As predicted by countless Filipinos all over the globe, My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore has clinched the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) box-office race.
The Metro Manila Development Authority reported that My Bebe Love is one of the top 4 highest-grossing films alongside Haunted Mansion; Beauty and the Bestie; and All You Need is Pag-ibig. Together, the films have earned P150-million on its opening day.
Starring comedy box-office royalties Vic Sotto and Ai Ai delas Alas, alongside the phenomenal AlDub loveteam of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, the movie also features Eat Bulaga mainstays namely Joey de Leon, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Jimmy Santos, and Pauleen Luna.
It is produced by OctoArts Films, M-Zet Television Productions, Inc., APT Entertainment, GMA Films and Meda Production, the same film outlets behind My Big Bossing (2014) and My Little Bossings (2013), box-office hits over the last two MMFFs. Both films also starred child star Dizon and other Eat Bulaga dabarkads—the moniker of the show’s mainstay hosts.
Airing Mondays to Saturdays every week, Eat Bulaga holds an average of 20-percent audience share before the phenomenal AlDub love team came along and doubled the figures. It is without a doubt that patrons of the longest-running noontime show are the same audience who supported My Bebe Love.
Also noteworthy is Mendoza’s win as the Best Supporting Actress for portrayal of Anna Carillo, the stubborn and notorious daughter of Sotto’s character. The other half of the AlDub loveteam, Mendoza is relatively a newcomer in the showbiz industry, and the movie is her debut in the big screen.
Aside from the Best Supporting Actress Award, My Bebe Love also bagged the prestigious Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards, given annually to movies that “the best film that best portrays Philippine culture and Filipino people to the world”.
Naysayers did not make it any easier for My Bebe Love as they also questioned why it received the movie when previous recipients of the award include José Rizal, Muro-ami, Tanging Yaman, Bagong Buwan, Baler, Rosario, Thy Womb, and Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo, among others.