37 years of Metro Manila Film Festival, one actor won the Best Actor award a whopping 8 times!

Veteran actor Christopher de Leon bagged the Best Actor trophy in the Metro Manila Film Festival 8 times: In 1976 for the film Ganito Kami Noon, Paano na Kami Ngayon?, in 1982 for Haplos, in 1985 for God Save Me, in 1989 for Imortal, in 1997 for Nasaan ang Puso?, in 1999 for Bulaklak ng Maynila, in 2004 for Mano Po 3 and in 2008 for Magkaibigan.
MMFF Best Actor Winners from 1975 to 2010
1975 – Joseph Estrada (Diligan Mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa)
1976 – Christopher de Leon (Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?)
1977 – Rolly Quizon (Burlesk Queen)
1978 – NONE (only the BEST PERFORMER AWARD is given)
1979 – Raul Aragon (Ina ka ng anak mo)
1980 – Dindo Fernando (Langis at tubig)
1981 – Vic Silayan (Kisapmata)
1982 – Christopher de Leon (Haplos)
1983 – Anthony Alonzo (Bago Kumalat ang Kamandag)
1984 – Herbert Bautista (Shake, Rattle & Roll)
1985 – Christopher de Leon (God Save Me)
1986 – no winner
1987 – Anthony Alonzo (Anak badjao)
1988 – Baldo Marro (Patrolman)
1989 – Christopher de Leon (Imortal)
1990 – Dolphy (Espadang Patpat)
1991 – Eric Quizon (Juan Tamad at Mr. Shooli: Mongolian Barbecue)
1992 – Aga Muhlach (Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal)
1993 – Aga Muhlach (May minamahal)
1994 – Gabby Concepcion
1995 – Richard Gomez (Dahas)
1996 – no winner
1997 – Christopher De Leon (Nasaan Ang Puso?)
1998 – Cesar Montano (Jose Rizal)
1999 – Christopher de Leon (Bulaklak ng Maynila)
2000 – Johnny Delgado (Tanging Yaman)
2001 – Cesar Montano {Bagong Buwan}
2002 – Eddie Garcia (Mano Po)
2003 – Eric Quizon (Crying Ladies)
2004 – Christopher de Leon (Mano Po 3: My Love)
2005 – Marvin Agustin (Kutob)
2006 – Cesar Montano (Ligalig)
2007 – Jinggoy Estrada (Katas ng Saudi)
2008 – Christopher de Leon (Magkaibigan)
2009 – Bong Revilla (Ang Panday)
2010 – Dolphy (Father Jejemon)
This year, the Best Actor winner is Dingdong Dantes for his portrayal of a rich architect in the horror movie “Segunda Mano” which also stars Kris Aquino and Angelica Panganiban.
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MMFF Best Actress Award with 7 wins

