By Alex Datu
In spite of the absence of some awardees and some mayors all-over Metro Manila, still the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival was quite a success, notwithstanding its early controversy. Congratulations!
No doubt, last year’s MMFF Best Actress Jennylyn Mercado is again the happiest actress at this very moment for winning again in this year’s film derby. For the second consecutive year, she got the trophy for her role in the light-drama-comedy film #Walang Forever. Last year, she won in the movie English Only, Please. Both films are under one producer, Quantum International Film. She bested Ai-Ai delas Alas for My Pabebe Love # Kilig Pa More and Jodi Sta. Maria in All We Need is Pag-ibig.
She must be really lucky last night. Aside from the acting award, she was also voted as the “Female Celebrity of the Night” wearing a blue sequinned gown. She had stiff competition with KC Concepcion who did three custom changes as a co-host of Richard Gutierrez. Her first gown was a goldish Cleopatra inspired long gown with a slit from the floor to her curves and the second one was a truly breathtaking black see-thru designed by a fashion designer from Cebu and the last, a closed-neck black see-thru long gown. Cesar Montano was chosen as the “Male Celebrity of the Night.”
Japanese bombshell Maria Ozawa, the star of Nilalang was a live-wire in her sizzling production performance with equally sexy and masculine back-ups. Janella Salvador and Marlo Mortel, stars of Haunted Mansion did a bubbly and pabebe production number, while stars of Kapatid network Yassi Pressman and Pop Girls gave their sexy production number and what is quietly surprising was Alonzo Muhlach’s cute production number. This answer the question why most of the guest stars were from Kapatid network because TV5 covered the awards night with delayed telecast. Richard was there because he will doing the Panday series of the late FPJ on the said network together with Alonzo.
Here are the list of winners for the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival Gabi ng Parangal held at KIA Theater last night, December 27.
Best Festival Actress – Jennylyn Mercado (#Walang Forever)
Best Festival Actor – Jericho Rosales (#Walang Forever)
Best Festival Supporting Actress – Maine Mendoza (Pabebe Love)
Best Festival Supporting Actor – Tirzo Cruz III (Honor Thy Father)
Best Festival Director – Erik Matti (Honor Thy Father)
Best Festival Screenplay – #Walang Forever
Best Festival Original Story – #Walang Forever
Best Festival Cinematography – Nilalang
Best Festival Film Editor – Nilalang
Best Festival Production Design – By Now, Die Later
Best Festival Visual Effect – Nilalang
Best Festival Make-up Artist – Honor Thy Father
Best Festival Original Theme Song – Honor Thy Father
Best Festival Musical Score – Nilalang
Best Festival Sound Award – Nilalang
Best Festival Child Star – Krystal Brimner
Best Festival Best Float – Buy Now, Die Later
FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence plus P400K cash
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award – My Bebe Love
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Award for Best Picture – #Walang Forever
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villagas Award for 2nd Best Picture – Buy Now, Die Later
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Award for 3rd Best Picture – My Bebe Love
Erik Matti was not at the awards night to accept his award for Best Director because it is a known fact that there was a controversy on the disqualification of John Lloyd Cruz’ Honor Thy Father from being nominated in the Best Picture category. On his behalf, the award was accepted by Shiel Calde of Realty Entertainment and read the speech of Direk Matti sent thru a text message.
“Sa kabila ng lahat, magandang gabi pa rin sa inyo. Kahit kailan po, hindi ako gumawa ng pelikula para magka-award. At kung may mga reklamo man ako sa MMFF, hindi ‘yan tungkol sa pag-disqualify ninyo sa Honor Thy Father sa Best Picture category. Naglabas ng statement ang producer namin na si Dondon Monteverde. Sang-ayon ako sa mga sinasabi niya doon, mas malalim kasya d’yan ang disappointment ko sa MMFF.
“Mula sa pagpili ninyo ng mga sineng isasali hanggang sa pagkunsinti ninyo sa masahol na trato ng mga sinehan sa ibang pelikula lalo na ang mga maliliit na producers. Para sa isang isang die-hard movie fan na gaya ko, hindi ko na halos makilala ang film festival na dati kong hinahangaan at nirespeto.
“Maraming salamat na lang sa libreng publicity at higit sa lahat sa pagbukas ng pinto para pag-usapan sa wakas ng mga filmmakers pati ng mga moviegoers ang mga hinahangad nilang pagbabago sa MMFF. Sa lahat naman ng mga Pilipinong hindipa rin nagsasawang manood ng mga gawa namin dito, salamat sa inyo. You deserve better, kaya tulungan naman ninyo kami. Demand for better films, demand for more choices in the cinemas. kaya pa natin baguhin ito. Hindi ako titigil hanggang hindi rin kayo titigil .
“Hindi na ito tungkol sa Honor Thy Father . Buong industriya ng paggawa at panonood sa pelikulang Pilipino ang usapan na ito. Kaya salamat na rin sa inyo, MMFF. Binuhay ninyo ang pag-asa ko para sa pagbabago.”
As of this writing based on the post of Direk Matti, today, December 28, it says, “Tomorrow (Dec 28) is a big day for Philippine Cinema. Abangan! #ALDUBDontGiveUpOnUs pa-resbak mga #aldubers #MMFF2015Scandal. #buksanangimburnal”
Here is the standing of the first day gross earning based on the box office result as of December 25:
1. My Bebe Love P29.3 Million
2. Beauty and the Bestie P26.3 Million
3. Haunted Mansion P4.1 Million
4. All We Need Is Pag-ibig P3.6 Million
5. Buy Now, Die Later P1.9 Million
6. #Walang Forever P1.5 Million
7. Honor Thy Father P386,000.00
8. Nilalang P299,000.00