Thursday, March 6, 2008
KUH, MARTIN, JASMINE, BILLY, with BRIAN MCKNIGHT, DAVID BATISTA AND ERIC QUIZON HEADLINES INAUGURAL "VISIONARY AWARDS' on March 7th
KUH, MARTIN, JASMINE, BILLY HEADLINE INAUGURAL FIL-AM "VISIONARY AWARDS" AT KODAK THEATRE.
BRIAN MCKNIGHT, DAVID BATISTA AND ERIC QUIZON ADDED TO STAR-POWERED MIX OF PRESENTERS AND INVITED GUESTS AT THE KODAK THEATRE TO CELEBRATE INAUGURAL “VISIONARY AWARDS”
Hollywood, California (March 6, 2008 – Updated from February 29, 2008) - From the red carpet to the stage, Filipino and Filipino-American entertainers and celebrities will come together for the Inaugural “Filipino-American Visionary Awards” at the world famous Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on March 7, 2008. And with just added presenters like David Batista (WWE 3-Time World Champion), Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Brian McKnight and acclaimed Philippine movie actor Eric Quizon, the evening’s show just got grander.
The impressive lineup of awardees includes film and TV actress/singer Nia Peeples (“Fame”, “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “North Shore”) actor/martial arts expert Mark Dacascos (“The Crow”, “Brotherhood of the Wolf”, TV’s “Iron Chef America”), legendary Philippine actor-comedian Dolphy, Dante Basco (“The Debut”), cinema action star and Philippine Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., Grammy® award winning Black Eyed Peas founding member Apl.de.ap, Philippine television variety show hosts Tito, Vic & Joey, Philippine film and TV actor Richard Gutierrez and action film star Rudy Fernandez, “King of Filipino rap music” Francis Magalona, award-winning news anchor Mike Enriquez, as well as world champion surfer Sunny Garcia and star cager and former Senator Robert Jaworski (Philippine Basketball Association Hall of Fame).
Two of the Philippines well established networks will also be recognized. The ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation will receive the “Global Media Pioneer Award” while the GMA Network will be given recognition with the “Award of Excellence in Television Programming.”
The show boasts of a powerhouse entertainment line-up including Philippine “Concert King” and “Visionary Entertainer of the Year” Martin Nievera, the enduring Philippine star Ms. Kuh Ledesma, “Visionary Rising Star” awardee Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (of the hit TV show “Hannah Montana” and soon to be released feature film “Camp Rock”), Jessa Zaragosa (the Philippines’ “Phenomenal Diva”), the cast of the hot, new Las Vegas production “Fever” featuring TV host/actress Ciara Sotto, as well as “American Idol” (Season 3) finalist Jasmine Trias and European singing/dancing sensation Billy Crawford.
Some of the evening’s presenters include the legendary Philippine actress and singer Ms. Nora Aunor, Miss America 2001 Angela Perez Baraquio, actor Michael Copon (“One Tree Hill” and upcoming feature film “The Scorpion King: Rise of the Azzadian”), Reggie Lee (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and the upcoming “Tropic Thunder” with Ben Stiller and Robert Downey, Jr.), singer Jennifer Paz (“Miss Saigon”, “Evita”, “Songs for a New World”), “youtube.com” star Christine Gambito (happyslip.com), “Icy Ice” (Movin’ 93.9 radio DJ), jazz and world music singer Charmaine Clamor, actress/model/TV host Giselle Tongi, Liz Masakayan (UCLA Hall of Fame Inductee and 1988 Olympian – USA Volleyball Team), Esperanza Catubig (“Without a Trace” and “The Vagina Monologues”), veteran actresses Lilia Dizon and Pinky de Leon and two local news anchors, Jean Martirez and Bob de Castro, from Fox 11 News.
Philippine singer/songwriter, actor “Prince of Pop” Fernando “Ding Dong” Avanzado and Jannelle So, host and producer of Los Angeles television station KSCI’s daily Filipino talk show “Kababayan LA” will emcee the star-studded first-of-its-kind production. Adding to the evening’s performances are Nonosina Dance Ensemble, the renowned Polynesian dance company who will perform not only to traditional Tahitian drums but also to a special hip-hop re-mix.
The “Filipino-American Visionary Awards” is produced by newly-launched production company NuVision Worldwide Media, LLC, (www.nuvisionworldwidemedia.com). Headed by its President/CEO Ramil Q. Gonzales, NuVision aims to make a difference in the entertainment industry by giving recognition to those who excel in their respective fields and have put the Filipinos on the map with their remarkable achievements not only in television, film, and music, but also in sports and public service. The “Visionary Awards” also seeks to honor outstanding Filipinos and Filipino-Americans who have made a difference in Hollywood and the Philippines and whose contributions have uplifted the profile of Filipinos in the arts and entertainment.
NuVision is also committed to supporting the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California [www.pmsnc.com] with its current and future medical missions to the most indigent and below poverty communities in the Philippines. In December 2007, PMSNC sent over 200 medical practitioners -- doctors, nurses, medical technicians, etc., -- to Davao (Southern Philippines) in order to provide medical aid to the families most in need of care. It’s a project NuVision hopes to support yearly.
The production team is headed by Hollywood director/producer Douglas Velasco, five-time Emmy®-award winning writer Craig Heller, Art Director/Set Designer Scott Heinemann (Art Directors Guild Award winner), primetime Emmy® Award Lighting Designer, Jeff Ravitz. Nuvision’s Executive team is headed by Ramil Gonzales (President/CEO), Rowena O’Leary (VP-Operations), Jeff Coggins (Project Development Coordinator), Don Kaaukai (VP-Marketing), Jet Montelibano (Creative Consultant/Associate Producer), Edith Montelibano (Over-all Project Consultant/Associate Producer), Richard Alindogan (Production Associate) and Ted I. Benito (Publicist/Associate Producer) of TDRZ Productions, Inc.
The “Inaugural Filipino-American Visionary Awards” is a production of NuVision Worldwide Media, LLC in association with Creative Concepts International and TDRZ Productions, Inc. For tickets and show information, call NuVision Worldwide Media at 714-522-8423 or 866-508-3205. Tickets are also available at the Kodak Theater Box Office (www.kodaktheatre.com) and all Ticketmaster outlets at 213-480-3232 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $250, $150, $125, $90, $75 & $55. Red carpet arrivals start at 5:00 pm and the awards presentation begin at 7:00 pm.
NuVision Worldwide Media, LLC Presents
“The First Annual Filipino American Visionary Awards”
Friday, March 7, 2008
The Kodak Theater in Hollywood
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Level One of the Hollywood & Highland Center
Tickets Available to General Public at the
Kodak Theater Box Office (visit www.kodaktheatre.com)
and all Ticketmaster outlets (at 213-480-3232 or www.ticketmaster.com)
Ticket Prices: $250, $150, $125, $90, $75 & $55
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Red Carpet Arrivals: 6:00pm
Awards & Entertainment: 7:00pm
Directions and Parking:
Take 110 North (passing the Downtown area) to the 101 North. Exit Highland Avenue (Stay on right-hand side of the freeway as exit splits). The street winds down and becomes three lanes towards Hollywood Bowl. Turn left onto Highland Avenue, at the Hollywood & Highland Center. The parking entrance is on Highland Avenue next to the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, north of Hollywood Blvd.