She’s none other than Superstar Nora Aunor. Ate Guy grabbed the MMFF Best Actress trophy in 1978 for Atsay (Best Performer), 1979 for Ina Ka ng Anak Mo, 1982 for Himala, 1984 for Bulaklak ng City Jail, 1990 for Andrea Paano Ba ang maging Isang Ina?, 1991 for Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M., and in 1995 for Muling Umawit ang Puso.
Nora Aunor was supposed to receive a special recognition from MMFF during the 37th awards night on Wednesday but because of miscommunication, the committee canceled the award (the MMFF commitee thought Nora Aunor will not be able to attend but the camp of the Superstar said otherwise).
Meanwhile, Maricel Soriano is now second to Nora Aunor with regards to MMFF Best Actress wins for bagging 4 trophies–1997, 2003, 2007 and now in 2011 for “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”
MMFF Best Actress Winners from 1975 to 2011
1975 – Charito Solis (Araw-Araw, Gabi-Gabi)
1976 – Hilda Koronel (Insiang)
1977 – Vilma Santos (Burlesk Queen)
1978 – Nora Aunor (Atsay) – BEST PERFORMER AWARDEE
1979 – Nora Aunor tied with Lolita Rodriguez (Ina Ka ng Anak Mo)
1980 – Amy Austria (Brutal)
1981 – Vilma Santos (Karma)
1982 – Nora Aunor (Himala)
1983 – Coney Reyes (Bago Kumalat ang Kamandag)
1984 – Nora Aunor (Bulaklak ng City Jail)
1985 – Vivian Velez (Paradise Inn)
1986 – Liza Lorena (Halimaw sa Banga}
1987 – Melanie Marquez (The Untold Story of Melanie Marquez)
1988 – Amy Austria (Bubbles: Ativan Gang Queen)
1989 – Vilma Santos (Imortal)
1990 – Nora Aunor (Andrea, Paano ba ang Maging Isang Ina?)
1991 – Nora Aunor (Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M.)
1992 – Kimberly Diaz (Alyas Kanto Boy)
1993 – Dawn Zulueta (Kung Mawawala Ka Pa)
1994 – Gina Alajar (Shake Rattle and Roll 5)
1995 – Nora Aunor (Muling Umawit Ang Puso)
1996 – Amy Austria (Trudis Liit)
1997 – Maricel Soriano (Nasaan ang Puso?)
1998 – Alice Dixson (Sa Ngalan ng Ama)
1999 – Elizabeth Oropesa (Bulaklak ng Maynila)
2000 – Gloria Romero (Tanging Yaman)
2001 – Assunta de Rossi (Hubog)
2002 – Ara Mina (Mano Po)
2003 – Maricel Soriano (Filipinas)
2004 – Vilma Santos (Mano Po 3: My Love)
2005 – Zsazsa Padilla (Ako Legal Wife, Mano Po 4)
2006 – Judy Ann Santos (Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo)
2007 – Maricel Soriano (Bahay Kubo, The Pinoy Mano Po)
2008 – Anne Curtis (Baler)
2009 – Sharon Cuneta (Mano Po 6: A Mother’s Love)
2010 – Ai Ai delas Alas (Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na ‘To!)
2011 – Maricel Soriano (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)
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MMFF Best Picture Winners from 1975 to 2011

The controversial commercial viability (box-office performance of the entries) criterion that decided heavily on the selection of the Best Picture in previous festivals is no longer applicable this year. The criteria this time for the selection of Best Picture(s) are artistry, creativity and technical excellence, innovativeness, thematic value and global appeal, and Filipino cultural and/or historical value.
MMFF Best Picture Winners from 1975 to 2011
1975 – Diligin Mo ng Hamog ang Uhaw na Lupa
1976 – Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?
1977 – Burlesk Queen
1978 – Atsay
1979 – Kasal-kasalan, Bahay-bahayan tied with Ina Ka ng Anak Mo
1980 – Taga sa Panahon
1981 – Kisapmata
1982 – Himala
1983 – Karnal
1984 – Bulaklak ng City Jail
1985 – Paradise Inn
1986 – Halimaw sa Banga (only the 3rd Best Picture was announced)
1987 – Olongapo, The Great American Dream
1988 – Patrolman
1989 – Imortal
1990 – Andrea, Paano ba ang Maging Isang Ina?
1991 – Ang Totoong Buhay ni Pacita M.
1992 – Andres Manambit: Angkan ng Matatapang
1993 – Kung Mawawala Ka Pa
1994 – not awarded
1995 – Muling Umawit Ang Puso
1996 – Magic Temple
1997 – Nasaan ang Puso
1998 – Jose Rizal
1999 – Muro Ami
2000 – Tanging Yaman
2001 – Yamashita: The Tiger’s Treasure
2002 – Mano Po
2003 – Crying Ladies
2004 – Mano Po 3: My Love
2005 – Blue Moon
2006 – Enteng Kabisote 3: The Legend Goes On and On and On
2007 – Resiklo
2008 – Baler
2009 – Ang Panday
2010 – Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na ‘To!
2011 – Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
In the past 37 years, it was only in 1994 that there was no Best Picture winner.
Among the winning films from 1975 to 2011, which entry do you think was the Best Picture of all time?
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Enteng ng Ina Mo 3rd day No.1 at MMFF

