Not even the early downpour and light drizzle couldhinder the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival Parade of Stars from pushing throughlast December 24.
The parade started a bit late due to rain and a few other delays but surprisingly managed tofinish early, compared to previous years. Stars representing the Festival films started arriving at the Manila Hotel asearly as noon for preparations before boarding their respective floats. As expected, the floats were embellished with colorful, flamboyant designs that carried the themes of each movie.
The MMFF films are: Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat, Desperadas 2, Dayo, Baler, Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After, Magkaibigan,One Night Only, and Shake, Rattle and Roll X.
Their respective floats all took turnsin egging the excited crowd to troop to the movie houses as part of theirYuletide celebration.
The floats of Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After, Shake, Rattle and Roll X and Desperadas 2 turned out to be instantfan favorites, owing perhaps to their star-studded cast.
Many applauded theorganizers for orchestrating a systematic parade this year to make sure thatthe event would finish early, perhaps to give people enough time toprepare for Christmas Eve.
From the Manila Hotel, theparade breezed through the long stretches of Roxas Boulevard all the way to theSM Mall of Asia where the stars of each film project were formally introduced tothe public. The stars themselves appeared to be in a hurry to leave the affairafter the quick presentation "para makapagpahinga and makapaghanda tonight," commentedace comedian Vic Sotto.
But some celebs wereraring to leave, to avoid the waiting reporters loitering backstage for interviews. One of the most sought-after that afternoon was One Night Only star Katrina Halili, whowas obviously uncomfortable about discussing her alleged involvement in the VickiBelo-Hayden Kho split.
"Pero ayoko na po magsalitae, dedma na lang po," commented the sexy young actress.