1997 Metro Manila Film Festival

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1997 Metro Manila Film Festival
DateDecember 25, 1997 (1997-12-25) to January 3, 1998 (1998-01-03)
Best PictureNasaan ang Puso
Most awardsNasaan ang Puso (10)

The 23rd Metro Manila Film Festival was held in 1997.

MaQ Productions' Nasaan ang Puso won the most awards at the festival with ten, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Maricel Soriano, Best Actor for Christopher de Leon and the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards among others. Viva Films and Neo Films' Magic Kingdom followed with six awards including the Best Float and the Third Best Picture Award. Meanwhile, the Second Best Picture, Gem's Babae got four awards. The festival also showcases the first Filipino full-length animated film Adarna: The Mythical Bird.[1]


Title Starring Studio Director
Adarna: The Mythical Bird Voices of: Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, Boots Anson-Roa, Martin Nievera and Regine Velasquez Guiding Light Productions and FLT Films International Gerry A. Garcia
Anak ng Bulkan Tom Taus, Jr., Beth Tamayo, Amy Austria, Bembol Roco, Lloyd Samartino, Denise Joaquin Premiere Entertainment Productions Cirio H. Santiago
Babae Nora Aunor, Judy Ann Santos, Jao Mapa, Nida Blanca, Mark Gil, Luis Gonzales GEM Lupita Kashiwahara
Magic Kingdom: Ang Alamat ng Damortis Jason Salcedo, Junell Hernando, Janus del Prado, Anne Curtis, Mark Gil, William Martinez, Ramon Christopher, Maricel Laxa VIVA Films and Neo Films Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes
Nasaan ang Puso Christopher de Leon, Maricel Soriano, Judy Ann Santos, Spencer Reyes, Gina Pareno, Ronaldo Valdez MAQ Productions Chito Roño
Padre Kalibre Eddie Garcia, Monsour Del Rosario, Eddie Gutierrez, Dan Fernandez and Aya Medel Virtual Cinema International Val Iglesias

Winners and nominees[edit]


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.

Best Film Best Director
  • Nasaan ang Puso - MaQ Productions
    • Babae - GEM (2nd Best Picture)
    • Magic Kingdom - Viva Films and Neo Films (3rd Best Picture)
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Production Design Best Cinematography
  • Bradley J. Mayer - Magic Kingdom
  • Richard Padernal - Magic Kingdom
Best Child Performer Best Editing
  • Jaime Davila - Nasaan ang Puso
Best Original Story Best Screenplay
  • Ruel Bayani - Babae
Best Original Theme Song Best Musical Score
  • Babae
  • Jesse Lasaten - Nasaan ang Puso
Best Visual Effects Best Make-up Artist
  • Manuel Benito - Magic Kingdom
Best Sound Recording Best Float
  • Albert Idiona, Ronaldo Asis and Arnold Reodica - Nasaan ang Puso
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards
  • Nasaan ang Puso - MaQ Productions

Multiple awards[edit]

Awards Film
10 Nasaan ang Puso
6 Magic Kingdom
4 Babae


External links[edit]

Preceded by
1996 Metro Manila Film Festival
Metro Manila Film Festival
Succeeded by
1998 Metro Manila Film Festival