The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) committee has released the first three days gross earnings of the 7 film entries.
The fantasy-comedy movie “Enteng Ng Ina Mo,” which stars the reigning Box Office King Vic Sotto and the reigning Box Office Queen Ai Ai delas Alas, has pulled away from its strongest rival–Panday 2–by grossing P91.9 million.
The Bong Revilla-Marian Rivera starrer is still in second place with P51.5 million and following closely in third place with a gross of P46.9 million is the Kris Aquino-Dingdong Dantes starrer, “Segunda Mano.”
Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2011

(3rd Day Total Gross Income – Dec. 25 to 27, 2011)

1. Enteng ng Ina Mo – 91.9 million
2. Panday 2 – 51.5 million
3. Segunda Mano – 46.9 million
4. Shake Rattle and Roll 13 – 22.8 million
5. My Househusband – 20.8 million
6. Asiong Salonga – 7.96 million
7. Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow – 4.1 million
Total – P245.6 million
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‘Won’t Last A Day Without You’ Grosses P65.29-M

The Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson starrer–”Won’t Last A Day Without You”–raked in P65.29 million at the box office in 2 weeks.

Topping Philippine box-office for the opening period of December 7 to 11, 2011 is the Henry Cavill (The New Superman) starrer–”Immortals”–which grossed P16.9 in 5 days.

“Won’t Last A Day Without” settled for second place on the said period followed by “New Year’s Eve” (#3) and “The Road” (#4).

Here’s the Philippine box office tally (Top 9) for the opening weekend of December 7 to 11, 2011 according to Box Office Mojo (premiering movies are highlighted in yellow):
TW LW Movie Weekend Gross Gross-to-Date Week
1 N Immortals P16.9-M P16.9-M 1
2 - Won’t Last A Day Without You P15.4-M P65.29-M 2
3 - New Year’s Eve P7.4-M P7.4-M 1
4 - The Road P7.35-M P31.24-M -
5 - Arthur Christmas P6.9-M P6.9-M 1
6 - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 P5.5-M P255.58-M 4
7 - Happy Feet 2 P4.1-M P71.5-M 3
8 - The Adventures of Tin Tin P3.1-M P17.05-M 2
9 - Tower Heist P0.036-M P18.3-M 1

(As of December 13, 2011)

1. Transformers: Dark of Moon – P415.74-M
2. Praybeyt Benjamin – P331.6-M
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – P295.96-M
4. No Other Woman – P276.8-M
5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – P255.58-M *
6. Kung Fu Panda 2 – P198.24M
7. Thor – P173.98M
8. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – P155.32M
9. X-Men: First Class – P154.92M
10. Captain America – P153.3

(As of December 13, 2011)

1. Praybeyt Benjamin – P331.6M
2. No Other Woman – P276.8-M
3. Catch Me…I’m In Love – P120.21M
4. In the Name of Love – P117.2M
5. Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak! – P72.31M
6. Bulong – P67.27M
7. Won’t Last A Day Without You – P65.29M
8. Temptation Island – P60-M
9. Who’s That Girl? – P58.31M
10. Forever and a Day – P44.73M
11. My Valentine Girls – P44.26M
12. Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi – P37.46M
13. Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington – P32.28-M
14. Tween Academy: Class of 2012 – P32.23M
15. Aswang – P31.28-M
16. The Road – P31.24-M *
17. Ang Babae sa Septic Tank – P30.26M
18. My Neighbor’s Wife – P27.56M
19. Way Back Home – P25.78-M
20. The Adventures of Pureza: Queen of the Riles – P19.84-M
21. Tumbok – P10.53M
22. Ikaw ang Pag-ibig – P5.5M
23. Tum: My Pledge of Love – P5.16M
24. Thelma – P1.35M

Note: All movies marked with an asterisk (*) are still showing in theaters

Figures are estimates from third party tabulator Box Office Mojo
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‘My Househusband: Ikaw Na!’

In the tradition of “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo” and “Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo”, Jose Javier Reyes teams up with real-life couple Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos once again for an MMFF entry that is a shoo-in for top awards as well as box-office race.

