For the eighth straight year, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) brings you a special microsite featuring the highlights of the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) and its official movie entries and their stars.
This Christmas season, movie audiences have plenty of options for their annual tradition of patronizing Filipino movies: an action comedy, two horror stories, a love story, two romantic comedies, an action thriller, and a suspense thriller.
These will be shown in cinemas nationwide starting on Christmas Day, December 25.
The 8 official entries to this year’s MMFF are as follows: Beauty and the Bestie; Buy Now, Die Later; Haunted Mansion; All You Need is Pag-ibig; Nilalang; My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore; Walang Forever; and Honor Thy Father.
The MMFF is now celebrating its 41st year.
The special microsite by PEP.ph features the synopsis of each movie entry along with news updates on their stars. Readers can also browse through photo galleries showing the celebrities hard at work on the set of their respective movies.
Readers can also expect real-time updates on the much-awaited parade of stars, and the glamorous awards night culminating the film fest.
For the 41st edition, there are eight official movie entries to the Mainstream section of MMFF 2015:
Beauty and the Bestie features the debut of the Vice Ganda-Coco Martin tandem on the big screen, as they play former best friends who are reunited in a police mission. Adding to the kilig will be the Jadine tandem of James Reid and Nadine Lustre.
Buy Now, Die Later features five stories relating to the five human senses, each involving a deal with the owner of a curio shop (played by TJ Trinidad). Vhong Navarro, Alex Gonzaga, Rayver Cruz, Lotlot de Leon, and Janine Gutierrez play the hapless victims who realize that every bargain comes with a price.
(Read: MOVIE REVIEW: Good acting saves Buy Now, Die Later)
Haunted Mansion tells the story of teenagers who find themselves in an old retreat house inhabited by ghosts. Janella Salvador stars in the movie with Marlo Mortel and Jerome Ponce.
(Read: MOVIE REVIEW: Good direction, plot twist save awkward cast of Haunted Mansion)
All You Need is Pag-ibig, starring Kris Aquino and Derek Ramsay, tackles the varied forms of love through the intertwined stories of its characters. Joining the cast are Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, Kim Chiu, and Xian Lim.
Nilalang pairs Cesar Montano and Japanese former porn star Maria Ozawa in an action-packed thriller about an NBI agent, a curse, and a Yakuza’s daughter.
(Read: MOVIE REVIEW: Nilalang depends on powerful action sequences, good actors)
My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore brings Vic Sotto and Ai-Ai delas Alas onscreen as they play bitter rivals forced to work together to stop a romance from blossoming. The love team of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza (aka Yaya Dub) will make a grand debut via this movie.
Walang Forever pairs Jennylyn Mercado (who is cast as a celebrated romantic comedy writer) with Jericho Rosales. When they break up, the guy pursues his career as an app developer in Taiwan. When he returns, the ex-lovers cross paths once again, prompting them to question if there is a "forever" for both of them.
(Read: MOVIE REVIEW: Jericho Rosales and Jennylyn Mercado show power of love in Walang Forever)
Honor Thy Father stars John Lloyd Cruz and Meryll Soriano as a married couple who unwittingly become involved in a get-rich-quick scheme that dupes their fellow church members. Out of desperation, John Lloyd's character resorts to his shady past as an acetylene gang member in order to ensure the safety of his family.
(Read: MOVIE REVIEW: John Lloyd Cruz shows sinister side in Honor Thy Father)
NEW WAVE SECTION
Five full-length features were chosen as finalists in the MMFF 2015 New Wave Section.
Prior to watching the mainstream entries, viewers have the option to see these independently produced films that will shown at SM Megamall, Glorietta 4, and Robinsons Movieworld Manila cinemas from December 17 to 24, 2015.
These are as follows:
ARI: My Life with a King is a story about a young boy played by Ronwaldo Martin who sets out to the ash-covered province of Pampanga 25 years after a destructive volcanic eruption. The younger brother of Coco Martin meets the guardian of their vanishing language (Conrado Guinto, the crowned king of Kapampangan poets) as he searches for his cultural heritage that was nearly wiped out by the disaster.
Mandirigma tells the story of soldiers caught in the middle of war. When Lt. Arlan Salcedo (played by Luis Alandy) was about to go home, a terrorist attack occurs, and he finds himself in the frontlines again facing a new battle. The movie also stars Ping Medina, Alwyn Uytingco, and Victor Basa, among others.
Toto, with Sid Lucero in the title role, tells of a young man's struggle to get out of the shadow of his deadbeat father (played by Bembol Roco). As he does everything in his power to achieve his dream of going to the United States, he deals with his lady love (played by Mara Lopez), his best friend (played by Thou Reyes), his cross-dressing cousin (played by Rafa Siguion-Reyna), and a mysterious Fil-Am lady (played by Liza Dino).
Turo Turo is the heartwarming story of a devoted father Maryo (played by AJ Dee), who strives to support his family despite being poor, uneducated, and illiterate. His son Nilo helps him by teaching him how to read and write as he knows education is their only hope of escaping poverty. Enchong Dee also stars in this movie along with Janna Dominguez, Paolo Paraiso, and Marife Necesito.
Tandem features two brothers who are tandem robbers on a motorbike. When a robbery goes horribly wrong, the characters of JM de Guzman and Nico Antonio are forced to become high-profile hit men. As they try to escape the clutches of corrupt policemen, their relationship is put to the test.
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