25 Reasons that Made Us Proud to be Pinoy in 2010

This year, their victory was ours too.


From sports, filmmaking to literary accolades, SPOT.ph’s celebrates the numerous Pinoy triumphs of 2010.


25. The Philippine team wins in the The Amazing Race Asia 4.

Richard Hardin and Richard Herrera. Publicity photo from AXN-Asia.com.


Richard (Rich) Herrera and Richard Hardin, dubbed "The Riches," won The Amazing Race Asia 4. Besting nine other teams, the duo’s win is the first time the Philippines took home the reality show’s plum prize.

24. Newbie Pinoy filmmaker Alvin Tiamzon wins the top prize at Asia-Pacific climate change video tilt.


Alvin Tiamzon bagged the grand prize in "My View: The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Video Contest" sponsored by the Asian Development Bank. His entry, a humorous video on saving energy using imagined superpower-strength, won over other films in the Asia Pacific region.



23. Filipino designer Jerome Allen Lorico wins the grand prize in Japan Fashion Design contest.

Jerome Allen Lorico bagged the grand prize in the 48th Japan Fashion Design Contest in Tokyo, as well as two special corporate awards from the Japan Cotton Industry Association and Onward in October. Lorico’s ensemble using a unique textile made from cotton and piña beat 50 other finalists and he is the first foreigner to win in the competition.





22. Designer Oliver Tolentino wins the Sustainable Eco Fashion Award at Bahamas Fashion Week.

Screencap from The Bahamas Weekly

Another Filipino designer, Oliver Tolentino, gained recognition for his work in 2010. Tolentino’s 40-piece eco couture collection won for him the Sustainable Eco Fashion Award at the Islands of the World Fashion Week 2010 held in the Bahamas.


21. The Red Shoes wins the Jurors Recognition Award in Bogota International Film Festival.


The Nikki Gil and Marvin Agustin- starrer, The Red Shoes, won the Jurors Recognition Award in the 27th Bogota Film Festival held in Colombia in September. Directed by Raul Jordan and written by James Ladioray, Red Shoes was the lone Asian film that competed in the festival.


20. Robin Tomas wins Best Reinvention of the Men’s T-shirt award in New York’s Supima Design Competition.

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Designer Robin Tomas won the Best Reinvention of the Men’s T-shirt award, besting six finalists in the Supima Design Competition in New York. His work was hailed as the best entry and was judged based on originality and execution.

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19. Pinay Supermodel Chat Almarvez walks the New York Fashion Week runways.

Walking tall, Filipina supermodel Chat Almarvez debuted in New York’s Fashion Week via Diane von Furstenberg’s show in February. The 16-year old model also modeled for Lacoste, Cynthia Steffe, Wayne Lee, and Rachel Comey. Almarvez was the first runner-up in Ford Models’ Supermodel of the World held in January.


18. Sid Lucero is nominated as Best Actor in International Emmy Awards for Dahil May Isang Ikaw.


Actor Sid Lucero was nominated for the Best Actor award in the 38th International Emmy Awards for the teleserye, Dahil May Isang Ikaw in October. Lucero played Alfred "Red" Ramirez, an antagonist with an inferiority complex, in the teleserye.


17. Chito Roño’s musical film Emir wins the Yussef Chahine Award for Best Artistic Contribution at the 34th Cairo International Film Festival in Egypt.

The musical, Emir, which follows the story of a young Ilocana who works as a maid in Morocco, clinched the Yussef Chahine Award for Best Artistic Contribution at the 34th Cairo International Film Festival in Egypt. Prior to the award, the film was also screened at the Pusan International Film Festival.



16. Pinoy indie film Bakal Boys wins Best Film in the 2010 Asian Connection Film Festival.


The indie film, Bakal Boys, won the award for Best Film in the 2010 Asian Connection Film Festival in November. Directed and co-written by Ralston Jover, the film stars metal divers aged six to 16 alongside veteran actress Giña Pareno and first premiered at the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.


15. Filipino writer Criselda Yabes’ novel makes it to Man Asian Literary Prize longlist.

Below the Crying Mountain by Criselda Yabes. Photos from the Man Asian Literary Prize website.

Filipino writer and journalist Criselda Yabes’ Below the Crying Mountain is the only Filipino novel in the longlist for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize. The novel, which tells of the Moro rebellion in the 1970s, has also garnered literary awards in the fiction and creative nonfiction categories of  Gawad Likhaan: UP Centennial Literary Awards in 2008.



14. Pinoy indie film Donor wins Best Film in Brussels Filmfest with lead actress Meryll Soriano winning the Best Actress award.


Director Mark Meily and the production team of Donor bagged the Best Film award in the 37th Brussels International Film Festival (BIFF) with Meryll Soriano winning the Best Actress title. The film, which spins the story of human organ trafficking, was also an entry to the 2010 Cinemalaya Film Festival and won five awards: Best Film, Best Performance of an Actor (Baron Geisler), Best Performance of an Actress (Meryll Soriano), Best Performance of a Supporting Actress (Karla Pambid), and Best Production Design (Aped Santos).



13. Pepe Diokno’s Engkwentro wins Best Asian Film in South Korean film fest.


Young filmmaker Pepe Diokno’s Engkwentro bested other contenders and won the Best Asian Film award at the Jeonju International Film Festival in May. The film also garnered awards in 2009--it won Best Debut Film in the Orizzonti (New Horizons) competition and the "Luigi De Laurentiis" award for debut film.