The campaign for the different in the coming Metro Manila Film Festival is in high gear and the word on the street as well as talk among industry insiders have it that “My Househusband: Ikaw Na!” is a shoo-in for the top awards as well as ruling the box office race.

Starring real life husband and wife Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos, the film speaks volumes of success in so many aspects already. Joining the fray is undisputed comedy actress Eugene Domingo. All three premiere talents join outstanding chemistry with director par excellence Jose Javier Reyes.

The totality is undeniably a conglomeration of winners in so many levels that Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress are some of the much-predicted trophies that can probably be associated to this film by OctoArts come awards’ night.

Ryan and Juday’s roles become even more realistic in their hands since they can relate to their characters in many aspects. Like married couple Mia and Rod, the lead characters in the movie, Judy Ann and Ryan know exactly what it’s like to raise kids, to balance career and family life, to stay best friends with your significant other even after tying the knot, and to be clear on priorities and keep sense of humor especially through thin.

“Househusband” director Joey Reyes notes that the two kept it “real” and that aside from their well-polished skill in acting, their portrayals have that extra something, “an almost instinctive element”. Ryan is a revelation here, the awarded director adds– and the latter should know. Direk Joey, after all, also directed Ryan in “Kutob” in 2006 where the actor-TV host nabbed a nomination at the FAP Awards for Best Supporting Actor.

As if the winning tandem of Ryan and Judy Ann isn’t enough, ace comedienne Eugene Domingo thickens the plot as Aida, a mistress who lives next door and eventually ends up as Rod’s BFF. Eugene finds it refreshing that the comedic style she was made to bring into the film is neither over the top nor subdued but “just right”.

Though she has starred in one film after the other this year, Eugene is glad to have added “My Househusband: Ikaw Na!” to her resume because it is the first time she plays a character who is best friends with a straight male. “Ibang iba ang point of view dahil dun and since I have very few straight male friends inreal life, playing Aida was very refreshing and challenging.”

Indeed, given her track record and the way she speaks fondly of her role, her co-actors and the film “My Househusband: Ikaw Na!” just might put another trophy on Eugene’s shelf.

tying it all together so masterfully is Direk Joey: he has won awards from the Gawad Urian, Filipino Star Awards and in past MMFF. Many of his works such as “Minamahal Kita”, “Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal”, and “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo” and “Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo” (which starred Judy and Ryan) are condsidered modern classics and going by gut feel, “My Househusband: Ikaw Na!” could lengthen that list.

And why not? Among all in this year’s MMFF, the subject matter of “My Househusband: Ikaw Na!” is most timely: about a married couple who has a non-trditional set up in which the husband takes care of the kids and in manning the house while the wife looks after putting food on the table. Along the way, situations aries that test the arrangement and their relationship. “Many men today are ‘househusband’ either by choice or circumstance and in this film, we show the hilarious side of it,” said he whose vision for the filmwas so clear to him that shooting the scenes were often a swift and smooth affair.

Great actors fleshing out a timeless and relatable story under superb direction—”My Househusband: Ikaw Na!” has got the gold in the bag.

“My Househusband: Ikaw Na!” is OctoArts Films’ entry to the 2011 MMFF. It opens on Christmas Day, December 25, 2011.

(Press release from OctoArts Films)
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‘Biritera’ – GMA-7′s Upcoming Show

This December, the search is on for the singing kiddies who will take the center stage and become the newest child wonders of GMA’s upcoming primetime series Biritera.

Biritera, is a family-oriented drama series which will showcase unparalleled acting and incomparable singing ability that will surely be loved by pinoys all over the world.

Biritera aspirants must be eye-catching girls, from ages 8 to 10, who embody star quality and must have that soulful singing ability and remarkable acting prowess.

The nationwide auditions are ongoing until December 9 at the GMA Network Annex from 1pm to 7pm.

Hopefuls must bring their biodata with photos (1 close-up and 1 whole body), minus one of their song choice, birth certificate and written parental consent.

