2008 Metro Manila Film Festival

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2008 Metro Manila Film Festival
Date December 25, 2008 (2008-12-25) to January 7, 2009 (2009-01-07)
Official website website
Best Picture Baler
Most awards Baler (10)
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The 34th Annual 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival started from December 25, 2008.

This year's festival is considered quite historical because it included for the first time an animated film, Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia, as one of its official entries. This year also marks the return of the Escalera brothers in Iskul Bukol 20 Years After (Ungasis and Escaleras Adventure) and the hardworking mother, Ina Montecillo in Ang Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat.

Compared to last year's nine official entries, however, this year has only eight, all of which are being shown simultaneously during the 10-day run of the film fest. The lineup includes four comedy movies, two dramatic flicks, a horror trilogy and a digital animated film. It is expected to run from December 25, 2008 to January 7, 2009. All official entries are open on Christmas Day.

Viva Films' Baler, which aims to retell a contentious event of the Philippine revolution that happened in the church of San Luis de Tolosa in Baler, Aurora from July 1998 to June 1899, won ten awards including the Best Picture, Best Actress for Anne Curtis, Best Director for Mark Meily and the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards among others.

The entry with the second most number of awards was the festival's first-ever animated film, Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia, which won four awards including the Best Visual Effects for Robert Quilao, Best Musical Score for Jessie Lasaten, Best Theme Song entitled "Lipad" written by Jessie Lasaten and Artemio Abad Jr., and performed by Lea Salonga, as long as the Best Sound Production for Albert Idioma and Wally Dellosa.

This year's box office top grossers, Star Cinema's Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat and the OctoArts Films-M-Zet Productions-APT Entertainment collaboration Iskul Bukol 20 Years After won Second and Third Festival's Best Picture awards respectively.[1]

Films in competition[edit]

All eight films included in the competition are being simultaneously shown from December 25, 2008.[2]

Title of Movie Starring Studio Director
Ang Tanging Ina Ninyong Lahat Ai-Ai de las Alas, Eugene Domingo, Shaina Magdayao, Carlo Aquino, Serena Dalrymple Alwyn Uytingco & Jiro Manio Star Cinema Wenn V. Deramas
Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Tito Sotto, Sharon Cuneta, Nicole Uysiuseng, Keempee de Leon, Bianca King, Francine Prieto & Benjie Paras OctoArts Films Tony Y. Reyes
Shake, Rattle & Roll X Marian Rivera, Diana Zubiri, Jennica Garcia, Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Jean Garcia, Mylene Dizon, JC De Vera, Roxanne Guinoo, Denise Laurel & Wendell Ramos Regal Entertainment Mike Tuviera and Topel Lee
Desperadas 2: All They Need is Love Ruffa Gutierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Iza Calzado, Marian Rivera, Ogie Alcasid, Will Devaughn & Nova Villa Regal Entertainment Joel Lamangan
Baler Anne Curtis, Jericho Rosales, Rio Locsin, Phillip Salvador, Nikki Bacolod & Carlo Aquino Viva Communications Mark Meily
One Night Only Katrina Halili, Alessandra de Rossi, Diana Zubiri, Jennylyn Mercado, Valerie Concepcion, Jon Avila, Ricky Davao, Empoy Marquez, Jayson Gainza, Joross Gamboa, Ogie Diaz & Chokoleit Canary Films Jose Javier Reyes
Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia Nash Aguas, Katrina Legaspi, Michael V., Noel Trinidad, Nova Villa, Pokwang & Johnny Delgado Cutting Edge Productions Robert Quilao
Magkaibigan Jinggoy Estrada, Christopher de Leon, Dawn Zulueta, AJ Perez, Empress Schuck & Maricel Laxa Maverick Films Jose Javier Reyes


The awards night of 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival was held on December 27, 2008, at Harbor Garden Tent, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila. The criteria that were used in the selection were: story, creativity, commercial viability, Filipino cultural values, global appeal and innovativeness. Historical film Baler won ten awards, including the Best Picture and Best Actress for Anne Curtis. Animated film Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia received four awards, including the Best Theme Song, "Lipad", performed by Lea Salonga. Sexy-comedy film One Night Only got two awards while Magkaibigan, Desperadas 2, and Shake, Rattle & Roll X won one each. Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After and Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat were the only two entries that won nothing besides the Third and Second Best Pictures respectively.[3]

Mark Meily, Best Director winner
Anne Curtis, Best Actress winner
Lea Salonga, Best Theme Song performer
Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography Best Production Design
Best Child Performer Best Editing
Best Original Story Best Screenplay
Best Original Theme Song Best Musical Score
Best Visual Effects Best Make-up Artist
  • Noli Villalobos - Desperadas 2
Best Sound Recording Best Float
Most Gender-Sensitive Film Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards

Multiple awards[edit]

Films with multiple awards[edit]

The following films received one or multiple awards:

