MTRCB changes rating of MMFF entry "Banal" from X to R-13

by Dinno Erece
Dec 18, 2007
ComGuild's Banal almost did not make it to the 2007 Metro Manila Film Festival after the MTRCB gave it an X-rating because, according to the reviewers, the movie is "anti-Church."

Isa sa tatlong pelikulang magbubukas sa January 1 bilang bahagi ng 2007 Metro Manila Film Festival ang Banal, ang first directorial job ng GMA News and Public Affairs reporter na si Cesar Apolinario, starring Christopher de Leon, Paolo Contis, Alfred Vargas, Ina Alegre, Cass Ponti, and Paolo Paraiso. It's a fictionalized account of a murder attempt on Pope John Paul II when he visited Manila.

Nang unang ipa-review sa Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) ang Banal, X ang ibinigay na rating ng tatlong reviewers for the movie dahil anti-Church daw ito. An X-rating means unfit for public viewing.

Nabahala ang producers sa ratings kung kaya't nag-request ito ng second review at kung puwede raw ay may pari. Among the reviewers of MTRCB is Father Nico Cruz, so he became part of the second review committee for the movie.

After the second viewing, R-13 ang ibinigay na rating ng MTRCB which means puwede na itong ipalabas sa lahat ng sinehan including sa SM chain of cinemas. One rating below ang R-13 sa R-18, which is strictly for adults only at hindi pinapayagang maipalabas sa mga sinehan ng SM malls.

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Ayon na rin kay Ina Alegre, na siyang producer ng Banal, natuwa sila at mismong si Father Nico na mismo ang nagsabing hindi anti-Church ang Banal.

This month too, another movie was also perceived initially as anti-Church, ang big-budgeted Hollywood movie na The Golden Compass. But upon the first review, PG agad ang ibinigay na rating ng MTRCB dito.

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ComGuild's Banal almost did not make it to the 2007 Metro Manila Film Festival after the MTRCB gave it an X-rating because, according to the reviewers, the movie is "anti-Church."
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