Get your vocal chords’ ready, show us that you’re beyond compare and ready to be the next singing child stars on GMA’s Biritera!
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Angel Locsin is now a mainstay in ABS-CBN’s hit sitcom “Toda Max.”

From being a guest star on the first episode, Angel Locsin is now a mainstay in ABS-CBN’s hit sitcom “Toda Max.”

With her effective portrayal as Isabel Padausdos, Justin’s (Vhong Navarro) girlfriend, in the first few episodes of Kapamilya Comedy flagship sitcom “TODA Max,” Angel Locsin has proven that her gift in acting is not only limited to primetime teleseryes and romantic movies. She can also shine in comedy

At first, Angel was just a guest star in the sitcom. But after showing her innate hilarity, there was no more reason for her to leave the Beverly Gil’s strip. “TODA Max” proudly launches Angel Locsin as its newest member, whose humor is sure to add loads of laughter and bring happiness to every Filipino family.

It can be recalled that recently, Angel made a mark when she did a serious wolf role in ABS-CBN’s hit primetime series “Imortal” with John Lloyd Cruz. Now in “TODA Max,” she’s ready to bring out the comedienne in her. Angel will join other big stars such as action superstar Robin Padilla, Prince of Comedy Vhong Navarro and Pokwang.

In an interview, the actress said that besides the acting awards she wants to bag in the future, she also dreamt of starring in family-oriented sitcoms like “TODA Max.”

“I grew up watching sitcoms, especially those filled with moral values. I also believe that a family’s relationship can be strengthened by watching television together,” said Angel.

Meanwhile, “TODA Max” was hailed as the country’s most watched comedy program for the month of November. According to Kantar Media, the sitcom garnered 23% TV rating, alongside with other top-rating shows of the Kapamilya network.

With this triumph, the spirit of the undisputed Kapamilya Comedy has definitely been revived. Catch “TODA Max” Saturdays, after “Maalaala Mo Kaya” on ABS-CBN.
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‘You’re Always in My Heart’ – Upcoming ABS-CBN Teleserye

The teaser for ABS-CBN’s upcoming teleserye titled “You’re Always in My Heart” has been released.

“You’re Always In My Heart” stars Kathryn Bernardo as an Asian Princess. Her leading men in the romantic series are Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil and Pilipinas Got Talent Season 3 runner-up Khalil Ramos.

The said teleserye is also expected to premiere on the first quarter of 2012.
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Reg and Casey Evicted from Pinoy Big Brother

Reg of “Pinoy Big Brother UnliDay” and Casey of “Pinoy Big Brother UnliNight” were booted from the Pinoy Big Brother house Saturday night (Dec 3) in the season’s second live back-to-back eviction night.

Former Power Stranger Reg was forcibly evicted from the house for repeatedly forgetting to use the lapel microphone and for telling his housemates what he had seen on television before entering the house.

Meanwhile, Casey received the lowest percentage of net votes (10.75%) against her “PBB UnliNight” housemates Tol (11.07%) and Wendy (22.58%).

Before he left the house, Big Brother told Reg the importance of discipline and respect for the law and other people. Mark and Luz, on the other hand, are not escaping punishment for listening to Reg’s stories and will be given penalty in due time.

Team High Voltage of “PBB UnliNight” also won the Jump Rope Exhibition against Team Wayuk of “PBB UnliDay” and bagged the first P150,000 from the P1.5 million pot money.

The war between the two houses is on. Which team will win the next nine Kontra Battles that will test their skills and camaraderie?

Watch the exciting developments in “Pinoy Big Brother UnliDay” with Bianca Gonzalez weekdays after “Angelito: Batang Ama” in Kapamilya Gold and “Pinoy Big Brother UnliNight” with Toni Gonzaga weeknights after “Nasaan Ka Elisa?” in Primetime Bida. Also stay tuned to “PBB Unlimited Updates” with Robi Domingo during “Helena’s Promise” and “Ikaw ay Pag-ibig” on ABS-CBN.