Awards Film
10 Baler
4 Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia
2 One Night Only
1 Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat
Iskul Bukol 20 Years After
Shake, Rattle & Roll X
Desperadas 2

Ceremony information[edit]

Award winners[edit]

Curtis won her first-ever acting award for her portrayal of Baler lass Feliza Reyes in love with a Spanish-Filipino trooper Celso Resurreccion (Jericho Rosales) in the historic siege. She states: "The fact that I was up against veteran actresses, who have won numerous awards in the past, made this trophy even more meaningful..." She competed with veteran actresses Ai-Ai delas Alas (Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat), Maricel Laxa and Dawn Zulueta (both for Magkaibigan), among others, for the Best Actress title. She adds: "This is also for Echo (Rosales' nickname), who also worked really hard for this film. He's one of the best actors I know" as she told the Philippine Daily Inquirer shortly after the awards ceremony held at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City.[4]

In addition, Meily earned his second MMFF Best Director award after winning the same plum for Crying Ladies back in 2003. His wife Lee also took home her first MMFF award. Christopher de Leon, meanwhile, received his eighth festival Best Actor award, the most by any artist in its 34-year history, for a role inspired by the late Rudy Fernandez in the Maverick Films drama Magkaibigan opposite last year's awardee Jinggoy Estrada.

Comedian-TV host Manilyn Reynes pulled a surprise when she was named Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as a lesbian talent coordinator in Canary Films sex comedy One Night Only, which also won Best Original Story for its director Jose Javier Reyes. Reyes states: "She's a last minute replacement..." as he accepted the award in Manilyn's behalf. He adds: "I did not regret asking her to be a part of this film."[5]

Newcomer Robert Villar, better known in the fantasy series Dyesebel as the mermaid's trusted child friend "Buboy", won Best Child Performer in Regal Films horror franchise Shake, Rattle & Roll X. Regal's other festival entry, Desperadas 2, on the other hand, also won one award: Best Make-Up for Noli Villalobos.



As box-office receipts for the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) showed substantial growth over the previous year, questions concerning credibility and film quality issues remain. In an article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, writer Rita Asilo stated that the MMFF organizers' move of encouraging producers to make more movies by giving tax-based incentives even to poorly made films could be viewed as a bad example. She also states that moviegoers cannot be educated by equating noble intention or commercial viability with quality. If the trend continues, more moviegoers would insist that the stranglehold that MMFF has on play dates and theatrical distribution during the Christmas season should end.[6] Ultimately, the festival generated a grand total of P450,000,000 in ticket sales, an all-time record high.[7]

Box-office results[edit]

Film Gross (in ₱)[8][7]
December 25, 2008 December 26 December 27 December 28 December 29 December 31 January 7, 2009
Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat 20,900,000* 41,000,000* 57,000,000* 73,700,000* 87,900,000* 102,500,000* 171,000,000*
Iskul Bukol 20 Years After 18,900,000 35,600,000 46,000,000 57,300,000 65,100,000 72,600,000 107,000,000
Shake, Rattle & Roll X 13,100,000 22,900,000 29,000,000 35,400,000 40,500,000 45,700,000 68,000,000
Desperadas 2: All They Need is Love 13,000,000 35,910,000 31,980,000 22,000,000 23,600,000 27,300,000 49,300,000
Baler 5,300,000 15,200,000 - 18,900,000 21,300,000 24,500,000 35,800,000
One Night Only 1,500,000 2,700,000 - 4,200,000 4,900,000 5,700,000 10,500,000
Dayo: Sa Mundo ng Elementalia 1,200,000 2,200,000 - 3,200,000 3,700,000 4,100,000 5,600,000
Magkaibigan 600,000 1,000,000 - 1,400,000 1,500,000 1,600,000 2,100,000


  1. ^ "Baler wins most of filmfest awards « C O N U N D R U M". Andronico.wordpress.com. 2008-12-27. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  2. ^ Eight films will compete in 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival
  3. ^ Metro Manila Film Festival - Philippines 2008 box-office results and winners
  4. ^ Curtis, Anne. "34th Metro Manila Film Festival". Awards Ceremony. Harbor Garden Tent, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila. December 27, 2008.
  5. ^ Reyes, Jose Javier. "34th Metro Manila Film Festival". Awards Ceremony. Harbor Garden Tent, Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila. December 27, 2008.
  6. ^ Asilo, Rito (2009-01-02). "MMFF draws raves, rants". INQUIRER.net. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  7. ^ a b San Diego, Bayani Jr (2009-01-08). "Record-breaking year for MMFF". INQUIRER.net. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  8. ^ "'Tanging Ina Niyong Lahat' tops MMFF's first day box office". ABS-CBN News Online. 2008-12-26. Archived from the original on 4 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2007 Metro Manila Film Festival
Metro Manila Film Festival
Succeeded by
2009 Metro Manila Film Festival