12. Efren "Bata" Reyes named "Player of the Decade" by US Billiards Media Association.

Pool player Efren "Bata" Reyes was named "Player of the Decade" by unanimous decision by the United States Billiards Media Association in February. Popularly known as the "Magician," Reyes had the most number of votes in the USBMA poll. The 55-year old athlete also has over 20 major men’s professional pool titles in the last ten years.  

11. Designer Mich Dulce wins the International Young Creative Entrepreneur Award for Fashion.



Designer and hat maker Mich Dulce won the International Young Creative Entrepreneur Award for Fashion in February 2010 for her millinery collection, all of which are handmade and display her quirky and whimsical fashion sense.





10. Django Bustamante wins his first world pool championship after over 30 years of playing.

2010 was a memorable year for 46-year old pool player Francisco "Django" Bustamante. He won his first world pool title in July and beat former champion Kuo Po Cheng of Chinese Taipei in the World 9-Ball Finals. Bustamante, who has been playing since he was 10 years old, took home the $36,000 prize.



9. Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado makes it to New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2010.


Described by New York Times as "a murder mystery punctuated with serious philosophical musings," Ilustrado by Filipino scribe Miguel Syjuco earned a space in NYT’s 100 Notable Books of 2010. The novel also won the Grand Prize for Best Novel in English in the 2008 Palanca Awards.



8. Brillante Mendoza’s Lola gets top awards in Spain and Switzerland.


Director Brillante Mendoza’s stars continue to shine in 2010: his full-length feature, Lola, received the Fribourg International Film Festival’s Audience Award and the Ecumenical Jury Award in Switserland, the Don Quijote Award at the annual International Film-Club Festival at Reggio di Calabria in Italy, and the Harimaguada Golden trophy in Spain.



7. Rafe Totengco receives the 2010 Filipino Presidential Award right after being named Creative Director of Nine West in New York.


Rafe Totengco bagged a 2010 Filipino Presidential Award in the "Pamana ng Pilipino" category and was honored for bringing honor and recognition through his work as a bag and accessories designer. He received the recognition from President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III at the Malacañang Palace in November, just a few months after being named Creative Director for Handbags at The Jones Group, Inc., which houses international brands like Nine West, Jones New York and Vintage America.  

6. Entomologist and biologist Rhoel Dinglasan develops malaria vaccine.


Screencap of the Time article on Dinglasan


Rhoel Dinglasan, an entomologist and biologist at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Maryland, USA, developed a malaria vaccine and was reported in Time in January 2010. The vaccine enables the body to create antibodies that lock up malaria in mosquitoes.


5. Illac Diaz launches Design Against the Elements competition as answer to climate change and builds the first bottle school in Laguna.

Social entrepreneur Illac Diaz, along with MyShelter Foundation, the Climate Change Commission, the City of Taguig, San Miguel Properties, and the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) successfully launched the Design Against The Elements (DATE) competition, culling the best designs as the prototype for building communities using green architecture.

Diaz also spearheaded efforts to build the country’s first school made out of plastic bottles in San Pablo, Laguna as an innovative solution to building eco-friendly and low-cost structures in the country.


4. Cristeta Comerford wins Iron Chef’s Super Chef Battle.


White House Chef Cristeta Comerford made headlines in 2010 when she won Iron Chef’s Super Chef Battle with teammate Chef Bobby Flay. Comerford and Flay created "a fennel and apple salad with oyster, another salad with lobster and squid, a Filipino-inspired broccoli clam chowder, a barbequed veggie dish, and a meringue sweet potato tart."



3. The Philippine Football team makes it to the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-finals, lands in Sports Illustrated’s Top 10 Soccer Stories of 2010 for their unexpected win against Vietnam.


From underdogs to top dog, the Philippine football team, also known as the Azkals, kicked their way to the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup semi-finals in 2010. A first for the Philippine team in local football history, they also shocked fans when they defeated defending champion Vietnam 2-0, a win that landed them 10th place in Sports Illustrated’s Top 10 Soccer Stories of 2010 . Said the article, "Defending champion and federation powerhouse Vietnam lost 2-0 to the Philippines, ranked 151st in the world and without so much as a point off Vietnam in nearly 20 years. Accusing the Azkals of parking the bus, Vietnamese coach Henrique Calisto refused to shake his opposite number’s hand after the match."



2. Charice launches international album on Oprah, tops the Billboard dance chart, appears on Rollingstone.com and Teenvogue.com and stars in an episode of Glee - all in 2010.


Truly a banner year for Charice Pempengco who turned 18 this year, 2010 saw the young belter launch her international album on Oprah, her single "Pyramid" topped the Billboard  Dance/ Club Play Chart in May, and she appeared on Rollingstone.com and Teenvogue.com. If that wasn’t enough, she made Pinoy Glee fans proud when she starred in the first episode of Glee’s second season as the talented Filipino exchange student, Sunshine Corazon. 



1. Manny Pacquiao wins against Clottey and Margarito in 2010, is named one of TIME Magazine’s 20th most influential person of the year and is hailed "Fighter of the Decade" by the Boxing Writers Association of America.


Despite rumors that hounded Manny Pacquiao in the early part of 2010, his boxing career continued to shine this year: he won the match against Joshua Clottey for the welterweight title in March and won the super welterweight title against Antonio Margarito in November. The boxer was also hailed as the "Fighter of the Decade" by the Boxing Writers Association of America and is one of TIME Magazine’s most influential persons of the year.





Photographs from Jerome Lorico’s  Facebook page, Illac Diaz, stylebible.ph (Mich Dulce). Main artwork by Warren Espejo.

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