by. JR. Noses
Last December 15, 2020 was a day of celebration and jubilation for Lumina Events PH Show Director Bernard Yabut Maybituin.
The show director was recognized and awarded “Best Special Events Director” for “Mutia ti La Union 2020” event from Aliw Awards 2020 at Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel.
He is the president and artistic director of Lumina Events PH, a Manila-based events company that mounted “Mutia ti La Union 2020” in close collaboration with La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” R. Ortega III.
The “Mutia ti La Union 2020” event garnered six Aliw Awards nominations. The event won awards for “Best Festival Practices and Performance”, “Best Festival Catalyst/Organizer” for Governor Ortega and “Best Special Events Director” for Maybituin.
Mutia ti La Union 2020 and LUVWI Charity Ball 2020 are part of the 170th La Union Founding Anniversary that promoted the Agri-Tourism vision of the province around La Union and outside the province.
On accepting the prestigious award, Direk Bernard, as fondly addressed by peers and industry colleagues gratefully expressed “I offer this award to our Lord God for giving us the gift of making people happy. Thank you ALIW Awards for recognizing me and the efforts of our company, Lumina Events. “Your mouth speaks what your heart is full of” sabi nga po nila… as of the moment, what is inside me is an overflowing gratitude. My love and gratitude goes to this wonderful people, for entrusting me with Mutia ti La Union 2020 and LUVWI Charity ball where we were able to share our vision, passion and appreciation for culture, the arts, fashion and pageantry. All we wanted is a beautiful show, an elevated kind of presentation, highly entertaining, a show with message, to present and showcase their platforms, campaigns and advocacies. With this kind of people that you will work with, sabi ko as a director, I should think different. “Basta gusto ko maganda, gusto ko iba, gusto ko yung may puso na show.” I wanna give them and their people 100% satisfaction and one theatrical experience. I hope I was able to deliver that to you Gov. Pacoy Ortega III and Madam Vini Ortega and to the people of La Union.”
The dynamic show director also expressed his thanks to “our clients, sponsors, partner suppliers, and our friends in the industry.” In his message, Direk Bernard recognized fashion designer Mama Rene Salud as a mentor to him and opened doors to world of fashion, pageantry’ models, stylists, hair and makeup artists, photographers, videographers, modeling agencies.
He also mentioned his Alma Mater – Angono Private High School fueled his passion for his craft. The school is a “venue to “appreciate arts, culture and nurtured me on my directorial skills when I was a student and being a Theater Arts adviser for 8 years, the Thespians Society was my training ground and will always be my greatest inspiration.”
He is grateful to his “Lumina Events family for being with me through the years and to my kuya, ate, in-laws, my beautiful pamangkins especially to my Nanay and my Tatay in heaven. You’ve been watching over me who have always been my source of power and strength.
He ended his heartfelt speech sharing “ this victory to the cultural community and creative industry especially to Live Events, who were worst affected by the pandemic. We are gifted with resourcefulness and tenacity and we will rise again! Mabuhay ang Aliw Awards ay Mabuhay ang Creative Industry ng Pilipinas!!!”