actual Awards Night. That's my theory.
And my conclusion? Since the ALIW AWARDS is clearly not credible, let's accept the facts and move on. Let Lani M. savor her not-so-credible award. Regine deserves to be honored by a CREDIBLE award-giving body. Let them enjoy this farce for a while. And let's stop bickering. Let us continue to support our WINNER, the best way we can.
Date Posted:09:02:39 08/15/02 Thu Author Host/IP: NoHost/18.104.22.168
>I posted this on RVML today. Just wanted to share my
>take on the matter. You may or may not agree. <=
I don't know if this is the right time to say this.
And I didn't read your post yet because i'm rushing again.
But I wanted to share this tidbit I was told.
I mentioned that one of the judges
was from the CCP. And that person and another judge did
sound familar for some reason I can't remember at this time.
But I do remember Lani's performance at the CCP.
Someone asked a showbiz wise person about the other names.
She's not sure but she did say with authority that the
producer of the show ( In this case Primeline. Maybe )
are the ones who pick the judges. And she doesn't want to
speculate on what happened at this year's Aliw awards. But
she did mention about when she was a judge at another one.
She said she knew all the judges personally but didn't talk
to them about anything to do with the show. But she realized
they were all selected and it did give a particular person
the advantage. It would have been more appropiate if more
than half of the judges didn't associate with the people
who picked them. You know where I'm getting?
Seems two of the judges know the artist personally and maybe
even professionally. Well, put yourself in their shoes. The
producer of the show hired your hall, associates with your
in several manners and you're going to vote against his
ware on stage? After all, she is pretty good too. Some would
decline being a judge if they had good character. But if we
are to talk about what does happen in society's reality
these days. For all we know they were asked to judge as a
favor. And we're giving no instructions but to vote with
their mind. But can you vote freely knowing the producer of
the show has times to you? And that's his ware on stage?!
I would find it tough to make a decision on the last award.
The Entertainer of the Year award. Especially when hints
are given out real low key and all. Sana if Lani wins that
one or just plainly making a choice between the top two who
seem equal in some ways I wouldn't be surprise to see anyone
pick the one artist that has the one edge the other doesn't.
Her handler/manager is the producer of the show
So to answer some fans questions about was that show fixed
and all. Based on all the information that good fans bought
to my attention I would have to say no. Nah, I don't see it.
And I find it hard that Primeline, Inc managers would risk
their reputation so clear and openly like that. I'm sure
they are telling everyone they were not part of the judging
But that doesn't mean there wasn't a few things amiss. Like
that writer said earlier in the newspaper.. the process for
selecting (the judges) and voting procedures and a few
other things.. As far as some people are concerned the
voting and the picking of the judges may have been unfair.
The producer shouldn't have done the show because he had
several of his own artists up for awards? Which they won.
I'm not sure about that. I wonder if the artists themselves
wonder if they even won fair and square. (if they don't care
about that then they have real character problems.)
The picking of the judges should not have been done by the
producers since any surprises would be questioned. And now
some people are wondering are the judges linked too close
and personal with the producer/and the artists to be able
to give a fair decision.
That's where the real issues are most probably. So I don't
believe the show was fixed. But because of bad procedures
and (possible) not so responsible selecting of judges for
a high profile award as such? Some people are going to say
you didn't need to have the show fixed anyways.
Music fans, if there was something I think would be useful
it would be the information about picking the Entertainer
of the Year award. And I like to see what was the information
those judges had to look at about the artist's accomplishments
for the time period the award is based for. I'm sure they
had a list stating what Lani did that year. The producer
easily could give that. But what was the information about
the Song Bird that they were given and used as the bases
for comparison! That's an interesting point to bring up.
Hey, how do ya know if all of the artist's accomplishments
were properly posted? eh? Was there a Viva representative
present to give it? Did one of Regine's sister-assistants
give anything? You know they had to base it on something.
This Aliw award is not a good issue to check into. And it
will take some time. So expect something to come back later
on. Some of the fans are saying move on. Well, move on
but don't forget. Unless you want another reply again next
year. But that time I expect some of you good music fans to
know important information so when the time comes to speak
up you will. At least make sure someone not related to the
producer and knows the artist personally doesn't do the
juding. I know allot of nuns at the Holy Family Academy
down here who wouldn't mind judging and letting God make
god decisons for them. lol..
Issue is still developing but the main points are pretty
much answered. No, we do not think the Aliw Awards was
fixed. The producers should be cited for putting themselves
in a postion to make people think it was. And it was also
irresponsible to run such a high profile award show and
having an hand in the judge selections knowing you had
several music artists up for awards. In my hard opinion
you may have done them an injustice and may have made their