Nine individuals were inducted into Eastwood’s Walk of Fame on December 10 and received their own stars inscribed with their names, to be placed among fellow awardees recognized for their crafts.
The Eastwood Walk of Fame, headed by the German Moreno Foundation and in collaboration with Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, celebrates its 13th year.
Derek Ramsay, Vhong Navarro, Ken Chan, and Julia Barretto are among the new inductees. In their company, however, are personalities whose service in the fields of entertainment and journalism prove how fully deserving they are of receiving their own stars.
BBC World News news anchor Rico Hizon is the sole recipient from the public affairs division this year. The award has been a long time coming for the first Filipino anchor to join the world-renowned news organization. Rico joined BBC World News in 2002.
Hizon dedicated the award to BBC, as well as former networks GMA and CNBC Asia, acknowledging all the men and women involved in news production and journalism.
Award-winning director Chito Roño is the mastermind behind iconic films such as Dekada 70, Feng Shui, and The Healing. He also adapted Lualhati Bautista’s acclaimed novel Bata, Bata… Pa’no Ka Ginawa into film.
The Walk of Fame star adds to Roño’s trophy list, including Metro Manila Film Festival awards in 1997 (Best Director for Nasaan Ang Puso?) and 2001 (Best Director, Best Original Story, and Best Screenplay for Yamashita: The Tiger’s Treasure).
Marichu Vera Perez-Maceda
Marichu Vera Perez-Maceda, fondly known by many as Manay Ichu, is the matriarch behind the legendary Sampaguita Pictures. The now defunct studio operated from 1937 until 1982 with its last release being the classic Mike de Leon film Batch ‘81.
Manay Ichu also received a posthumous award for her father, Dr. Jose Roxas Perez, one of the nation’s biggest movie producers who began the acting careers of Gloria Romero and Eddie Garcia. Perez was involved in ushering in the golden age of cinema in the Philippines during the 1940s and 50s, thus rendering his Walk of Fame star long overdue.