Fourteen scripts were submitted and eight will qualify for this year’s Metropolitan Manila Film Festival-Philippines. The final entries will be announced on June 28.
Last year, eight film projects were selected but two of them eventually backed out. These were Ikaw na Nga of Star Cinema whose lead actress Kis Aquino begged off when her mother President Cory Aquino was hospitalized; and Nieves: The Engkanto Slayer, a Marian Rivera starrer of Regal Films and APT Productions whose director got sick. Star Cinema fielded instead I Love You…Goodbye which eventually became the second top grosser with P94.3 million. There was no replacement for Nieves because of lack of time.
The other entries and their festival gross are as follows:
ANG PANDAY – starring Bong Revilla, Iza Calzado, Rhian Ramos, Geoff Eigenmann and Phillip Salvador, directed by Mac Alejandre and Rico Gutierrez for GMA Films and Imus Productions. P99.4 million
ANG DARLING KONG ASWANG – starring Vic Sotto and Cristine Reyes, directed by Tony Y. Reyes for Octo Arts and M-Zet Productions. P89.6 million
SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL XI – a horror film trilogy produced by Regal Films. P77.6 million
MANO PO 6: MY MOTHER – starring Sharon Cuneta, directed by Joel Lamangan for Regal Entertainment Inc. P42 million
NOBODY, NOBODY BUT JUAN – starring Dolphy and Willie Revillame, directed by Eric Quizon for RVQ Productions. P31.9 million
WAPAKMAN – starring Manny Pacquiao, directed by Toppel Lee and produced by Solar Films. P2.6 million