Former beauty queen an Emmy-winning philanthropist

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Oct 17 2012 04:36 PM | Updated as of Oct 18 2012 09:24 AM

Former Binibining Pilipinas and Emmy-winning philanthropist Lisa Manibog Lew Brennan
WEST HOLLYWOOD, California - Lisa Manibog Lew Brennan knows courtroom reality television well.

The former 1982 Binibining Pilipinas International, and her husband Peter, have won 8 Emmy awards for producing hit courtroom reality series like "Cristina’s Court," "Hard Copy" and "Judge Judy."

“You do what you love, and it’s really something to be honored for producing the very best stories about people’s real lives. To me real stories are powerful we’re glad we are able to tell them,” she said.

Before she began bringing home Emmy gold, the US-born Brennan first took on the spotlight as a beauty queen, winning the Miss Philippines International crown in 1982. By the mid 80s she was back in the US working as a television producer.

For Brennan, community service runs in the family. Her father Monte Manibog was one of the first Filipinos in Southern California to win office as mayor of Monterey Park. Her grandfather Gonzalo Manibog was one of the first Filipinos to practice law in the US.

Now as a multi-awarded television producer, Brennan shares her success with others. Her lavish mansion off West Hollywood’s famed Sunset strip hosts several charity events annually including the Mulligan project, a non profit, that helps educate disabled children in Vietnam.

She hasn't forgotten her beauty pageant roots. Her charity events also help promote the arts, inviting designers, including Filipinos to showcase their designs to the high profile attendees.

“She has always been very supportive of not just the charities but the artists and designers and people in the creative industry,” said Filipino fashion designer David Tupaz.

“Thats what your life is about--doing the right things. You give gifts and you give them back,” she added.

“It’s about doing the right thing and giving back,” Brennan said.