2011 Metro Manila Film Festival

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2011 Metro Manila Film Festival
Date December 25, 2011 (2011-12-25) to January 5, 2012 (2012-01-05)
Official website website
Highlights
Best Picture Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Most awards Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story (12)
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The 37th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is the annual film festival in Manila, Philippines that is held from December 25, 2011 until the first week of January 2012. During the festival, no foreign films are shown in Philippine theaters in order to showcase locally produced films.

The gangster movie Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story reaped the most number of awards including the Best Picture, Best Director for Tikoy Aguiluz, at the 37th Metro Manila Film Festival "Gabi ng Parangal" on Wednesday night. "Asiong" is a remake of the 1961 film that starred former President Joseph Estrada. It is based on the life of a Tondo gangster in the 1950s, who was responsible for much crime but eluded capture using his wits and charm. The movie also won the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards, which is given to a film that "embodies the values of Filipinos and the country’s heritage, history and culture".

Enteng Ng Ina Mo, featuring the team-up comedians Vic Sotto and Ai Ai delas Alas, won the Second Best Picture award as well as this year's festival top-grosser, while the Shake, Rattle & Roll 13 directed by Leo Martinez, Jerrold Tarog and Richard Somes, bagged the Third Best Picture award.[1]

This year's festival also started giving wider choices to viewers by showcasing independent films under the New Wave category (former named the "Indie Films").[2]

Changes from previous years[edit]

In 2010, the film festival had undergone some changes. One change is that the festival format will give a tribute to independent "indie" films. For the first time in the 36 editions of the Metro Manila Film Festival, it paid tribute to the independent filmmakers in the country by featuring five indie films in addition to the eight mainstream movie entries in the 36th Metro Manila Film Festival.[3]

In September 2011, Atty. Francis Tolentino, chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) changed the category name of "Indie" films to "New Wave" films to make it sound better and more attractive to hear, as well as including "Student Short Film Category" for the first time.[4] The New Wave category starts during this year's festival.[5]

Official Entries[edit]

Originally, there were eight mainstream films in the 2011 film festival. However, due to some issues, Hototay, which is supposedly the comeback movie of Nora Aunor, and Mr. Wong of Robin Padilla were pulled out of the festival. One of these spots will be filled in by the ninth movie, which did not make it earlier to the official list. This would be Manila Kingpin: The Untold Story of Asiong Salonga.[6] Two films also submitted their scripts as their entries but did not make it to the official list. They are Spring Films' Kimmy Dora N D Temple of Kiyeme and Star Cinema's Love Will Lead You Back.[7]

Mainstream Film entries[edit]

Title Starring Studio Director Genre
Enteng ng Ina Mo! Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai delas Alas Star Cinema, OctoArts Films, M-Zet Films, APT Entertainment Tony Y. Reyes Action
Fantasy/Adventure
Comedy-Drama
My Househusband (Ikaw Na!) Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo, Eugene Domingo OctoArts Films Jose Javier Reyes Comedy-Drama
Ang Panday 2 Bong Revilla, Phillip Salvador, Marian Rivera, Iza Calzado, Rhian Ramos, Eddie Garcia GMA Films, Imus Production Mac Alejandre Action
Fantasy/Adventure
Segunda Mano Kris Aquino, Angelica Panganiban, Dingdong Dantes Star Cinema, MJM Productions, Agostodo Pictures Joyce Bernal Horror/Suspense
Shake, Rattle & Roll 13 Maricar Reyes, Zanjoe Marudo, Kathryn Bernardo Regal Entertainment Chris Martinez
("Rain, Rain Go Away"),
Richard Somes
("Tamawo"),
Jerrold Tarog
("Parola")
Horror
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Maricel Soriano, Gabby Concepcion, Jericho Rosales, Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana, Lovi Poe, Paulo Avelino, Solenn Heussaff, Agot Isidro, Eula Caballero Regal Entertainment Inc. Jun Lana Drama
Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story George "E.R" Estregan, Carla Abellana, Phillip Salvador, Baron Geisler, VIVA Communications Inc., Scenema Concept International Tikoy Aguiluz Action
Drama

Indie films[edit]