Get to know more about the housemates by visiting pinoybigbrother.com. For the program’s updates, follow his Secretary on Twitter at @OfficialPBB4 or like
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‘E-Boy’ – Upcoming ABS-CBN Teleserye

The teaser for ABS-CBN’s upcoming teleserye titled “E-Boy” has been released.

“E-Boy” is topbilled by Star Circle Kid Quest 2009 winner Bugoy CariƱo. He will play the role of a boy robot called “E-Boy” or short for electronic boy.

Also starring in the upcoming teleserye are Ariel Rivera, Jomari Yllana, and Agot Isidro.

“E-Boy” is set to air on ABS-CBN in 2012.
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Imus Productions Proudly Launch ‘Panday 2

The adventures of the legendary blacksmith continue as GMA Films and Imus Productions launch “Panday 2,” the sequel to the top-grosser of the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Panday 2
After playing an amulet-guided hero in his last blockbuster hit, certified box-office king and MMFF best actor Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. reprises his role as the sword-wielder Flavio/Panday.

In his new adventure, Flavio takes on the greater challenge of protecting the world against evil forces, this time with the help of Arlana, a lady who transforms into the dragon Bagwis, played by Kapuso primetime queen Marian Rivera.

In the past, Bong and Marian starred in separate movies in the MMFF. And now, along with a powerhouse cast of veteran and young talents, the two finally star together in what is touted to be the biggest and most-anticipated movie in the 37th edition of the MMFF.

Returning as Panday’s nemesis Lizardo is Philip Salvador, who delivers another convincing portrayal of the evil character. On the other hand, Iza Calzado returns as Flavio’s love interest Maria Makiling.

Playing special roles are Eddie Garcia as Daluyong, the leader of the “human dragons” Ragonas, Lucy Torres as Ina Encantadia, Maria’s mother, and Alice Dixon as Ibira, Arlana’s mother.

Adding star power to the movie are Rhian Ramos as Emelita, a woman who rises from the dead, Alden Richards as Gubli, a man secretly in love with Arlana, Kris Bernal as Alira, Arlana’s sister, and Kapuso Tweens Barbie Forteza, Joshua Dionisio, Jake Vargas, and Bea Binene.

Completing the cast are Benjie Paras as Alulod, Flavio’s new ally, Joonee Gamboa as Lolo Isko, Flavio’s guardian since childhood, Robert “Buboy” Villar as Bugoy, Flavio’s adopted son, and Yogo Singh and Isabel Frial as Bugoy’s friends.

Panday 2 begins with Flavio (Bong Revilla) and Maria (Iza Calzado) settling in the peaceful and quiet town of Matandang Kahoy. However, life takes a dark turn when Lizardo (Philip Salvador) returns and captures Maria.

While fulfilling his quest of saving his lady love, Flavio crosses paths with Bagwis/Arlana, a Ragona whose father was killed by Lizardo. As Flavio and Arlana join forces, the two grow closer with Arlana eventually falling for Flavio.

However, Lizardo proves to be a stronger and more difficult force to overcome. Things become worse when Arlana also falls prey to Lizardo, leaving Flavio with the task of taking down the villain once and for all.

Will Panday finally destroy Lizardo and restore peace on earth? Will he save both Maria and Arlana? Who among the two ladies will Flavio end up with?

With visual effects twice as amazing, Panday 2 takes viewers on a magical journey into the world of dragons, fairies, and other mythical and monstrous beings. The story also promises to be more thrilling, fast-paced, and more romantic than before.

Mac Alejandre, who also helmed the first Panday movie, returns as director of this Carlo J. Caparas epic.

The legend continues with “Panday 2,” GMA Films and Imus Productions’ official entry in the 37th Metro Manila Film Festival, coming to theaters nationwide beginning December 25.
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‘Segunda Mano’ – Movie Poster

Kris Aquino, Dingdong Dantes and Angelica Panganiban topbill the MMFF entry “Segunda Mano.”

“Segunda Mano” is an upcoming horror movie jointly produced by
Star Cinema, Agostodos and MJM Productions as an entry to the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

The film stars the Queen of All Media Kris Aquino, Kapuso top leading man Dingdong Dantes, and versatile actress Angelica Panganiban.

