‘Mother Lily’ wants to know why ‘Pan­day’ is Best Pic­ture

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Mac Ale­jan­dre’s “Ang Pan­day,” which nar­rates the jour­ney of black­smith Flavio as he bat­tles evil with a dag­ger that he has forged, bagged the big­gest num­ber of hon­ors dur­ing the MMFF awards cer­e­mony held onMon­day night at the SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Pasay City. It also earned the cash prize of P800,000.

The fan­tasy-ad­ven­ture film, which fea­tures spe­cial ef­fects in­clud­ing fly­ing crea­tures and me­dieval fortresses, won for Sen. Ra­mon “Bong” Revilla the Best Ac­tor tro­phy. It is also the fes­ti­val’s top grosser, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial box of­fice records re­leased by the MMFF ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

Sharon Cuneta hand­ily won the Best Ac­tress award for her work as the strong-willed mother Melinda in “Mano Po 6.” Like Revilla, she brought home a cash prize of P800,000. (In the 2003 MMFF, Cuneta re­ceived the Peo­ple’s Choice for Best Ac­tress award for the “Cry­ing Ladies.”

“I love Bong. I’m happy that his film won the award. How­ever, I want the ju­rors to ex­plain how they came up with their de­ci­sion,” Mon­teverde told INQUIRER En­ter­tain­ment shortly af­ter the awards cer­e­mony.

Na­tional Artist for Film Ed­die Romero chairs the board of ju­rors com­posed of Cin­ema Eval­u­a­tion Board Chair Chris­tine Dayrit, Movie and Tele­vi­sion Re­view and Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Board Chair Consoliza Laguardia, MMFF ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Rolly Josef, film di­rec­tor Be­bong Oso­rio, Film Ed­i­tors Guild pres­i­dent Jess Navarro, film pro­ducer Si­mon Ongpin, com­poser Dero Pedero, Metropoli­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity AGM Plan­ning head Cora Cruz, Manila Bul­letin en­ter­tain­ment ed­i­tor Crispina Be­len and Marik­ina cen­ter of ex­cel­lence head Julie Borje.

Best Pic­ture cri­te­ria

The cri­te­ria for the Best Pic­ture award are artistry, cre­ativ­ity and tech­ni­cal ex­cel­lence, in­no­va­tion and global ap­peal, 40 per­cent; box-of­fice earn­ings in the first three days (Dec. 2527), 50 per­cent; and Filipino, cul­tural and/or his­tor­i­cal value, 10 per­cent.

But Mon­teverde pointed out that last year’s Best Pic­ture win­ner, Mark Meily’s “Baler,” did not do well at the box of­fice yet it won, any­way.

“I don’twish to be ac­cused of merely want­ing to be con­tro­ver­sial. It’s just that ev­ery­body wants to know what set of guide­lines the ju­rors fol­lowed to come up with this year’s set of win­ners,” she said.


Ac­cord­ing to Laguardia, the ju­rors were unan­i­mous in choos­ing “Ang Pan­day” as Best Pic­ture be­cause of its state-ofthe-art spe­cial ef­fects.

“We didn’t change the cri­te­ria or the guide­lines. It was ob­vi­ous in ‘Pan­day’ that great ef­fort was ex­erted in mak­ing it. Gi­nas­tu­san talaga (They spent a lot of money on it). Per­son­ally, I liked that all the cast mem­bers per­formed well,” she said.

Laguardia said the his­tor­i­cal film “Baler” was given the same award be­cause of its “re­deem­ing so­cial value.”

“All the im­por­tant el­e­ments were in ‘Baler.’ It’s pos­si­ble that the high score it got from the ju­rors pre­vailed over the low score it got in the box-of­fice earn­ings cri­te­rion,” she said.

