34th Metro Manila Film Festival opens today until January 7, 2009



This year's edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival will haveall eight official entries opening today, Christmas Day. Families have theoption of choosing among the different genres offered by the Festival. There ismuch to learn from the historical film Baler, which stars Jericho Rosalesand Anne Curtis. Produced by Viva Films, the filmtackles the Siege of Baler that took place in 1898. (Click HERE toread PEP's review of Baler)


Those with young kids may opt to watch Dayo sa Mundo ng Elementalia, thefirst animated film to be included in the Metro Manila Filmfest. Nash Aguasand Katrina "Hopia" Legaspi lend their voices to this film, as well as veteran starsNova Villa, Noel Trinidad, Peque Gallaga, and many more. (Click HERE to readPEP's review of Dayo)


Regal Entertainment brings back the four beautiful half-sisters in Desperadas2. They will have one additional member to their growingfamily: an African princess named Luga Luda. Ruffa Gutierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto,Marian Rivera, and Iza Calzado will come face-to-face with Ogie Alcasid as heportrays a woman who is attracted to a much younger guy (portrayed by Be Benchwinner Carlo Guevarra).

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Vic Ungasis and the EscaIera brothers reunitefor Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After.Vic Sotto's charcter is now teaching at Wanbol University and is already considereda famous archaelogist. He taps his friends to search for a magical silver cointhat is believed to grant immortality to the bearer. The presence of Joey de Leonand Tito Sotto as well as other beloved characters like Miss Tapia should givemoviegoers a healthy dose of nostalgia for the popular TV show.

Bring extra hankies when you watch Magkaibigan. Starring JinggoyEstrada and Christopher de Leon, this MMFF entry is about the two bosom buddieswho have to deal with the fact that one of them is diagnosed with cancer.

Rated R13 by the MTRCB, One Night Only offers a sexuallycharged situation involving a movie star, a reporter, a congressman, ahairdresser, a lesbian and a gold-digging playgirl. Follow what happens to themin a span of nine hours when they all end up in the same motel called Lover'sHideaway.

The tenth edition of Shake, Rattle and Roll offers threestories for the price of one. In "Emergency," the hospital staff must fight off bloodthirstycreatures. In "Class Picture," high school students spending the night at theirschool are haunted by the spirit of a demented nun. In "Nieves," a retired monsterslayer comes back to save her townmates.

AngTanging Ina N'yong Lahat is now the Inang Bayan! Ina Montecillo (Ai-Aidelas Alas) transforms herself from being a chambermaid in MalacaƱang to thePresident of the Philippines. How will she deal with national problems when shebegins to neglect domestic problems concerning her brood of twelve children? (ClickHERE to read PEP's review of Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat)

PARADE OF STARS. Every year, the Metro Manila Development Authority hasbeen organizing the annual parade showcasing the talent and imagination offloat makers. Yesterday, December 24,the traditional Parade of Stars took place and was aired live by RPN-9. Thestarting point was at the Manila Hotel and the floats of the official entriespassed by Baywalk and Baclaran before heading to SM Mall of Asia where a hugestage was set up. Kuya Germs, Pauleen Luna, and K Brosas were the main emceeswho interviewed the stars of the MMFF entries. In key points of the parade, other hosts such as Smokey Manoloto, Candy Pangilinan, Kitkat, and Ogie Diaz, gave commentaries on the floats.

While waiting for the stars to arrive at the main stage, several performersentertained the crowd with their song-and-dance numbers. These included SOPmainstay Jan Nieto, Star Magic talent Karla Humphries, young star Makisig Morales,and the sexy singing group Koolchx.

The awarding ceremony of the 34th Metro Manila Film Festival will take place thisSaturday, December 27, at Hotel Sofitel. Afterwards, Katy the Musical will be staged in the same venue with lead starsKC Concepcion and Jericho Rosales.


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