Your favorite stars are on parade!
The Metro Manila Film Fest (MMFF) Parade of Stars 2015 started on the afternoon of December 23, 2015 as a prelude to the grand opening of the annual film festival on December 25.
Every year, the MMFF's official movie entries put out gigantic and creative parade floats carrying the biggest stars in the movie industry. For millions of movie fans, this is the start of a much-awaited film festival showcasing different genres of Filipino films.
Starting at the kick-off point at Coral Way near SM Arena, the parade passed J.W. Diokno then moved on to EDSA Extension. From here, the floats traversed Roxas Boulevard, turned left at South Road, and right at Independence Road. The parade culminated at the Quirino Grandstand.
For 2015, the following movies made it to the MMFF's magic eight:
Let the parade begin!
Leading the parade is Walang Forever, a movie which brings together Jennylyn Mercado and Jericho Rosales as long-distance lovers with a love-hate relationship. Jennylyn and Jericho are on board a simple float, which highlights the movie's poster.
(Read: MOVIE REVIEW: Jericho Rosales and Jennylyn Mercado show power of love in Walang Forever)
Nilalang is up next with its classic black and red float. The movie pairs Cesar Montano and former Japanese porn actress Maria Ozawa in an action-packed thriller about a cop, a curse, and a Yakuza's daughter.
(Read: MOVIE REVIEW: Nilalang depends on powerful action sequences, good actors)
Buy Now, Die Later passes by in a float dressed up as Santi's, the curio shop featured in the movie. The movie features five stories relating to the five human senses, each involving a deal with the owner of a curio shop. Among the movie's cast members are Vhong Navarro, Alex Gonzaga, Rayver Cruz, TJ Trinidad, Lotlot de Leon, John "Sweet" Lapus, and Janine Gutierrez.
(Read: MOVIE REVIEW: Good acting saves Buy Now, Die Later)
Beauty and the Bestie's float is decked in red, blue, and green, and features the icons of Beauty (a beauty queen's crown) and Bestie (a toughie's cap). This action comedy movie 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.
(Read: MMFF 2015 REVIEW: Beauty and the Bestie capitalizes on strengths of Vice Ganda, Coco Martin and Jadine)
Haunted Mansion recreates the eerie setting in which strange things happen--an old mansion inhabited by ghosts. Haunted Mansion tells the story of teenagers who find themselves dealing with these supernatural beings. Janella Salvador stars in the MMFF 2015 entry with Marlo Mortel and Jerome Ponce. Iza Calzado, Joem Bascon, and LJ Reyes are also part of this horror flick.
(Read: MOVIE REVIEW: Good direction, plot twist save awkward cast of Haunted Mansion)
All You Need is Pag-ibig is all about love, love, love! The movie's float is bedecked with red hearts all over, popping out against a yellow and green background. All You Need is Pag-ibig stars Kris Aquino and Derek Ramsay, and 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.
(Read: MOVIE REVIEW: All You Need is Pag-ibig is a light-hearted movie with a wake-up call)
More hearts adorn the float of My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore. At front and center are huge comic faces of its lead stars Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Alden Richards, and Maine Mendoza (aka Yaya Dub). The movie reunites Vic and Ai-Ai onscreen as they play bitter rivals forced to work together to stop a romance from blossoming. Alden and Maine make their grand movie debut in this movie.
(Read: MOVIE REVIEW: Maine excels as newbie in My Bebe Love; movie entertains regardless of predictable plot)
Honor Thy Father recreates the rocky mountains of Bontoc, where John Lloyd Cruz's character hails from. He stars with Meryll Soriano and together they play the role of a couple unwillingly drawn into a scam and thrust into a desperate situation.
Catch these films on the big screen when the MMFF officially starts on December 25!