As the saying goes, the show must go on.
Amidst ticket swapping allegations and film disqualification, as well as the ire of many Filipino film aficionados, the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival held its Awards Night on Sunday at Kia Theater in Araneta Center, Quezon City.
Walang Forever came out as the night’s biggest winner with six awards including FPJ Memorial Award for Film Excellence, Best Original Story, Best Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Actor for Jericho Rosales, and Best Actress for Jennylyn Mercado.
And despite its sudden disqualification for the Best Picture category a day before award’s night, Honor Thy Father still bagged two major awards–Best Director for Erik Matti and Best Supporting Actor for Tirso Cruz 3rd–on top of Best Child Performer, Best Original Theme Song, and Best Makeup Artist awards.
Below is the complete list of winners:
Best Picture: Walang Forever
Second Best Picture: Buy Now, Die Later
Third Best Picture: My Bebe Love
Best Actress: Jennylyn Mercado – Walang Forever
Best Actor: Jericho Rosales – Walang Forever
Best Director: Erik Matti – Honor Thy Father
Best Supporting Actress: Maine Mendoza – My Bebe Love
Best Supporting Actor: Tirso Cruz III – Honor Thy Father
Best Child Performer: Krystal Brimner – Honor Thy Father
Best Screenplay: Paul Sta. Ana – Walang Forever
Best Original Story: Dan Villegas and Antoinette Jadaone – Walang Forever
Best Editing: Nilalang
Best Cinematography: Nilalang
Best Production Design: Buy Now, Die Later
Best Visual Effects: Nilalang
Best Festival Sound: Ditoy Aguila – Nilalang
Best Musical Score: Jessy Lasaten – Nilalang
Best Theme Song: “Tao” by Armi Millare – Honor Thy Father
Best Festival Make-up Artist: Ryan Panaligan and Erika Racela – Honor Thy Father
Gat Puno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: My Bebe Love
FPJ Memorial Award for Film Excellence: Walang Forever
Male Celebrity of the Night: Cesar Montano
Female Celebrity of the Night: Jennylyn Mercado
Best Float Award: Buy Now, Die Later