2nd, 3rd best films

Lau­rice Guillen’s drama, “I Love You, Good­bye,” star­ring Gabby Concepcion and An­gel­ica Pan­gani­ban, won the Sec­ond Best Pic­ture award and a cash prize of P500,000. Tony Reyes’ hor­ror-com­edy “Ang Dar­ling Kong Aswang” got the Third Best Pic­ture tro­phy and P250,000.

“Ang Pan­day” also won for Phillip Sal­vador the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor tro­phy for his por­trayal of the vil­lain Lizardo. (He won the same award last year for his work in “Baler.”) Robert “Buboy” Vil­lar, who plays Flavio’s side­kick Bu­goy, was awarded Best Child Ac­tor.

The film also won the Best Pro­duc­tion De­sign and Best Vis­ual Ef­fects tro­phies for Richard Somes and Ray Jay San­ti­ago, re­spec­tively, as well as the Best Orig­i­nal Theme Song award for Ogie Al­casid for “Tang­ing Ikaw La­mang.”

Best di­rec­tor

Heart Evan­ge­lista re­ceived the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress award for her role as Stephanie, Melinda’s way­ward daugh­ter. “Af­ter the very long search for the right ac­tress to play Stephanie, God gave [Evan­ge­lista] to us,” Cuneta said.

Joel La­man­gan, was awarded Best Di­rec­tor for “Mano Po 6,” which he de­scribed as his “most im­por­tant film” so far. The film’s writer, Roy Igle­sias, won the Best Screen­play award and Von de Guz­man bagged the BestMu­si­cal Score award.

“Mano Po 6,” which deals with equal­ity among men and women and other gen­der is­sues, was also awarded Most Gen­der-Sen­si­tive Film.

It is also the re­cip­i­ent of the Gat­puno Vil­le­gas Memo­rial award.

‘Be hum­ble’

Com­edy king Dol­phy, the lead ac­tor in “No­body, No­body But… Juan,” re­ceived the Life­time Achieve­ment award for his con­tri­bu­tion to the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try in the past six decades.

In his ac­cep­tance speech, Dol­phy re­minded younger artists to al­ways be hum­ble: “The most painful thing about be­ing an ac­tor is re­al­iz­ing that you’re al­ready a has-been. That’s why [you have to] be hum­ble; al­ways keep your feet planted on the ground.”

A Post­hu­mous Award for Film Ser­vice and Ex­cel­lence was given to pro­ducer Espirid­ion Laxa, founder of the now de­funct Taga- log Ilang-Ilang Pro­duc­tions. Among those who ac­cepted the award on his be­half was his brother, for­mer ac­tor Tony Fer­rer.

“I Love You, Good­bye,” pro­duced by Star Cin­ema, won the Best Story award for Karen Ramos, Kris Gaz­men and Vanessa Valdez; the Best Cin­e­matog­ra­phy award for Lee Bri­ones Meily; and the Best Edit­ing tro­phy for Manet Dayrit and Efren Jar­lego.

“Ang Dar­ling Kong Aswang” got the Best Sound Record­ing award for Al­bert Michael Idioma.

“Shake Rat­tle and Roll 11” went home with a sin­gle honor—the Best Makeup tro­phy for Noel Flores.


Topel Lee’s action-fan­tasy film “Wa­pak­man,” star­ring Filipino box­ing icon Manny Pac­quiao, failed to win an award and landed on the bot­tom spot in the box-of­fice race.

Its pro­ducer, So­lar En­ter­tain­ment’s Wil­son Tieng, of­fered this ex­pla­na­tion: “Manny’s sched­ule was very hec­tic. We didn’t have enough time to do more post-pro­duc­tion­work. [But] the movie is fin­ished. His fans can still watch it.”

DOL­PHY, Life­time Achieve­ment Award SHARON CUNETA, best ac­tress for “Mano Po 6” HEART EVAN­GE­LISTA, best sup­port­ing ac­tress for “Mano Po 6” SEN. RA­MON“BONG” REVILLA, best ac­tor for “Ang Pan­day” LILY MON­TEVERDE, spe­cial awardee asks spe­cial ques­tions

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