Thirteen outstanding individuals were awarded the People of the Year recognition.
Apl.de.ap – Black Eyed Peas member, education advocate
Ben Chan – Proprietor of the Filipino Global Brand ‘Bench’
Angel Locsin – Award-winning actress and children advocate
Anne Curtis – Award-winning actress and children advocate
Eddie Garcia – Veteran actor/director and Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Actor winner
Karen Davila – Award-winning broadcast journalist
F. Sionil Jose – National artist
Margarita Flores – Renowned Restaurateur
Josephine Gotianun-Yap – Filinvest Land CEO
Norman Black – Champion Basketball Coach
Prateek Kumar – General Manager of Dusit Thani Hotel
Francis Tolentino – MMDA Chairman
E.R. Ejercito – Laguna Governor and Actor/Director
Randy Ortiz – Renowned Fashion Designer
Andrew Tan – Real Estate Magnate
Juan Miguel Zubiri – Former Senator and Eco-warrior
PEOPLE CHOICE AWARD:
Chris “Kesz” – International Peace Prize-winning child advocate
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile – Senate President
The awarding ceremony was hosted by philantrophist and Philippine STAR columnist Johnny Litton and model and best-selling author Bianca Valerio.
Last year’s winners include boxing champ Manny Pacquiao (“Man of the Decade”), Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner up Shamcey Supsup, SM’s Henry Sy, Jr., Kapuso broadcast journalist Mel Tiangco and Miss World 2011 first runner up Gwendolyn Ruais.
Note that two pageant placers–Shamcey and Gwendolyn–made it in the 2011 list, how come Miss Universe 2012 1st runner up Janine Tugonon was not included in 2012?