Also starring in the movie are Helen Gamboa,Jhong Hilario, Bangs Garcia, Angel Jacob, Ian Veneracion, and Rico Blanco.

“Segunda Mano” opens in theaters nationwide on December 25, Christmas day.
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“Shake Rattle and Roll 13″ opens on Christmas Day, December 25, 2011

Regal Films has unveiled the official movie poster and teaser for their 2011 MMFF entry “Shake Rattle and Roll 13.”

Starring in “Shake Rattle and Roll 13″ are Zanjoe Marudo, Maricar Reyes, Kathryn Bernardo, Sam Concepcion, Edgar Allan Guzman, Louise delos Reyes and Eugene Domingo.

Also starring are Celia Rodriguez, Boots Anson Roa, Jay Manalo, Ara Mina, Dimples Romana and introducing Ervic Vijandre.

The three directors for this installment are Richard Somes, Jerrold Tarog and Chris Martinez.

“Shake Rattle and Roll 13″ opens on Christmas Day, December 25, 2011.
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“The Road” director Yam Laranas; INTERVIEW

GMA Films’ “The Road” opens tomorrow, November 30, in theaters nationwide. Check out this interview with the film’s director Yam Laranas (Sigaw, The Echo).

Known for his unorthodox brand of film-making, “The Road” director Yam Laranas promises to treat moviegoers to a fresh new approach to horror.

Q: How long did it take you and GMA Films to produce this film?

LARANAS: “I began writing the story of “The Road” in 2005. It was completed just August last year. After that, we got the approval of GMA Films sometime in January this year and we immediately began pre-production. The actual shooting started in July.”

Q: What things did you consider in writing the film?

LARANAS: “Nung sinusulat namin ang pelikula, ang sinabi namin‘enough of the Asian horror.’ Not that there’s something wrong with the genre but because marami na kasing nakapanood ng mga pelikulang ganun. For me, with respect to the audience, kailangan magpakita naman tayo ng bago. Yung iba naman.”

Q: We have seen several good horror movies both foreign and local in the past, what sets “The Road” apart from these films?

LARANAS: “Nakakatuwa nga kasi meron kaming listahan ng mga eksenang hindi na dapat isama sa pelikula kasi gasgas na: yung mga tipong hinihila sa ilalim ng kama, yung may tatapik sa likod mo tapos paglingon mo kaibigan mo lang pala, etc. Sabi ko, ‘pag walang kinalaman sa istorya, wag na nating ilagay.’ Kasi yung audience –lalo na yung mga mahihilig sa horror – alam na nila lahat ‘yan e. Hindi mo sila mabobola. At feeling ko nakakahiya sa audience kung ang ipapakita mo sa kanila ay ang mga bagay na napanood na nila.”

Q: So, why ‘The Road’?

LARANAS: “I chose the title ‘The Road’ because it could mean a lot of things. Pwedeng papunta ka pa lang, pwede ring pabalik na. Sa kwentong ito, hindi alam ng mga characters sa pelikula kung pabalik na sila o papunta pa lang. And that adds to the mystery. Sa kwento ng pelikula, na-trap sila sa road for thirty years pero hindi nila alam kung ano ang nangyayari at kung bakit.”

Q: What were your bases in casting actors for the film?

LARANAS: “The first thing I asked for was a list of good actors, tapos base sa listahan na ‘yun namili ako. At dahil yung movie ay nangangailangan ng serious acting, pinili ko yung sa tingin ko ay mayroon talagang commitment. Lahat ng artista ko sa pelikula ay may commitment. Hindi lang sa project kundi sa mga character din nila.”

Q: This is the tweens’ first horror movie and their first film with you as the director, so how was it working with them?

LARANAS: “I think yung mga fans ng tweens lalong bibilib sa kanila kasi makikita nila na hindi lang sila marunong sumayaw o kumanta. Mas maa-appreciate nila ang acting ng mga tweens dahil napaka-convincing talaga.”

