Our Christmas holiday is not complete without catching the entries from the annual Metro Manila Film Festival. Are you ready to watch these films?
It’s one month before Christmas! We are already busy buying gifts for our loved ones and planning what the menu for the Noche Buena would be. We can’t wait for those Christmas parties, reunions and all of those pigging out sessions. But a part of our December traditions would be watching the most awaited Metro Manila Film Festival!
In case you haven’t heard, it is indeed official. The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) recently announced the ‘magic eight’ that will be shown from December 25 to the first week of 2018. The selection committee made it a point to have an entry in every genre. Take a look at these films that will definitely give us the rollercoaster ride of feels:
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8. Meant to Beh
This is Dawn Zulueta and Vic Sotto’s much-awaited reunion after working together in Okay Ka, Fairy Ko in 1987. That was 30 years ago! This tells the story of Ron and Andrea, a couple married out of their will. They try hard to make their marriage work in all the funny ways.
Genre: Family, Comedy
Lead Actors: Vic Sotto and Dawn Zulueta
Director: Chris Martinez
7. Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad
Vice Ganda goes back to the film festival with her rainbow-themed costume a la Card Captor Sakura. Daniel Padilla is dressed in all black which is reminiscent of Batman. Meanwhile, this is Pia Wurtzbach’s exciting comeback to the big screen as she shows off her Amazonian goddess looks with her gold costume. These superheroes do their best to fight the evil forces with their strength, wit and most of all, humor.
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Lead Actors: Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla and Pia Wurtzbach
Director: Joyce Bernal
6. Ang Panday
The immortal Lizardo (Jake Cuenca) comes back from the darkness and tries hard to destroy the human race. Flavio III, the grandson of the original Panday, realizes that his bloodline is the only one that can save humanity from this evil creature. His life will have the 360-degree turn as he scours completely different worlds with the mythical power of the legendary sword just to save the world.
Genre: Fantasy, Action
Lead Actor: Coco Martin
Director: Rodel Nacianceno
5. Haunted Forest
This revolves around the story of Aris and his estranged daughter, Nica. Aris was reassigned to a case of a murder which was staged like the death of his childhood friend. While his father is away, Nica, her cousin, and friends went for an outing. This is where she starts to experience weird things that will eventually get worse.
Lead Actors: Jane Oineza, Jameson Blake, Maris Racal and Jon Lucas
Director: Ian Loreños
4. Deadma Walking
This is a Palanca award-winning comedy about gay best friends, John and Mark. Their friendship is put to the test when one of them got a terminal illness and asks the other to help him stage his fake death, wake and funeral as his dying wish. The result is the funniest death, wake, and funeral ever.
Lead Actors: Joross Gamboa and Edgar Allan Guzman
Director: Julius Alfonso
3. All of You
Gab and Gabby found their way toward each other by an app. They casually met in a restaurant, shared a little about themselves and shared a bed on that same day. They eventually fell in love and agreed to be in a relationship regardless of their different views on love and marriage. As they hit the 3-year mark, they started to ask themselves if they could really meet halfway or would just have to move forward without each other.
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Lead Actors: Jennylyn Mercado and Derek Ramsay
Director: Dan Villegas
This is a story of three completely different characters losing and finding themselves as they fall in and out of love and vice versa. More than a love triangle between the characters, this features the natural beauty of Siargao that is rooting to be another top tourist destination.
Genre: Romance, Drama
Lead Actors: Erich Gonzales, Jericho Rosales and Jasmine Curtis-Smith
Director: Paul Soriano
1. Ang Larawan
This is set in pre-World War II in Old Manila (Intramuros). Don Marasigan, a rich and well-known painter, is in artistic drought. His daughters, Candida and Paula, do all they can to deal with the financial struggle and the family turmoil. More than that, this film features original music by no less than Ryan Cayabyab and script by the National Artist for Theater and Literature, Rolando Tinio.
Genre: Musical, Drama
Lead Actors: Rachel Alejandro, Joanna Ampil and Paulo Avelino
Director: Loy Arcenas
There they are! Which of these films do you plan to watch? Share us your thoughts!