The annual parade of stars is the much-anticipated pageant of the floats of movies entered in the MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival).
This year, the parade was full of misadventures!
Everything seemed right on the mark at the Quezon City Circle, the starting point of the parade. The route was cut out to be Quezon Avenue-España-Roxas Avenue until the floats reached their final destination, the Aliw Theater in Manila, where the judges would name the Best Float.
Leading the pack yesterday was another Enteng Kabisote film, with the same box-office team-up: Vic Sotto and Kristine Hermosa plus practically the entire Eat Bulaga family. Vic's real-life lady love and guest star in the movie, Pia Guanio, followed the float riding a black SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle).
A few meters before the float reached Welcome Rotonda in España, the spaceship-like Enteng Kabisote float developed engine trouble. It ended up being towed by the MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) from España all the way to the finish line.
About 30 minutes after Enteng Kabisote's mishap, ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh, which had a very colorful float, also experienced engine trouble.
"Hindi ko nga alam [kung ano nangyari]," says Rustom Padilla, one of the stars of the film. "Nakakalungkot, tinirik kami sa España. Nag-overheat daw, so ayun."
Wearing a pink Paul Cabral gown and fully made-up, Rustom was obviously disappointed. "Sayang, kasi you look forward na makita ‘yong mga tao and that's why [ako sumama sa float] para mag-enjoy with the people."
Co-star Chokoleit seconds: "Sabi ko nga ‘ZsaZsa Na-tow-na,' kasi ‘yong makina or something... Ang tagal-tagal namin doon, so walang mangyayari. [Sabi namin] ‘tara na!'"
Parade organizers said the float's battery had discharged. The float had to be taken out of the parade, automatically eliminating it from the Best Float competition. The grand prize stood to win P500,000, the second placer, P300,000, and the third placer, P100,000. Not bad--and all a float had to do to qualify was get from the Quezon City Circle to the Aliw Theater!
Meanwhile, stars who weren't able to ride their respective floats at the assembly points were brought on board during the procession itself.
The crowd was disappointed when the Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo float, starring real-life sweethearts Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, had no stars in sight for the first few kilometers of the parade. The lead stars were apparently held up because of the heavy traffic that the parade itself had caused.
Come-backing actress Sheryl Cruz caught up with her Shake, Rattle, and Roll 8 float on Quezon Avenue corner EDSA. The crowd was cheering "Valeria" (Sheryl's character in GMA-7's Bakekang) as she got on the float.
Also, Super Noypi star Sandara Park was seen hitching a ride behind an MMDA traffic motorcycle to intercept her float!Mishap or no mishap, the floats were crowd-pleasers. The Best Float will be named on December 29 during the MMFF Awards Night.