It was supposed to be a day filled with love and generosity but for fans of the phenomenal love team and arguably 2015’s biggest newsmaker, ‘AlDub,’ it was a day filled with anger and deceit as the most awaited day they have been waiting, the release of their favorite love team’s debut movie at Metro Manila Film Festival 2015, was tainted with ticket swapping issue.
As expected, long queues were seen with most moviegoers clamoring for a seat inside any cinema that screens My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore, top billed by Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai delas Alas and AlDub or Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza. But later in the day, netizens started posting photos of their tickets which, confusingly, showed they have seen Beauty and the Bestie, another MMFF entry, instead.
After seeing throngs of tweets, My Bebe Love director Joey Reyes confirmed the incident on his personal account, @DirekJoey: “Got word from producer: IT IS TRUE. Make sure that the title of the movie on YOUR ticket is what you want to watch. Beware of ticket swapping.”
But he tried to calm the enraged fans by also tweeting, “Be calm. Just double-check the tickets issued to you before leaving the counter. All will be well. Be happy. It is Christmas.
For its part, SM Cinema, where ticket swapping allegedly occurred, released a statement thru its Twitter account, @SM_Cinema, “(re:ticket): After verification, it was a mistake due to the high volume of tickets purchased. Apology for any inconvenience.”
It was immediately followed with, “In case this happens again, kindly get your ticket replaced at the cinema booth. Rest assured that the transaction will be counted fairly. Thank you.”
The series of tweets were immediately deleted and replaced with, “Regarding the ticket issue: We’ll be verifying the details with SM Cinema Bacoor first. Kindly wait for our update. Thank you.”
The following day, December 26, MMFF organizers, through their official Facebook account released a statement denying the occurrence of ticket swapping.
“The Metro Manila Film Festival, after looking into the ticket swapping issue, strongly denies the existence of such and is enjoining all the stakeholders of the Festival to be responsible in expressing their sentiments especially on Social Media. The objective of the MMFF is to promote the local film industry and this baseless issue will only sideline the true intent and purpose of the Festival. Let’s continue supporting all the entries of the MMFF 2015.”
But amidst allegations, initial reports received by GMA Films showed that AlDub’s first-ever movie together had gross earnings of 60,462,169.57 pesos on its opening day.
According to gmanetwork.com, the movie earned over 33 million pesos from Metro Manila and over 27 million pesos from different provinces. Moreover, My Bebe Love now holds the biggest opening day gross for any Filipino films.