• Walang Forever,’ ‘Honor Thy Father,’ ‘Nilalang,’ big winners at MMFF 2015 awards night

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    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

    CHRISTINA ALPAD

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