Jericho Rosales happily reveals that he might be part of this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.
“Finally they called. I got a call for a movie and it's gonna happen this year if the soap schedule permits,” he says about Star Cinema's offer for him to do a movie.
The actor does not have any details about the movie since he has yet to sit down with ABS-CBN's film outfit about it.
He's already excited about the project since it's been eight years since he last joined the annual film festival.
His last MMFF movie was #Walang Forever (2015), which earned him a Best Actor award.
“It's gonna be big this year.
“I've been busy with non-acting-related stuff. Busy maging businessman.
“Hopefully, matuloy 'yong film festival movie,” he told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview during the send-off event for finalists of Wrangler #TrueWanderer digital campaign.
ON NEW MMFF RULES. Talking about the movie, Jericho asked PEP about the new ruling of MMFF.
When we told him that the official entries will be chosen from among finished projects, Jericho said, “I think that's good. Ganun naman talaga dapat kapag sa film festivals.”
He also pointed out that by doing so, more quality films will be offered to moviegoers.
“Siyempre, quality is always there. Tayong mga Pilipino dapat manood ng quality films because that's what we deserve.
“'Yon ang dapat napapanood ng mga bata, ng mga pamilya.”
However, he admits that fun and entertaining movies should still be given a shot at the MMFF.
Jericho explained, “Siyempre, dapat hindi mawala ang fun factor.
“So, it depends on the organizer, which is Metro Manila Film Festival, na pumili ng mga pelikula na papasa sa criteria nila.
“Para sa akin, ang Metro Manila Film Festival ay para sa family, ever since naman, e.
“It's Christmas time, don't expect it to be heavy or dark. It has to be enjoyable.
“'Yon ay sa akin lang, 'yon ang Metro Manila Film Festival. It's not a Cinemalaya, it's not some intense film festival.”
He also stressed that it might take a while before the changes in the Metro Manila Film Festival entries happen.
“It will take a long time,” he said.
“If you drastically change Metro Manila Film Festival, ano ang mangyayari?
“Marami namang ibang nagbibigay. Nandiyan ang QCinema, Cinema One, Cinemalaya, at kung anu-ano pang festival para mag-provide ng ganito.”
In the end, Jericho hopes for the improvement of the film fest, which is now on its 42nd edition this 2016.
“It would be nice if eventually, kumbaga 'yong MMFF maging...
“Imagine MMFF showcasing epic films, great love stories, super romatic stories, all made beautifully and ang ganda lahat ng quality.
“Isn't that perfect? Ako okay ako doon,” he concluded.