This year's edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival will have all eight official entries opening today, Christmas Day. Families have the option of choosing among the different genres offered by the Festival. There is much to learn from the historical film Baler, which stars Jericho Rosales and Anne Curtis. Produced by Viva Films, the film tackles the Siege of Baler that took place in 1898. (Click HERE to read PEP's review of Baler)
Those with young kids may opt to watch Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia, the first animated film to be included in the Metro Manila Filmfest. Nash Aguas and Katrina "Hopia" Legaspi lend their voices to this film, as well as veteran stars Nova Villa, Noel Trinidad, Peque Gallaga, and many more. (Click HERE to read PEP's review of Dayo)
Regal Entertainment brings back the four beautiful half-sisters in Desperadas 2. They will have one additional member to their growing family: an African princess named Luga Luda. Ruffa Gutierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto, Marian Rivera, and Iza Calzado will come face-to-face with Ogie Alcasid as he portrays a woman who is attracted to a much younger guy (portrayed by Be Bench winner Carlo Guevarra).
Vic Ungasis and the EscaIera brothers reunite for Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After. Vic Sotto's charcter is now teaching at Wanbol University and is already considered a famous archaelogist. He taps his friends to search for a magical silver coin that is believed to grant immortality to the bearer. The presence of Joey de Leon and Tito Sotto as well as other beloved characters like Miss Tapia should give moviegoers a healthy dose of nostalgia for the popular TV show.
Bring extra hankies when you watch Magkaibigan. Starring Jinggoy Estrada and Christopher de Leon, this MMFF entry is about the two bosom buddies who have to deal with the fact that one of them is diagnosed with cancer.
Rated R13 by the MTRCB, One Night Only offers a sexually charged situation involving a movie star, a reporter, a congressman, a hairdresser, a lesbian and a gold-digging playgirl. Follow what happens to them in a span of nine hours when they all end up in the same motel called Lover's Hideaway.
The tenth edition of Shake, Rattle and Roll offers three stories for the price of one. In "Emergency," the hospital staff must fight off bloodthirsty creatures. In "Class Picture," high school students spending the night at their school are haunted by the spirit of a demented nun. In "Nieves," a retired monster slayer comes back to save her townmates.
Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat is now the Inang Bayan! Ina Montecillo (Ai-Ai delas Alas) transforms herself from being a chambermaid in Malacañang to the President of the Philippines. How will she deal with national problems when she begins to neglect domestic problems concerning her brood of twelve children? (Click HERE to read PEP's review of Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat)
PARADE OF STARS. Every year, the Metro Manila Development Authority has been organizing the annual parade showcasing the talent and imagination of float makers. Yesterday, December 24, the traditional Parade of Stars took place and was aired live by RPN-9. The starting point was at the Manila Hotel and the floats of the official entries passed by Baywalk and Baclaran before heading to SM Mall of Asia where a huge stage was set up. Kuya Germs, Pauleen Luna, and K Brosas were the main emcees who interviewed the stars of the MMFF entries. In key points of the parade, other hosts such as Smokey Manoloto, Candy Pangilinan, Kitkat, and Ogie Diaz, gave commentaries on the floats.
While waiting for the stars to arrive at the main stage, several performers entertained the crowd with their song-and-dance numbers. These included SOP mainstay Jan Nieto, Star Magic talent Karla Humphries, young star Makisig Morales, and the sexy singing group Koolchx.
The awarding ceremony of the 34th Metro Manila Film Festival will take place this Saturday, December 27, at Hotel Sofitel. Afterwards, Katy the Musical will be staged in the same venue with lead stars KC Concepcion and Jericho Rosales.