Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino is planning to open archives to house past entries of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
During the appreciation dinner held at the Club Filipino last night, March 5, it was revealed that the eight entries of the 39th MMFF earned P999,302,000 in a span of two weeks.
This figure represents the box-office earnings of My Little Bossings, Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy, Pagpag, Kimmy Dora (Ang Kiyemeng Prequel), 10,000 Hours, Boy Golden: Shoot-to-Kill, Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir, and Kaleidoscope World.
Tolentino also disclosed the projects he is spearheading in time for the 40th edition of the MMFF this 2014.
"Sa Oktubre o Nobyembre, bubuksan po natin sa compound ng MMDA: one, ang MMFF Film Archives and Library.
"Lahat po ng pelikula na pinalabas ng 39 years of MMFF nandun.
"Two, we will have a New Wave video classroom for film students.
"Three, we will have a 122-seat theater for the MMFF at no cost to the MMFF.
"We will construct and finish the building by November this year. Ang pangalan sa sinehan: Metro Cinema.
"Bukas po ito sa mga mag-aaral ng sining pelikulang Pilipino, bukas po ito sa mga historians at bukas po ito sa inyong lahat. Ito ang balak kong iwan sa inyo."
His announcement was greeted with a round of applause from the audience.
He also wants to extend help to artists who are in dire need of medical assistance.
"Dapat po sana magkaroon ng sariling artist insurance fund at sariling hospital ward section.
"Dapat po sana magkaroon ng MMFF educational fund para sa ating mga bituin na nagkakasakit na nag-iwan ng mga anak na kailangan mag-aral.
"Yun ang pipilitin nating gawin para sa susunod na taon.
"Bahagi ito ng sinabi ko kanina na archives, library, New Wave video section at pagbubukas ng pinto sa mga kasamahan ninyo na may sakit."
The appreciation dinner served as a way to honor the winners of the 39th MMFF, some of whom were present last night.
These included Best Actress Maricel Soriano (for Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy) and Best Supporting Actor Pen Medina (who won for 10,000 Hours).
MMFF Best Child Performer Ryzza Mae Dizon entertained the crowd when she danced to the tune of "Look Up."
She even managed to get Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Maricel to dance onstage with her.
POLITICAL PLANS. Tolentino also announced that he will leave his position as head of the MMFF since he intends to run for mayor in Tagaytay City in the 2016 elections.
"Marahil po ito na ang huli kong appreciation dinner dahil sa 2015, babalik na po ako sa Tagaytay," said Tolentino who served as mayor of Tagaytay from 1995 to 2004.
He later added: "Gusto ko lang ipakita na wala akong vested interests dito. Tatapusin ko ang 40th year [ng MMFF], hopefully with flying colors, na-exceed yung nangyari nung 39th edition plus iiwan ko yung Metro Cinema. It's a structure. Ito yung talaga ang panghabambuhay na legacy.
"That will be done by November."
When asked regarding the pending cases filed against him regarding the MMFF, Tolentino replied, “Wala na dapat intriga. Kung ano man ang nangyari noong nakaraan, kung ano man ang kasong na-file sa akin, dadaanan na lang yun ng abogado pero wala akong sama ng loob doon.
"I appreciate the eyeopener. Baka mali ang nakaraang proseso, yun dapat ang baguhin. No ill feelings.”