The eight official entries to this year's Metro Manila Film Festival were announced last Saturday by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, who is also the over-all chairman of the Metro Manila Film Festival.
In alphabetical order, the eight official entries to the 38th MMFF are "Conyo Problems" (GMA Films), starring Aljur Abrenica, Benjamin Alves, Michael Daez, Solenn Heussaff, Isabel Diaz, Bianca King and directed by Andoy Ranay; "El Presidente" (Cinema Concept Int'l Inc.), starring E.R. Estregan and Cristine Reyes with Mark Meily as director; "Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang: Pedrong Walang Takot/Mariang Alimango" (Unitel Pictures/TV5), starring Richard Gomez, Paolo Contis, Iza Calsado, Rufa Mae Quinto with directors Mark Meily and Chris Martinez;
"One More Try" (ABS-CBN/Viva Films), directed by Ruel Bayani and starring Dingdong Dantes, Zanjoe Marujo, Angel Locsin and Angelica Panganiban; "Sisteraka" (Star Cinema/TV5), starring Vice Ganda and Kris Aquino under the direction of Wenn Deramas; "Shake, Rattle & Roll 14" (Regal Entertainment), starring Vhong Navarro, Dennis Trillo, Herbert Bautista, Carla Abellana, Lovi Poe, Janice De Belen and Iza Calzado with Chito Roño as director;
"Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote and Me" (Octoarts Films, M-Zet Productions/Imus Productions/Apt Entertainment/GMA Films, starring Bong Revilla, Vic Sotto and Judy Ann Santos; "The Strangers" (Quantum Films), starring Enrique Gil, Enchong Dee and Julia Montes under the direction of Lawrence Fajardo.
As to their box-office goal, Chairman Tolentino said, "we hope to surpass if not equal the box-office gross of last year's MMFF which was P638-million."
The 38th MMFF will officially start on Dec. 25 with the traditional and much-awaited "Parade of Stars" preceding it on Dec. 24.
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Celebs, Public Servants In Basketball Exhibition Game
Another very successful fundraising event was spearheaded recently by Kuya Daniel Razon in support of his scholarship program. Billed "Sing & Shoot Part 2 (Change Court)," and held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, it pitted celebrities against public servants.
Similar to the first "Sing & Shoot" event, it had some of the country's best music artists gracing the friendly basketball match prior to the game event. The mini-concert performers included Nina and Gerald Santos along with singing champions Glee Nette Gaddi, Jude Matthew Servilla and UNTV's "Kasangbahay" news anchors Louella de Cordova and Veronica Alejar.
In the first "Sing & Shoot" basketball match, the Team Celebrities won over Team Public Servants. But this time around, it was a draw with each team scoring 103. So expect a third match next year.
Team Celebrities, coached by Tirso Cruz III, is composed by Ervic Vijandre, Zoren Legaspi, Jordan Herrera, Kier Legaspi, Bentot Jr., Brando Legaspi, Rey "PJ" Abellana, Bobby Henson (FPJ look-alike), Eric Fructuoso, Jeffrey Santos, Dinky Doo Jr., Dave Almarinez and John Hall who was named MVP after the game.
Team Public Servants, with coach Bo Perasol, had Reps. Arnel Cerafica, Sigrido Tinga, Erin Tanada III and Sherwin Tugna, who was awarded MVP of the team, PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome, PNP officers Roque Ramirez, Marlon Tiglao, Joseph Cabanting, Dennis Escalona, and Dave Almarinez, and Atty. Midas Marquez and Rodel Chua from the Supreme Court.
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The Manila Hotel Memorabilia Search
The historic Manila Hotel, on its centennial celebration, would like to share with this generation memories and treasured items of the Grand Dame by the sea. An exhibit will be set up for this from July to December 2012 at the Lobby Lounge and will be open to the public.
In this connection, friends and patrons of the hotel who possess any memorabilia of Manila Hotel in the form of pictures, newspaper clippings or any item from yesteryears, are invited to share them to be displayed will be under glass cases for security purposes and preservation.
For more information about the memorabilia search, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, June 20, go to Restie Umali, Jose Rodriguez of Agencia Elfie, Frannie Aguinaldo-Jacinto, former producer AliciaPoltan, veteran beautician Beny Baluyot, Arsi Baltazar, Florenda M. Briones, Linda O. Marquez, Jennifer Celeste Esclamado Morelos, Catrina Santos, Simone Louise Hubert and Balita entertainment editor Dindo Balares... Belated b-day greetings to Rachel Tolentino of FEU Hospital (June 6) and Phoebe Javier of RPN 9 (June 18)...