1978 Metro Manila Film Festival
|1978 Metro Manila Film Festival|
|Date||25 December 1978|
|Most awards||Atsay (4)|
Ian Film Productions' Atsay received the most awards, with a total of four including Best Picture Award in the highly contested 1978 Metro Manila Film Festival. The movie also won for Nora Aunor the Best Performer Award, the first and only awardee of the category. Sampaguita Pictures' Rubia Servios bagged two awards: Best Screenplay for Mario O'Hara and Best Editing for Jose Tarnate. RVQ's Jack n' Jill of the Third Kind was the top grosser of the festival.
|Title of Movie||Starring||Studio||Director|
|Ang Huling Lalaki ng Baluarte||Rey Malonzo, Tina Monasterio||SQ Film Productions||Artemio Marquez|
|Atsay||Nora Aunor, Ronald Corveau, Amy Austria, Armida Siguon-Reyna, Roldan Aquino, Renato Robles, Lilian Laing, Angie Ferro, Bella Flores||Ian Film Productions||Eddie Garcia|
|Garrote: Jai Alai King||Christopher de Leon, Marianne dela Riva, Dranreb, Johnny Delgado, Amy Austria, Cynthia Gonzales, Allan Valenzuela, Manny Luna||VP Pictures||Manuel 'Fyke' Cinco|
|Jack n'Jill of the Third Kind||Dolphy, Nora Aunor, Rolly Quizon, Panchito, Paquito Diaz, Martin Marfil, Georgie Quizon, Max Vera||RVQ Productions||Frank Gray Jr.|
|Katawang Alabok||Robert Arevalo, Daisy Romualdez, Orestes Ojeda, Janet Bordon, Vic Silayan, Lorna Tolentino, Manny Luna, Anita Linda, Lucita Soriano||Agrix Film Productions||Emmanuel H. Borlaza|
|Kid Kaliwete||Bembol Roco, George Estregan, Trixia Gomez and Jean Saburit, Joonee Gamboa, Cynthia Gonzales, Val Iglesias||Associated Entertainment Corp.||Manuel Cinco|
|Rubia Servios||Vilma Santos, Mat Ranillo III, Phillip Salvador||Sampaguita Pictures||Lino Brocka|
|Salonga||Rudy Fernandez, George Estregan, Trixia Gomez, Ruel Vernal, Raul Aragon, Dencio Padilla, Amy Austria, Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia, Jose Romulo, Veronica Jones||MBM Productions||Romy Suzara|
|The Jess Lapid Story||Lito Lapid, Beth Bautista||Mirick Films||Gallardo|
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
|Best Film||Best Director|
|Best Performer||Best Editing|
|Best Screenplay||Best Cinematography|
|Best Art Direction|
Films with multiple awards
The following films received one or multiple awards:
"Noranians" versus "Vilmanians"
The board of jurors decided to not award honors for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for some reasons. Instead, the jurors gave Nora Aunor a "Best Performer" award for her role in the movie Atsay. Ms. Aunor beat Ms. Santos, whom fortune-tellers on the talk show of Inday Badiday had predicted would win the award for her role in the movie Rubia Servios. Confident that she would win, Ms. Santos reportedly went to the awards night at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in an expensive couture gown. After the awards ceremonies, Ms. Santos reportedly got so drunk she passed out.
In addition, the giving of the best performer award sent many anti-Aunor sectors to protest. Consequently the next years, when Santos won the Best Actress award for her performance in Imortal in 1989, Noranians were very angry about the decision.
Atsay vs. Rubia Servios commentary
In 1979, Isagani Cruz of TV Times commented about Atsay and Rubia Servios. He states: "Rubia Servios is Lino Brocka's film; Atsay is Eddie Garcia's. Nora does an excellent acting job; but so does Vilma Santos, and Rubia is a much more demanding and difficult role. Edgardo M. Reyes is an established literary figure, but Mario O'Hara is much better screenwriter. Overall, Atsay may be much more impressive than Rubia Servios. In terms of challenging our moral and legal convictions, however, Rubia Servios is much more significant."
Box Office gross
|MMFF Entry||Gross Ticket Sales|
|Jack n' Jill of the Third Kind||P 20.3 million*|
|Atsay||P 14.0 million|
|Salonga (film)||P 7.8 million|
|Jess Lapid Story||P 7.0 million|
|Rubia Servios||P 6.5 million|
|Kid Kaliwete||P 5.0 million|
|Katawang Alabok||P 3.5 million|
|Garrote: Jai-Alai King||P 2.5 million|
|Ang Huling Lalaki ng Baluarte||P 1.0 million|
- "THE 1978 METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL: NORA'S "ATSAY" VS. VILMA'S "RUBIA SERVIOS"". Video 48. Retrieved 2014-04-11.
- "Metro Manila Film Festival:1978". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
- "Through the years: Controversies in the MMFF". Business World Online. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
- "A look at the past MMFF controversies". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
- Isagani Cruz. Atsay and Rubia Servios comment. TV Times. 1979.
1977 Metro Manila Film Festival
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1979 Metro Manila Film Festival