SM Foundation’s Executive Director for Health and Medical Programs Connie S. Angeles was recognized by the Philippine Movie Press Club with the Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award is an honorary Star Awards for Television to recognize long-time television personalities including entertainers, actors, hosts, producers and directors.
It was named after Ading Fernando, a director, scriptwriter, and actor until his death in 1984.
He was the creator of the long-running television show John en Marsha.
Previous Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement awardees include Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos, Pilita Corrales, Nova Villa, Susan Roces, Gloria Romero, and Johnny Manahan, among others.
In 1990, Angeles was bestowed with the Best Public Service Program Host award for the television show Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko.
Earlier in 1989 she bagged the Producer of Best Children’s Show award, an award she again garnered in 1998.
Angeles is an alumna of the University of the Philippines.
She has over nine years of experience in politics: as a two-term Councilor and later as Vice-Mayor of Quezon City.
She held several positions in various professional and civic organizations.
Aside from the PMPC awards, she has received local and international awards from the Government, private sector, as well as from international organizations.
Despite her busy schedule as SM Foundation Executive Director, Angeles makes time to be involved in cause-oriented activities for the welfare for women and children.
In her acceptance speech during the 35th PMPC Star Awards ceremony held at the Winford Resort and Casino last month, Angeles recalled her entry to the show business, her unforgettable experiences and the lessons she learned along the way.
When she was five-years-old, she starred in Eskwelahang Munti and would later be discovered to play the role of Oreng, Vilma Santos’s sister in the movie Trudis Liit.
This paved way for other projects in show business and in television.
In the same speech, she thanked Orly Mercado who paved the way for her involvement in public service through Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko.
Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko is a program that aims to transform the lives of the disadvantaged through guidance, connection, and empowerment.
It taps private donors to help shoulder expensive medical and surgical procedures needed by indigent patients.
Serving as venue for seeking assistance, it is aired on GMA-7 and for some time it was also a clinic-on-air where medical specialists explain the prevention, symptoms, and cure of diseases.