2003 Metro Manila Film Festival

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2003 Metro Manila Film Festival
Date December 25, 2003 (2003-12-25) to January 8, 2004 (2004-01-08)
Best Picture Crying Ladies
Most awards Crying Ladies, Mano Po 2: My Love, and Filipinas (5)

The 29th Metro Manila Film Festival was held in the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, Manila, Philippines, from December 25, 2003 to January 8, 2004.

Maricel Soriano and Eric Quizon were chosen the Best Actress and Best Actor respectively in the 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival for playing the eldest child roles in two different films. Soriano plays the oldest of six children in Viva Films' Filipinas, while Quizon plays the eldest son who, in keeping with Chinese tradition, hires professional mourners to weep at his father's funeral, in Unitel Pictures' Crying Ladies. Hilda Koronel, cast as a 1970s bit player whose career is on the wane in Crying Ladies, was named the Best Supporting Actress, while Victor Neri won as the Best Supporting Actor for playing the activist-middle son in Filipinas.[1]


There are two batches of films in competition, the first batch was shown from December 25, while the second batch was shown on January 1, 2004.

Title Starring Studio Director
First batch
Captain Barbell Ramon 'Bong' Revilla, Jr., Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Rufa Mae Quinto, Albert Martinez, Jeffrey Quizon, Snooky Serna, Antonio Aquitania, Sarah Geronimo VIVA Films Mac C. Alejandre
Crying Ladies Sharon Cuneta, Hilda Koronel, Angel Aquino, Eric Quizon, Ricky Davao, Julio Pacheco & Raymond Bagatsing Tony Gloria Production Mark Meily
Fantastic Man Vic Sotto, Ara Mina, Michael V., Zoren Legaspi, Leo Martinez, Danica Sotto, Alicia Mayer Octoarts Films Tony Y. Reyes
Filipinas Maricel Soriano, Richard Gomez, Aiko Melendez, Dawn Zulueta, Victor Neri, Wendell Ramos, Raymond Bagatsing, Andrea del Rosario, Sunshine Dizon, Tanya Garcia, Anne Curtis, Armida Siguon- Reyna, Sarah Geronimo VIVA Films Joel Lamangan
Homecoming Elizabeth Oropesa and Alessandra de Rossi Teamwork Productions Gil Portes
Malikmata Rica Peralejo, Marvin Agustin, Dingdong Dantes, Ricky Davao, Wowie de Guzman, Anna Capri, Nikki Valdez and Ms. Barbara Perez Octoarts Films Jose Javier Reyes
Mano Po II: My Home Susan Roces, Christopher de Leon, Lorna Tolentino, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Kris Aquino, Judy Ann Santos, Carmina Villaroel, Jay Manalo, Cogie Domingo, Richard Gutierrez, Zoren Legaspi, Alessandra de Rossi, Karylle, Chynna Ortaleza, Angel Locsin Regal Films Erik Matti
Second batch
Bridal Shower Dina Bonnevie, Cherry Pie Picache, Francine Prieto, Christian Vasquez, Rodel Velayo, Boots Anson-Roa, Gina Pareno, Alfred Vargas, Douglas Robinson, Juancho Valentino Seiko Films Jeffrey Jeturian
Gagamboy Vhong Navarro, Jay Manalo, Aubrey Miles, Long Mejia, Bearwin Meily MAQ Productions Erik Matti

Winners and nominees[edit]


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[2]

Mark Meily, Best Director winner
Best Film Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
  • Victor Neri – Filipinas
Best Cinematography Best Production Design
Best Child Performer Best Editing
  • Vito Cajili - Malikmata
Best Original Story Best Screenplay
Best Original Theme Song Best Musical Score
  • ("Isang Pagtanaw") - Homecoming
  • Francis Guevarra and Ferdie Marquez - Malikmata
Best Visual Effects Best Make-up Artist
  • Florencio Pinero, Gretta Estoesta, and Oscar Buara - Fantastic Man
Best Sound Recording Best Float
  • Mike Idioma - Malikmata
Most Gender-Sensitive Film
  • Homecoming
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards

People's Choice awards[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[2]

People's Choice for Best Picture People's Choice for Best Actor
People's Choice for Best Actress

Multiple awards[edit]

Awards Film
5 Crying Ladies
Mano Po II: My Home
4 Malikmata
2 Homecoming

Box Office gross[edit]

Only final rankings as of January 8, 2004 were released, with the exception of the Top 4 movies.[3][4]

Entry Gross Ticket Sales
Captain Barbell ₱ 61,000,000*
Fantastic Man ₱ 55,000,000
Crying Ladies ₱ 49,000,000
Mano Po II: My Home ₱ 47,000,000
Bridal Shower
₱ 328,812,507.77


  2. ^ a b "Metro Manila Film Festival: Awards for 2003". Internet Movie Database. 
  3. ^ Aster Amoyo (January 19, 2004). "RATED A". Pilipino Star Ngayon & PinoyExchange. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ "MMFF 2003 Box Office". Inquirer Libre & PinoyExchange. January 12, 2004. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2002 Metro Manila Film Festival
Metro Manila Film Festival
Succeeded by
2004 Metro Manila Film Festival