• 8 MMFF entries will be Filipino classics – MMDA chairman

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    My Big Bossing, Praybeyt Benjamin 2, Feng Shui 2, Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo, Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles, English Only Please, Magnum Muslim .375, and Shake, Rattle and Roll 15.

    These are the eight Filipino film entries and mainstream finalists to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) that are expected to break box office records, according to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, concurrent chairman of the 40th MMFF Executive Committee.

    “I can now reasonably foresee that these movies will ultimately become classics in Philippine cinema and will continue to draw audiences decades after they first debut in theaters this Christmas,” Tolentino declared.

    He presented the eight official entries together with their lead actors, directors and producers at a gathering on December 4 at the Sampaguita Gardens in Quezon City.

    The lead actors of the eight official entries include Robin Padilla, Vina Morales, Daniel Padilla and Jasmine Curtis Smith for Bonifacio; Derek Ramsay and Jennylyn Mercado for English Only Please; Kris Aquino and Coco Martin for Feng Shui 2; Dingdong Dantes and Isabelle Daza for Kubot; Jeorge Estregan and Sam Pinto for Magnum Muslim .375; Vic Sotto and Ryzza Mae Dizon for My Big Bossing; Vice Ganda, Richard Yap and Bimby Aquino Yap for Praybeyt Benjamin 2; and Dennis Trillo and Carla Abellana for Shake, Rattle and Roll 15.

    Leveraging on the lessons learned from previous years, the MMFF will once again surround the film festival with a full slate of promotional activities that will generate even more excitement and awareness among the public.

    Among the activities that have been lined up for this year is led by the traditional Parade of Stars at 1 p.m. on December 23. The route will start from Bradco Ave., left on Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., right on EDSA, left on Roxas Blvd., and will end at the Quirino Grandstand.

    The Awards Night is slated on December 27, 7 p.m. at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

    For the past 39 years, the film festival has been one of the most respected award giving bodies in the local movie industry—a reputation earned because of the stakeholders’ constant drive for excellence and improvement.

    This year will also see the debut of 16 entry-finalists to the New Wave section of MMFF 2014 at SM Megamall and Glorietta 4 cinemas from December 17 to December 24 as a prelude to the annual mainstream festival, which will open on Christmas Day.

    Tolentino said that the film fest will also pay tribute to various luminaries who have contributed to the success of the festival, from its founding in 1975 to the present year, where the MMFF continues to break theater gross earnings.

    By virtue of Metro Manila Commission Executive Order No. 86-09, and pursuant to Presidential Proclamation Nos. 1459, 1485, 1533-A, and 1674, the MMFF is held during the holidays to recognize the role of the film industry in providing artistic depictions of both this country’s stories and history. An Executive Committee, headed by the MMDA chairman and composed of key members from the film industry, supervises this annual event.

    The proceeds of the festival are remitted to the beneficiary organization such as Mowelfund, Film Academy of the Philippines, Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council, Optical Media Board, Film Development Council of the Philippines.

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