Isang malaking pagtitipon ang naganap kaninang tangahali, November 18, sa Kalayaan Ballroom ng Club Filipino, kung saan ginanap ang "informal launch" ng 36th Metro Manila Film Festival. The luncheon was hosted by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Si MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino mismo ang nag-welcome sa walong kalahok na pelikula:
Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote (starring Vic Sotto and Bong Revilla) ng Imus Productions/M-Zet/GMA Films;
Ang Tanging Ina Mo Rin (Last Na 'To) (starring Ai-Ai delas Alas and Eugene Domingo) ng Star Cinema;
Dalaw (starring Kris Aquino, Diether Ocampo, and Coco Martin) ng Cine Media/Star Cinema;
Father Jejemon (starring Dolphy) ng RVQ Productions;
Rosario (starring Jennylyn Mercado) ng Cinemabuhay International;
RPG: Metanoia (featuring the voices of Aga Muhlach and Zaijian Jaranilla) ng ABS-CBN Film Productions/Ambient Media;
Shake, Rattle & Roll XII (starring Shaina Magdayao, Carla Abellana, Andi Eigenmann) ng Regal Films;
Super Inday and the Golden Bibe (starring Marian Rivera, John Lapus, Pokwang, and John Lapus) ng Regal Films.
Ilan sa prominenteng kasama ni Chairman Tolentino sa MMFF Executive Committee ay sina Boots Anson-Roa, bilang representative ng Mowelfund, at Chairperson Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares ng Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).
Nagsimula ang programa, hosted by Boots Anson-Roa, ng 1 p.m.
Naka-attract ng attention sina Marian at Sweet nang dumating sila suot-suot ang mga costume nila sa Super Inday and the Golden Bibe.
Suot ni Marian ang kanyang pink Super Inday superhero costume habang si John naman ay suot ang kaniyang white-and-gold costume.
Katabi ng dalawang stars sa upuan ang Regal big boss na si Roselle Monteverde-Teo, anak ni Mother Lily.
Nasa table naman ng Father Jejemon (RVQ Productions) sina Zsa Zsa Padilla, Nash Aguas, at Ejay Falcon.
Dolphy wasn't able to make it, but Zsa Zsa's presence more than made up for it. She will not be appearing in the movie but she is the movie'se co-producer.
Alessandra de Rossi represented Star Cinema's Dalaw. Kasama niya sa table ang producers na sina Roxy Liquigan at Mico del Rosario. Main stars Kris Aquino, Coco Martin, and Diether Ocampo couldn't attend because of conflict of schedules.
Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo were side-by-side in the table for Rosario. Masaya naman silang nagpaunlak sa lahat ng gustong makuhanan sila ng litrato.
Sitting quietly in the entourage of Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote were the beautiful leading ladies of the film, Gwen Zamora and Sam Pinto. The latter wore a brown dress with black tassels, accessorized by gold bracelet and trinkets.
Zaijian Jaranilla was addressed as "Santino" by host Boots Anson-Roa and Chairman Tolentino instead of his real name. Zaijian is the lead-voice actor for the film RPG Metanoia. Also with him was fellow child actor Mika dela Cruz and director Luis Suarez.
Shake Rattle and Roll XII was represented by Carla Abellana, Rayver Cruz, and Mart Escudero.
Meanwhile, Ang Tanging Ina Mo Rin (Last Na 'To) had Alwyn Uytingco and Xyriel Manabat in attendance.
Almost three p.m. na nang natapos ang programa. Nagpaunlak naman ang stars ng maikling interview sa entertainment writers bago sila umalis papunta sa kanilang next functions.
Ang huling batian ng lahat: "See you sa parada sa December 24."
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