The premiere of Star Cinema's latest offering Ang Tanging Pamilya last night, November 10, at Cinema 10 of the SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, was a rousing success, based on the number of people who attended the special screening.
Celebrities spotted in the cinema included actress-host Kris Aquino, along with sisters Ballsy and Pinky. ABS-CBN bigwigs Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, Charo Santos-Concio, Malou Santos, and Cory Vidanes were also in the audience.
Veteran actor Eddie Garcia and Estrada's son Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, who has a cameo role in the film as his father's younger version, were also spotted.
Prominent political figures, particularly allies of ex-President Joseph Estrada, came to support the former leader's big screen comeback after his two decades of concentrating on politics.
Joseph Estrada's running mate for the upcoming presidential elections, Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, made good his promise to support his good friend's movie endeavor by taking time off to watch the film. Ex-Senator Ernesto Maceda was also spotted by PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) as well as Estrada's wife, Sen. Loi Ejercito.
The cast members of Ang Tanging Pamilya bannered by comedienne Ai-Ai delas Alas, Sam Milby, Toni Gonzaga, Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao, and Estrada, along with the other cast members, entered the cinema at the same time.
After the cast members each gave a short speech to acknowledge the audience, followed by the singing of the Philippine National Anthem and a short prayer, the first public exhibition of the comedy film officially started.
While Ai-Ai delas Alas and Erap's timing for comedy is a given, Mommy Dionisia gave the movie additional comic firepower. The audience inside the movie house showed their appreciation by laughing wholeheartedly over most of her scenes. The mother of boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao certainly was able to hold her own ground in the company of her more experienced co-actors, making her a crowd favorite last night during the event.
"Nagpasalamat ako talaga, ang daming naghanga, tuwang-tuwa ako!" Mommy Dionisia told PEP after the screening.