For the seventh straight year, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) brings you the highlights of the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) in a microsite featuring the official movie entries and their stars.
This Christmas season, moviegoers can choose among the four sequels, an historical period film, an action flick and a romantic comedy that will be shown from December 25 to January 7, 2015.
Get the chance to know more about the mainstream entries namely Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo; English Only, Please; Feng Shui 2; Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2; My Big Bossing’s Adventures; Muslim Magnum .357; Praybeyt Benjamin 2; and Shake, Rattle and Roll XV.
Now celebrating its 40th year, the MMFF is held “in recognition of the role of the film industry in providing artistic depictions of both this country’s stories and history,” as described in the Metro Manila Development Authority website. The MMDA supervises the annual film festival along with key members of the film industry.
The special MMFF 2014 microsite features the synopsis of each entry along with updates about the movie stars. Readers can also browse through photo galleries showcasing the celebrities hard at work on the set. Future content will highlight the much-awaited parade of stars and the glamorous awards night culminating the film fest. Movie reviews and other videos will also be posted on the MMFF microsite.
This year, there are eight official movie entries in the Mainstream section of MMFF 2014:
Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo depicts the life of Andres Bonifacio, tagged as the father of Philippine revolution, starring Robin Padilla.
In the romantic comedy English Only, Please, Derek Ramsay and Jennylyn Mercado find love in the most unexpected circumstances.
Feng Shui 2 continues the story of the Kris Aquino blockbuster hit Feng Shui, with Coco Martin now joining the cast of characters who explore the mysteries of the cursed bagua.
Dingdong Dantes fights another type of supernatural creature in Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2. This time, Dingdong takes on the kubot, a bat-like creature with wide wings.
My Big Bossing’s Adventures brings back Vic Sotto in a sequel to last year’s My Little Bossings. The three-part movie shows Ryzza Mae Dizon taking on different characters.
ER Ejercito stars in a remake of the 1986 Fernando Poe, Jr. (FPJ) action blockbuster film Muslim Magnum .357, with Sam Pinto as leading lady. The movie is a tribute to FPJ, and also honors the Filipino-Muslim community and Muslim police.
Vice Ganda reprises his role as the soldier with a big heart in Praybeyt Benjamin 2, this time with Richard Yap as his leading man. They are also joined by James “Bimby” Yap who is blessed with exceptional abilities.
Shake, Rattle and Roll XV features three segments: Ahas, Ulam and Flight 666, all promising to send chills down your spine. Erich Gonzales and JC De Vera are part of Ahas, which tackles the urban legend about a snake woman; Dennis Trillo and Carla Abellana have a terrifying secret in Ulam, while Matteo Guidicelli and Lovi Poe attempt to survive a flight from hell in Flight 666.
NEW WAVE SECTION.
In 2010, the MMFF added the New Wave section to allow independent films to reach a wider audience. The five full-length entries are as follows:
Gemini features real-life twins Sheena and Brigitte McBride who seek help from a detective, as one twin wants the other dead. Mon Confiado stars as the detective in this movie that also stars Lance Raymundo, Alvin Anson, and Sarah Gaugler.
In M (Mother’s Maiden Name), Zsa Zsa Padilla plays a single working mother, and stars alongside Nico Antonio, Dennis Padilla, and Gloria Sevilla.
Allen Dizon is the Magkakabaung (The Coffin Maker), a single father who works in a casket factory. Gladys Reyes, Chanel Latorre, and Emilio Garcia join the cast.
Politics and violence in southern Philippines is depicted in Maratabat, which is also a Maranao word that means pride. This drama film stars Julio Diaz, Ping Medina, and Chanel Latorre.
Jake Cuenca falls in love with a woman with a strange mental affliction in Mulat (Awaken). The movie also stars Ryan Eigenmann and Loren Burgos.
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