It is now official: there will be seven entries for this year’s Metropolitan Manila Film Festival (Philippines).
The Playdate, Sales and Monitoring Committee of the filmfest has been meeting weekly in preparation for the annual event that starts on Christmas Day.
This year’s official entries are:
Nobody, Nobody but Juan (RVQ Productions)—starring Dolphy and directed by Eric Quizon.
Ang Panday (GMA and Imus Productions)—starring Sen. Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla, Anne Curtis and Phillip Salvador and directed by Mac Alejandre.
Mano Po 6: My Mother (Regal Entertainment, Inc.)—starring Sharon Cuneta, Kris Aquino and Zsa Zsa Padilla and directed by Joel Lamangan.
Ang Darling Kong Aswang (OctoArts Films, M-Zet Films and APT Productions)—starring Vic Sotto and Cristine Reyes and directed by Tony Y. Reyes.
WAPAKMAN (Solar Films)—starring Manny Pacquiao and Krista Ranillo and directed by Toppel Lee.
Shake, Rattle & Roll XI (Regal Films)—starring Ruffa Gutierrez and Mark Anthony Fernandez.
I Love You, Goodbye (Star Cinema)—starring Gabby Concepcion, Angelica Panganiban, Kim Chiu, Derek Ramsay and directed by Laurice Guilllen.
Ikaw na Nga to be directed by Wenn Deramas was actually selected as one of the entries but Star Cinema pulled it out upon the request of Kris Aquino. That was the time when former president Cory Aquino was in the hospital and Kris had wanted more time for her mother.
An eighth entry was originally included and this was Nieves: The Engkanto Slayer starring Marian Rivera. It was pulled out due to health problems of its director, Mike Tuviera.
The MMFFP committee decided to forego with replacing Nieves and to just proceed with the 7 official entries for this year’s festival.
The problem of alleged premature campaigning was earlier leveled against two entries, Ang Panday and Wapakman but the Comelec ruling that their exhibition does not will constitute premature campaigning signalled that it’s all systems go for this year’s MMFFP.
The MMFFP Executive Committee submitted an appeal to the Comelec and reasoned that if ever the two movies are banned and therefore excluded in the festival, the expected box office gross of P500 million will be greatly affected.
The Playdate, Sales and Monitoring Committee is headed by Manuel Nuqui, chairman; Dominic Du, co-chairman; and the following members: Gerry Ocampo, Patricia Alviz, Mar de Chavez, Francis Tiu and Victor Villegas.
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