Last Sunday, October 13, the 33rd Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Television was held at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater at the Ateneo De Manila University in Quezon City.
Apart from the inspiring triumphs was the kilig dedication Arjo Atayde gave to Maine Mendoza during his acceptance speech after being named Best Drama Supporting Actor for his role as Elai in The General’s Daughter.
After thanking the PMPC and the Lord for the award, Arjo admitted that, despite doing his best to look cool and collected, he felt a bit shy.
“Hindi niyo lang po alam, [but] I’m shaking right now,” he told everyone in attendance. “I’m really shy.”
He, then, went on to thank his supporters and ABS-CBN for giving him the opportunity, not only to portray Elai in The General’s Daughter but to all the characters he gives to life. He also thanked his co-stars in the action-drama series for always believing in him.
“First of all, I want to thank the cast for teaching me every day,” he says. “I remain to be a student of what I’m doing every day, and I’m very thankful that I’m privileged that I’m working with all these brilliant actors and actresses,”
He then shared how he initially doubted his capabilities after giving a shoutout to lead star Angel Locsin and the show’s director Manny Palo.
“I told you, I doubted myself every day,” he narrated. “You believed in me, so much. You told me ‘You can do it’ and now I’m standing in front of you guys with this award. Thank you. I love you guys so much.”
And, lastly, we all went giddy when Arjo ended his speech with such a sweet dedication to Maine Mendoza.
“Last, but not the least, Maine, thank you so much for being such an inspiration, for being my every day, for keeping up with my weirdness. This one’s for you!” he said, to the cheers and jeers of everyone in attendance.
Netizens started spotting Arjo and Maine together back in October 2018. It was January of this year when the award-winning actor confirmed that he is exclusively dating the Kapuso actress. Maine, on the other hand, confirmed their relationship in a blog post last March!
Congratulations, Arjo! We are so proud of you! Watch his full speech below!
Apart from Arjo, here are the people who took home the gold from the coveted award-giving body:
Best TV Station: ABS-CBN
Best Drama Actor: Jerico Rosales (Halik) - ABS-CBN
Best Drama Actress: Angel Locsin (The General's Daughter) ABS-CBN
Best Drama Supporting Actress: Janice de Belen (The General's Daughter) - ABS-CBN
Best Child Performer: Sophia Reola (Nang Ngumiti Ang Langit) - ABS-CBN
Best New Male Personality: Aljon Mendoza MMK "Medal of Valor" - ABS-CBN and Klinton Start -Be Happy, Go Lucky - IBC 13
Best New Female Personality: Ivana Alawi (Mea Culpa: Sino Ang May Sala?) ABS-CBN
Best Single Performance by an Actor: Enchong Dee - MMK "Wheelchair" - ABS-CBN and Jeric Gonzales - Magpakailanman "Sex Slave" - GMA-7
Best Single Performance by an Actress: Yasmien Kurdi -Tadhana "Sukdulan" - GMA 7
Best Primetime TV Series: The General's Daughter - ABS-CBN
Best Daytime Drama Series: Kadenang Ginto - ABS-CBN
Best Comedy Show: Banana Sundae - ABS-CBN
Best Comedy Actor: Bayani Agbayani (Home Sweetie Home) - ABS-CBN
Best Comedy Actress: Maine Mendoza (Daddy's Girl) - GMA-7
Best Variety Show: Sunday Pinasaya - GMA-7
Best Horror/Fantasy Program: Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko - GMA-7
Best Musical Variety Show: Young Once Upon A Time / Net 25 and SMAC Pinoy/IBC 13
Best Children Show: Talents Academy - IBC 13
Best Children Show Hosts: Hosts of Talents Academy - IBC 13
Best Educational Program: Matanglawin - ABS-CBN
Best Educational Program Host: Kim Atienza - Matanglawin - ABS-CBN
Best Morning Show: Unang Hirit - GMA 7
Best Morning Show Host: Umagang Kay Ganda hosts ABS-CBN
Best Documentary Program: iWitness -GMA-7
Best Documentary Program Host: William Thio - Spotlight - UNTV 37
Best Documentary Special: The Story of the Filipinos Protecting The Environment-CNN Philippines
Best Travel Show: G Diaries -ABS-CBN
Best Travel Show Host- Landmarks hosts
Best Lifestyle Show-Gandang Ricky Reyes
Best Lifestyle Show Host-Ricky Reyes
Best Talent Show-The Clash - GMA-7
Best Talent Search Program Host: Luis Manzano and Pia Wurtzbach (World of Dance Ph) - ABS-CBN
Best Magazine Show: Rated K - ABS-CBN
Best Magazine Show Host-Korina Sanchez (Rated K) - ABS-CBN
Best Celebrity Talk Show-Tonight with Boy Abunda - ABS-CBN
Best Celebrity Talk Show Host: Boy Abunda (TWBA) - ABS-CBN
Best Public Affairs Program: The Bottomline - ABS-CBN
Best Public Affairs Program Host: Boy Abunda (The Bottomline) - ABS-CBN
Best Public Program: Healing Galing TV5
Best Public Program Host: - Edinell Calvario (Healing Galing) - TV5
Best News TV Program: TV Patrol - ABS-CBN
Best Male News Caster: Raffy Tima - Balingtanghali
Best Female News Caster: Vicky Morales (24 Oras) - GMA-7
Celebrity Mom of the Night: Dimples Romana
Male and Female Skin Magical of the Night: Edward Barber and Dimples Romana
Gina Lopez and Eddie Garcia: Posthumous awards
Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award: Kris Aquino
Lifetime Achievement Award for Broadcasting: Vicky Morales
German Moreno Power Tandem of the Year - Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber, Ken Chan and Rita Daniela