Luna Award

Luna Awards
33rd Luna Awards
Awarded for Outstanding achievements in Filipino cinema
Country Philippines
Presented by Film Academy of the Philippines
First awarded 1983
Last awarded 2013
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The Luna Awards are awards given annually by the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) to recognize the outstanding achievements of the Filipino film industry.[1] The first awards were presented in 1983 in Pasay. It is considered to be the Philippine counterpart of the Oscars. It used to be known as the FAP Awards until in 2005 when it got its current name. Since 2007, the Academy started holding simple awards ceremonies due to lack of government funding and reduction of its share from MMFF earnings. This also caused some delays for ceremony scheduling.


In 1981, the Executive Order 640-A was passed by then President Ferdinand Marcos. The order mandated that the Film Academy of the Philippines should recognize outstanding film achievements annually.[2]

The first awards was presented in April 27, 1983 in Manila Film Center which gave awards to the best films of 1982. It was known as the Film Academy of the Philippines Awards, shortened as FAP Awards.[3]

In 2005, FAP held a naming contest to give a unique name for the awards and Luna was chosen.

The awards for 2009 films (28th Luna Awards) were not given due to budget constraints. The Academy still count it as part of the numbering pattern of the awards even though it was not held.[4]


In 2005, Luna was chosen as the new name for the awards from the 221 names submitted to the contest. Romeo Cando and Baltazar dela Cruz won the prize of ₱5000 for naming it.[5]

The word "Luna" means moon in different languages. Luna is also the Roman goddess of moon. It is also can be reflected in the idiom "shoot for the moon" which means to aspire for the seemingly unreachable because winning a Luna Award is something difficult to achieve.

Indirectly, the choice of Luna is also a way to pay homage to Juan Luna. A painting which was made by Luna inspired production designer Angel "Ulay" Tantoco in making the design of this statuette in 1981.[6]

Luna is a long-haired woman with a flowing dress which represents the muse of arts. She holds a wreath and stands on twelve circular steps that represent all of the guilds of the Academy. She is made of aluminum cast and weighs four kilograms.[7]

Voting process

For a film to eligible, it should be released and have a commercial run for at least three days from January 1 to December 31 of the previous year. The voting process of Luna Awards was formulated by the Academy with the help of Asian Institute of Management (AIM). It was partially implemented in 2004 and fully implemented in 2005. It is done by a three-body system composed of the citers, nominators and voters. A citer can also be a voter but cannot be a nominator.

The citers indicate whether a work should be cited or not. The cited works move on the next round. Ten seats are allocated for each guild focused on the professions of:

Another ten seats are allocated for a non-category guild, totaling to 90 seats.

In the second round, a nominator should be a previous nominee in any major film awards like Luna, FAMAS, Urian and Metro Manila Film Festival. Five seats are assigned for each profession, adding up to 40 seats. They would rank all cited works from best to worst, with the two to five highest scorers becoming the nominees. To become a nominee in Best Picture, a film should have three nominations and one of these nominations should be in Best Direction or Best Screenplay.

The nominees would then move on the last round where voters would cast their votes. Fifteen seats are designated per profession and another fifteen for a non-category guild, numbering to 135 seats. The winners would then be announced in the awards night.[8]


# Date Venue Town/City Host(s)
FAP Awards
21st March 29, 2003 University of the Philippines Theater Quezon City
22nd July 3, 2004 Cultural Center of the Philippines Manila Ogie Alcasid & Pops Fernandez
Luna Awards
23rd May 14, 2005 The Westin Philippine Plaza Pasay Cherie Gil & Martin Nievera
24th September 16, 2006 PAGCOR Grand Theater Parañaque Marvin Agustin, Claudine Barretto, John Lloyd Cruz, Jolina Magdangal, Lani Mercado & Bong Revilla
25th December 27, 2007 Club Filipino San Juan Gina Alajar & Rez Cortez
26th February 8, 2009 Mandarin Oriental Suites Quezon City Gina Alajar, Robert Arevalo, Tirso Cruz III & Lorna Tolentino
27th July 10, 2011 Quezon City Sports Club Boots Anson-Roa & Robert Arevalo
28th Luna Awards was not held.
29th July 10, 2011 Quezon City Sports Club Quezon City Boots Anson-Roa & Robert Arevalo
30th August 26, 2012 Rez Cortez & Katya Santos
31st June 1, 2013 Rez Cortez, Leroy dela Fuente & Lesley Martinez


Special awards

Hall of Fame

An individual is inducted to the Luna Awards Hall of Fame if he/she won at least five competitive awards. Years listed are based on when they garnered their fifth trophy. Their total number of awards are also listed.


  1. "The Academy". Film Academy of the Philippines. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  2. "Executive Order 640-A". Government of the Philippines. January 5, 1981. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  3. "On a Wednesday Night in April…Thirty Years Ago". Film Academy of the Philippines. May 24, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  4. "FDCP Provides P800,000 for 29th Luna Awards". Film Academy of the Philippines. January 7, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  5. "Christening of Luna". Film Academy of the Philippines. May 11, 2005. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  6. "Name the FAP Statuette Winners". Film Academy of the Philippines. April 6, 2005. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  7. "And the best statuette is . . .". The Philippine Star. April 29, 2001. Archived from the original on August 22, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
  8. "The Selection Process for the FAP Award Winners". Film Academy of the Philippines. Archived from the original on May 5, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2014.

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