For the second time in the 37 editions of the Metro Manila Film Festival, it paid tribute to the independent filmmakers in the country by featuring fourteen "Indie films" under the New Wave category in addition to the seven mainstream movie entries in the MMFF. These films were exhibited from December 17 to 21, 2011.[2]

Awards[edit]

Dingdong Dantes, Best Actor winner
John Regala, Best Supporting Actor winner
Eugene Domingo, Best Supporting Actress winner
Bugoy Carino, Best Child Performer winner
Ely Buendia, Best Original Theme Song performer
Imee Marcos, Creator of Best Full-Length film in the New Wave category winner (with Nelson Caguila)
Judy Ann Santos, Female Sexiest Appeal Celebrity of the Night
Ryan Agoncillo, Kutis Ganda Award - Male

On December 28, 2011 at Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, the Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night was held. The awards night was aired on ABS-CBN on January 1, 2012.[8][9]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.

Major Awards[edit]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Child Performer Best Original Story
Best Screenplay Best Production Design
Best Editing Best Musical Score
Best Sound Recording Best Original Theme Song
Best Visual Effects Best Make-up
Best Cinematography Best Float
Most Gender- Sensitivity Film Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards

New Wave category[edit]

Best Full-Length Film Best Student Film
Best Actress Best Actor
Gender Sensitivity Award Special Jury Prize
  • HIV - Neil Tan (Full-Length Category)
  • Speechless - Miriam College (Student Category)

Biyahe ni Barbie - Kookai Labayen of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

Special awards[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award Eddie Garcia
Posthumous Award for Film Service and Excellence Lito Calzado
Kutis Ganda Award - Male Ryan Agoncillo
Kutis Ganda Award - Female Ai Ai delas Alas
Male Sexiest Appeal Celebrity of the Night ER Ejercito
Female Sexiest Appeal Celebrity of the Night Judy Ann Santos
Ellen Lising Male Face of the Night Richard Gomez
Ellen Lising Female Face of the Night Iza Calzado

Multiple awards[edit]

Mainstream films with multiple awards[edit]

The following films received one or multiple awards:

Awards Film
12 Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
3 Shake, Rattle & Roll 13
Enteng Ng Ina Mo
2 My Househusband (Ikaw Na!)
Ang Panday 2
1 Segunda Mano
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Indie films with multiple awards[edit]

The following films received one or multiple awards:

Awards Film
2 Pintakasi
HIV
1 Payaso
Speechless
Mate
Biyahe ni Barbie

Ceremony Information[edit]

Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story film got the most awards including the Best Picture. ER Ejercito states: "This film has gone through a lot...We didn't even think we'd be included in the festival lineup..."[10]

On the other hand, Eugene Domingo was adjudged Best Supporting Actress for the comedy My House Husband: Ikaw Na! directed by Jose Javier Reyes. She dedicated her trophy to the film's lead actors and real-life couple Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo. The film, about a man forced to take care of the household and two kids after he lost his bank manager job, also won the Gender Sensitivity award, which is given to a film that "respects the many aspects of an individual without bias, especially on the topic of sex".

Dingdong Dantes, who was named Best Actor for his performance in the Joyce Bernal suspense-thriller Segunda Mano, which Dantes also co-produced, did not attend the awards show. In the same way, Maricel Soriano who was heralded as Best Actress for her work in the Jun Lana family drama Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, was also not there. During the giving of the Posthumous Award for Excellence, Iza Calzado represented the recipient director/choreographer Lito Calzado, and accepted the award.

Along with the mainstream films, furthermore, the independent films are given awards under the New Wave category. In 2010, the MMFF began showcasing independent films to give viewers wider choices. This year, the animated film Pintakasi won for Best Full-Length Film under this section. Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos who produced Pintakasi said it took her team, Creative Media Society of the Philippines, or CreaM, four years to make it. She states: "I salute those who support original Filipino animation, music and content".[11]

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow film disqualification for some awards[edit]

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, a Regal Entertainment production, was disqualified from four categories — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards — for "deviating from the pre-approved story line", MMFF executive committee chair Francis Tolentino had earlier said. Tolentino is also chair of the Metro Manila Development Authority, which hosts the annual ceremony. On the morning of Dec. 28, consequently, Regal matriarch Lily Monteverde and director Lana met with some executive committee members to try and convince them to reconsider their decision. Nevertheless, the committee denied Regal’s appeal.[12]

