A series of five parades of stars in the forthcoming 2007 Metropolitan Manila Film Festival-Philippines will be staged out of the Manila area—four cities in Luzon and one in the Visayas.
The first parade of stars will reel off in Lucena City in Quezon on Friday, December 7.
The four other parades are scheduled as follows:
Batangas City—Saturday, Dec. 8;
Baguio City—Thursday, Dec. 13;
San Fernando (Pampanga)—Tuesday, Dec. 18; and
Bacolod City—Friday, Dec. 21.
Six entries will be shown starting December 25, 2007 and three others will start showing on New Year’s Day 2008.
The six winning entries which will start showing on Christmas Day are:
Resiklo of Imus Productions Inc., starring Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. and Jennilyn Mercado, directed by Mark Javier Reyes;
Bahay Kubo of MAQ Productions, starring Maricel Soriano, Eric Quizon and Mark Herras, directed by Joel Lamangan;
Katas ng Saudi of Maverick Films Inc., starring Jinggoy Estrada and Lorna Tolentino, directed by Jose Javier Reyes;
Enteng Kabisote 4 of OctoArts Films, starring Vic Sotto and Kristine Hermosa, directed by Tony Reyes;
Shake Rattle & Roll 9 of Regal Entertainment Inc., starring Manilyn Reynes, Roxanne Guinoo and Michelle Rikks in Christmas Tree episode, directed by Topel Lee/ Patrick Garcia and John Pratts in Bangungot episode, directed by Mike Tuviera/ Nash Aguas and Matt Evans in Last Full Show episode, directed by Paul Daza.
Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo of Star Cinema-ABS-CBN, starring Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, directed by Jose Javier Reyes.
The three entries which will start showing on January 1 are the following:
Anak ng Kumander of MP Productions, starring Manny Pacquiao, Ara Mina, Valerie Concepcion, Roy Vinzons, Dante Rivero and Efren Reyes Jr., directed by Jose ‘Kaka’ Balagtas
Banal of COMGUILD Productions Inc., starring Christopher de Leon, Paolo Conti, Alfred Vargas, directed by Cesar Apolinario.
Desperadas of Regal Entertainment Inc., starring Ruffa Gutierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Iza Calzado and Marian Rivera, directed by Joel Lamangan.
Last year, the Metro Filmfest started showing nine films simultaneously on Christmas Day. There was an obvious decline in the box-office during the second week of the filmfest starting on New Year’s Day. This was the main reason that the executive committee decided to break up the films into two batches.
The 2007 MMFFP executive committee is hereby reminding producers of these pertinent deadlines and dates:
December 10 (Mon)—Deadline of submission of finished film entries of the 2nd batch (Jan.1 showing).
Deadline of submission of graded (timed) prints of entries for the 1st batch.
December 17 (Mon)—Deadline of submission of graded (timed) prints of entries for the 2nd batch.
Submission of joint certifications with laboratories concerned that prints needed to service the theaters assigned to them shall be made available on time.
Submission of changes in the filmography charts, such as names of the leading performers and film genres.
December 17-21—Screening of the official entries by the Board of Jurors.
December 24—Parade of Stars in Metro Manila.
December 25, 2007 to January 7, 2008—Showing of official entries with first batch opening on Dec. 25 and second batch opening on January 1.
January 4, 2008—2007 MMFF-P awards night.