29 December 2011

'Asiong' wins 11 MMFF plums; Maricel, Dingdong best actors

Action-drama made an underdog comeback when box-office cellar dweller “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story” won 11 awards during the “Gabi ng Parangal” of the 37th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) last Thursday Night at the Resorts World Manila Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City.
The biopic took home the Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Roy Iglesias and Ray Venura), Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award, Best Supporting Actor (John Regala), and Best Director (Gary de la Cruz) awards.
On the other hand, Dingdong Dantes was awarded Best Actor for his performance in the horror-drama “Segunda Mano.”
Maricel Soriano won Best Actress for the drama “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” made controversial by its disqualification by the MMFF Executive Committee (Execom) from four award categories – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and the Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award.
Organizers deemed that the Jun Lana-directed drama deviated from its submitted script.
In protest of the Execom’s decision, its film producer Lily Monteverde and the film’s cast and crew, including Soriano, did not attend the awards night.
Meanwhile, the action motion picture starring Jeorge ER Ejercito which chronicles Asiong Salonga’s colorful life made headlines after its director, Amable “Tikoy” Aguiluz, had his name removed from the film, decrying how producers edited his movie without his knowledge.
On December 23, the Intellectual Property Rights Office issued a temporary restraining order for film producer, Scenema Concept International, to remove Aguiluz’s name as the director from its credits and all promotional materials.
Below is the complete list of winners:
Best Picture – “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story;” 2nd Best Picture – “Enteng Ng Ina Mo;” 3rd Best Picture – “Shake Rattle & Roll 13;” Best Actress – Maricel Soriano (“Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”); Best Actor – Dingdong Dantes (“Segunda Mano”); Best Director – Tikoy Aguiluz (“Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story”); Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award – “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story;”
Best Screenplay – Roy Iglesias and Ray Ventura (“Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story”); Best Story – Chris Martinez and Marlon Rivera (“Rain, Rain, Go Away,” Shake, Rattle, and Roll 13); Best Supporting Actress – Eugene Domingo (“My Househusband”); Best Supporting Actor – John Regala (“Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story”); Best Child Performer – Bugoy Cariño (“Shake Rattle and Roll 13”);
Gender Sensitivity Award – “My Househusband;” Best Cinematography – Carlo Mendoza (“Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story”); Best Original Theme Song – “La Paloma” by Ely Buendia (“Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story”); Best Musical Score – Jerry Lazaten (“Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story”); Best Sound Recording – Mike Idioma (“Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story”);
Best Editing – Jason Canapay and Ryan Orduna (“Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story”); Best Production Design – Fritz Siloria, Mona Soriano, and Ronaldo Cadapan (“Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story”); Best Visual Effects – “Ang Panday 2” (Riot Inc.); Best Make-Up – Florencia Penero, Niccolo Medina, Jayvee Flores (Enteng Ng Ina Mo);
Best Float – “Ang Panday 2”; New Wave Section; Best Full-Length Film – “Pintakasi”; Best Actress – Iza Calzado (“HIV”); Best Actor – JM de Guzman (“Pintakasi”); Gender Sensitivity Award (Full-Length Category) – “HIV” by Neil Tan; Gender Sensitivity Award (Student Category) – “Speechless” (Miriam College);
Best Student Film – “Payaso” (De La Salle Lipa) and “Mate” (Colegio de San Juan de Letran); Special Jury Prize – “Biyahe Ni Barbie” by Kookai Labayen (Dela Salle College of St. Benilde); Special Awards; Lifetime Achievement Award – Eddie Garcia; Posthumous Award – Lito Calzado;
SMDC Most Glamorous Stars – Iza Calzado and Ryan Agoncillo; Male Face of the Night – Richard Gomez; Female Face of the Night – Iza Calzado; Male Celebrity Sexiest Appeal of the Night – Jeorge Estregan, Jr.; Female Celebrity Sexiest Appeal of the Night – Judy Ann Santos; Male Kutis Ganda Award – Ryan Agoncillo; and Female Kutis Ganda Award – Ai-Ai de las Alas.




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