Inclusion of Aguiluz' name[edit]

The heralded Best Picture Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story, also wins the Best Director award for Tikoy Aguiluz, who was not around to receive his trophy. However, Aguiluz had protested the inclusion of his name in the film's credits and promotional materials. He said "Asiong" had been reshot, reedited and rescored without his knowledge, therefore, it could not be attributed to him.[13]

On Dec. 20, Aguiluz filed a complaint in the Intellectual Property Rights Office against producer Maylyn Villalon of Scenema Concept International for infringement of Republic Act No. 8293, the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. Aguiluz further accused the producers of "violating" his rights as the film's director.

At the award ceremony held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World in Pasay City, it was "Asiong" associate director Gary dela Cruz's name that was called out as Best Director. However, lead actor Laguna Gov. ER Ejercito said that he (dela Cruz) was accepting the trophy on behalf of Aguiluz. He says in his acceptance speech: "Direk Tikoy worked hard for this film. He labored for nine months, for 40 shooting days …". Je adds: "You're one of the best and brightest directors in the country. Pasensya ka na. (Forgive us). There were decisions the producers had to make to improve the film..." as he addressed the absent Aguiluz.[10]

Mark Meily, a director and committee member states: "They (MMFF executive committee) just had to put in a name for director, but for all intents and purposes it was Tikoy who directed the film".

Reception[edit]

The film festival lasted from December 25, 2011 through January 7, 2012. According to Philippine Entertainment Portal, the list is the ranking of the films based on their official gross receipts as of the final day of the festival, January 7, 2012.[14] Enteng Ng Ina Mo broke MMFF box office records, having a total gross of P237,879,178.70. In addition, the film becomes the third Filipino film of 2011 to surpass the P200 million mark behind the box-office success of The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin and No Other Woman as well as being the third highest grossing Filipino film of all time. Coming in second place is Segunda Mano, who surpassed Ang Panday 2 in the box office race. The top two films were co-produced by Star Cinema.[1]

Rank Film Total 2-week Gross Studio(s)
1 Enteng Ng Ina Mo P237,879,178.70 Star Cinema, OctoArts Films, M-Zet Films, APT Entertainment
2 Segunda Mano P126,630,979.00 Star Cinema, MJM Productions, Agostodos Pictures
3 Ang Panday 2 P105,603,500.25 GMA Films, Imus Productions
4 My Househusband (Ikaw Na!) P62,074,350.58 OctoArts Films
5 Shake, Rattle & Roll 13 P51,826,282.87 Regal Entertainment
6 Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story P38,437,416.80 VIVA Communications Inc., Scenema Concept International
7 Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow P10,682,902.35 Regal Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b MMFF 2011 Box-Office Results: Enteng Ng Ina Mo is the runaway winner; Segunda Mano comes in second via PEP.ph
  2. ^ a b View complete screening schedule of the New Wave entries of the 37th MMFF on PEP.ph
  3. ^ "Changes in 2010 MMFF introduced". Yahoo. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  4. ^ "‘Indie’ out, ‘New Wave’ in". Tempo. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  5. ^ View complete screening schedule of the New Wave entries of the 37th MMFF on PEP.ph
  6. ^ "7 entries in Metro Manila Film Festival". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  7. ^ "(UPDATED) Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2011 Official Entries". MovieNews. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  8. ^ "The 37th MMFF Awards and Nominations". pep.ph. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  9. ^ "Winners of the New Wave category of the 37th MMFF unveiled". pep.ph. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  10. ^ a b Ejercito, ER. "37th Metro Manila Film Festival". Awards Ceremony. Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City. December 28, 2011.
  11. ^ Marcos, Imee. "37th Metro Manila Film Festival". Awards Ceremony. Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City. December 28, 2011.
  12. ^ "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow disqualified from four categories of the 37th MMFF". Pep.ph. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
  13. ^ "Through the years: Controversies in the MMFF". Business World Online. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  14. ^ Enteng ng Ina Mo leads 37th MMFF; Segunda Mano overtakes Ang Panday 2 in the box-office via PEP.ph

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2010 Metro Manila Film Festival
Metro Manila Film Festival
2011
Succeeded by
2012 Metro Manila Film Festival