Q: We are used to seeing Alden Richards portray a role of a “boy-next-door” cutie, but in this film he portrays the character of an abductor and rapist. How hard a task was it to transform a good-looking heartthrob into an evil antagonist? (laughs)

LARANAS: “Si Alden has one of the most difficult roles sa pelikula kasi halos wala siyang speaking lines; halos dalawang sentences lang. Kaya kung ikaw ang artista, paano mo ilalabas ang emosyon mo kung wala kang sasabihin? Ang mga manonood ay, at one point,kikiligin kay Alden and at another matatakot sila and yet ginawa niya ito through pure acting; without the help of so much words. Hindi lang siya magaling, talagang committed pa siya sa role niya.”

Q: Rhian Ramos is one versatile talent. We’ve seen her do drama and comedy, and she’s a good host too, what more can we expect from her in ‘The Road’?

LARANAS: “Rhian will show everyone how great an actress she is in this film. She is very serious in portraying her character. So serious that pag merong moments na pinapaiyak siya, ang hirap niyang mapatigil. Rhian has proven that she is a very good actress and I think she’s going to stay long in this business. I have told her that several times in the past, akala niya nagbibiro lang ako o pinupuri ko lang siya para mas ganahan siyang umarte, but it’s really true.”

Q: Where is this ‘road’?

LARANAS: “Most of our sequences were shot in Teresa, Rizal. Ang ganda ganda ng location; very cinematic and it’s actually the first time that it was used as a location for a film.”

Q: Did you have goose bumps while shooting the film?

LARANAS: “Hindi naman. But at one point, some of crew members refuse to use the restroom on the upper floor of the house where we shot several sequences in. Pati yung mismong road ay nakakatakot din talaga.Kahit nga yung artista, pagkatapos nilang mag-shoot nagmamadali silang umalis. Pati nga yung crew nagtatakutan kasi madilim talaga. Kami lang kasi yung nandun e. ‘Pag pinatay mo yung ilaw, ang dilim dilim niya talaga dahil malayo siya sa mga kabahayan e. Yun pa lang nakakatakot na, and I think yun kaagad ang maeexperience ng audience.”

Q: Your last feature film, Sigaw, reaped international acclaim and was even released abroad. Do you think “The Road” will replicate or even surpass its success?

LARANAS: “I really hope so. May mga [film] festival na humihingi na ng copies. Nakakatuwa dahil trailer pa lang ng pelikula maugong na sa internet. May mgaforeign buyer na rin na interested in releasing the movie in North America and Europe. Nagpapadala na kami ng screeners, kinakausap ko na yung mga festival organizer. Actually, ‘The Road’ is currently being evaluated by a big company in the States and hopefully, magustuhan nila at i-release nila.”

Q: What should moviegoers expect from this film?

LARANAS: “Maraming surprises na makikita ang audience sa mga cast ng pelikula. Yung tipong sasabihin nila na ‘Oh my God, ang galing pala nilang umarte.’ Pag nakita mo yung artistang hinahangaan mo TV at pag nakita mo siya sa pelikulang ‘The Road’,mapapansin mong meron silang ibang level sa pag-arte na hindi pa natin napapanood sa mga teleserye o movies na nagawa nila. At ako bilang direktor at bilang kasama nila sa trabaho ay natutuwa kasi nabigyan nila ng buhay yung script at yung kwento.”

Q: Why should horror fans watch “The Road”?

LARANAS: “The Road is a ghost story, that’s why it’s very real. Yung mga nakapanood na ng mga preview screenings namin isa lang ang sinasabi nila: ‘ayokong panoorin ‘tong mag-isa. We guarantee the audience that the ‘scare’ of the road is something new. Sana magustuhan nila, at sana panoorin nila.”

Q: After “The Road,” what kind of film would you want to do?

LARANAS: “Hindi ko pa alam kung anong klaseng movie ang gagawin ko, pero any story that’s compelling — may it be comedy, love story or thriller — walang problema sa akin.”

Dubbed as the scariest movie of the year, “The Road” opens in theaters nationwide beginning November 30 (Wednesday).
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