NEW YORK – New York is home to some of the Philippines’ best. From Broadway to Wall Street, the “galing ng Pilipino” or the innate greatness of the Filipino shines brightly in the Big Apple.
For instance, the “Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms” exhibit at Asia Society is a testament to the Filipino’s greatness that dates back to the 10th century.
Two of the exhibit’s recent visitors are making historic Filipino firsts in this year’s International Emmy Awards in New York.
ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio will be the first Filipino to chair the 43rd International Emmys Awards Gala on Monday night, while award-winning Kapamilya star Piolo Pascual will be the first Filipino presenter at the iEmmys.
“I’m very very proud to represent my company ABS-CBN, and I’m very, very proud also that I am Filipino and I’m here to represent our country,” Santos-Concio said.
“Pride, honor, you know being in the business I love and having this kind of gift is a reward,” Pascual said.
At the HBO welcome cocktails Sunday, International Emmy Awards president Bruce Paisner said Santos-Concio’s appointment as this year’s chair was a clear-cut choice because the academy recognizes not only the excellent TV programs and actors from the Philippines but also the outstanding achievements of ABS-CBN under her watch.
“You have to be really somebody who is a person of importance in their country, in their organization as well. We think that Charo is wonderful chairman for us,” Paisner said.
As chair, Santos-Concio will open the International Emmy Awards Gala at the New York Hilton with a welcome speech, while Pascual will present a telenovela award near the latter part of the awards show.
“Part of the mission of ABS-CBN is to make sure that we share stories of Filipino strength and resilience and I think it should go beyond the Philippines. Our content should reach the international shores. I hope to be able to bring that to the consciousness of the international community here at the iEmmys,” Santos-Concio said.
Pascual is no stranger to the iEmmys: his teleserye “Lobo” (She Wolf: The Last Sentinel) with Angel Locsin, was nominated in the 37th International Emmys.
“I just hope it opens doors for other showbiz people to be able to penetrate the international scene,” Pascual said.
Pascual will join other celebrity presenters such as Academy Award winner Michael Douglas and “Star Trek” veteran actor George Takei.
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