Changes in 2010 MMFF introduced

MANILA, Philippines - In this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), there will be three notable changes. This was announced by Atty. Francis N. Tolentino, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman who's also MMFF 2010 over-all chairman, during the recent press launch of the festival at Club Filipino.

First, the controversial commercial viability (box-office performance of the entries) criterion that decided heavily on the selection of the Best Picture in previous festivals has been removed. The criteria this time for the selection of Best Picture(s) are artistry, creativity and technical excellence, innovativeness, thematic value and global appeal (70 percent) and Filipino cultural and/or historical value (30 percent).

Second, this year's MMFF will give tribute to independent films with the showing of five carefully chosen indie films at SM Megamall a week before the actual MMFF played on Dec. 25. These films are ''Senior Year'' by Jerrold Tarog; ''Nasaan si Hefte'' by Jonnah Lim; ''Presa'' by Adolf Alix, Jr., ''Slow Fade'' by Rommel Sales; and ''Rindido'' by Noriel Jarito.

Chairman Tolentino said that this ''Tribute to the Indie Films-Philippine Premier'' intends to promote quality independent films and to encourage filmmakers with limited budget.

Third, the board of jurors will be expanded to include men and women from the masa, like housewives, drivers, students, teachers, etc. They will join the established MMFF jurors.

The eight official entries to MMFF 2010 are ''Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote'' (APT, Inc., GMA Films, Imus Productions, M-Zet TV Production, Inc. and OctoArts Films), ''Ang Tanging Ina Rin (Last na Ito),'' ABS-CBN Productions, Inc.; ''Dalaw'' (Cine Media/Star Cinema), ''Father Jejemon'' (RVQ Productions), ''Rosario'' (Cinemanila International), ''RPG'' (ABS-CBN Productions/Ambient Media); ''Shake, Rattle & Roll XII'' (Regal Entertainment), and ''Super Inday and the Golden Bibe'' (Regal Entertainment).

The MMFF 2010 Executive Committee is composed of: Atty. Francis N. Tolentino, over-all chairman; Mayor Herbert Bautista, co-chairman; Jesse M. Ejercito, executive chairman; Mark Meily, vice chairman; Atty. Emmanuel de Castro, executive director; Ms. Ludia Domingo, asst. executive director; Atty. Rochelle Macapili, OIC, MMDA Office of the GM; Wilson Y. Tieng, Boots Anson-Roa, Dominic Du, Leo Martinez, Manuel Nuqui, Marcus Ng, Roesholm Camaligan, Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares, Atty. Nomie E. Ilagan, Atty. Aristodes Ruaro, Atty. Crisanto Saruca, Atty. Ramon Remollo, Atty Yves, Gonzalez and Ed Lara, members.

The 2010 MMFF will run from Dec. 25, 2010 to Jan. 3, 2011. The Awards Night will be held on Dec. 26 at Meralco Theater.

• • •
Three hot stars endorse F&H

Three of today's celebrity endorsers led the Parade of Stars in Folded & Hung's biggest event this year billed as the ''2010 Streetcast Fashion Show'' held recently at SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia.

With the theme ''it is who you are not what you spend,'' Streetcast is offering the best of casual street style, taking inspiration from what festivalgoers wear to celebrate the three-day Coachella Muisic and Arts Festival held every year in Indio' California as a homage to art in all forms.

The stars who modelled the F&H collection included Luis Alandy, Princess Snell, Luane Dy, Gretchen Espina, Prince Stefan, Tim Yap, Isabelle Abierra, Helga Ktapf, Kazel Kinouchi, April Sun, Rachel Bustamante, Lance Christopher, Jose Sasola, Xian Lim, Enrique Gil, JP and JM Lagumbay.

• • •

Angelos' Christmas album launch tour

The first Christmas album of the famed group Angelos is already out and in fact it had its first launch promo mall tour at SM Megamall Atrium last Nov. 6. The succeeding mall tour schedule is as follows: Nov. 30 at The Block SM North Edsa, Dec. 4, SM Bacoor; Dec. 5, SM Sta. Rosa; Dec. 10, SM Rosario, Cavite; Dec. 11, SM Fairview; Dec. 12, SM Dasmariñas; Dec. 13, SM Mall of Asia; Dec. 14, Glorietta; Dec. 15, Robinsons Manila; Dec. 17, The Podium; Dec. 19, SM Pasig. Other mall tours, as well as school campus tour dates and the venues will be announced later.

Angelos is a classical-pop tenor group composed of young, vibrant and good-looking Filipino artists: George S. Tagle, Miguel Aguila, Paolo Libiran, Louie Abaigar, and the newest member, KC Aldana.

The Angelos won the Aliw Awards' Best Group in Concert category in 2009.

They have been travelling and performing all over the world (with standing ovations) and have awed their audience with their ''music from the heart.'' Some of their notable performances include the 77th birthday concert for former US Pres. Jimmy Carter, a concert of Ms. Lani Misalucha in Las Vegas, back-to-back concerts with world-renowned pianist David Osborne, at the World Expo, at the 10th anniversary of Macau Sar, two concerts in the River Rock Show Theater in Vancouver, Canada, and many others.

For more information about Angelos, visit their website and Facebook account: The Angelos.

• • •
Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings Monday, Nov. 29, go to GMA Pres./COO Gilberto Duavit, Gen. Jose Calimlim, Evangeline Pascual, Raymond Lauchengco, Dante Silverio, Tanini Serrano de Leon, Chaminia Banal, Lani Leabres, Rafael Teotico, Purita Galano, Mel A. Celeste, Atty. Ester Sison Cruz, and Bishop Filomeno Bactol of Biliran Province.... Walker Undearwear has partnered with SM Dept. Store and Hypermarket for its Buy-3-Take-One promo. From Nov. 1-30, consumers can avail themselves of this promo at any SM Dept. Sore and Hypermarket located nationwide. Walker underwear is one of the trusted names in Men's Underwear collection, that has been around for more than 50 years from now. Walkers delivers the most complete and innovative line of underwear options - from briefs, boxers shorts, t-shirts, sando's made with strict adherence to quality and comfort, Filipinos want...


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • ‘Next leader must not be newbie’
    ‘Next leader must not be newbie’

    Vice President Jejomar Binay believes the next president of the Philippines must have vast experience and a long track record in governance and in dealing with crises. “I am very much convinced that the local government is the best training ground for those who want to run for national government positions,” he said. Binay said he is determined to run for president in 2016 on the strength of his competence and track record. …

  • Massacre suspect tests negative for poisoning
    Massacre suspect tests negative for poisoning

    A suspect in the Maguindanao massacre case who had been examined at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) tested negative for poisoning, medical records released yesterday showed. However, the Quezon City court handling the multiple murder case resolved to isolate Police Officer 1 Pia Kamidon from the rest of the accused detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig for his safety. In a two-page order, Regional Trial Court Branch 221 assisting Judge Genie Gapas-Agbada ordered jail officials to …

  • ‘Homework first before Facebook’
    ‘Homework first before Facebook’

    President Aquino elicited laughter from students here as he reminded them to open books first before Facebook. “Finish your assignments first before making a raid in the Clash of Clans,” Aquino said, referring to a popular online game. In a speech during the turnover yesterday of two new three-story buildings at the Tarlac National High School, he said the government could only provide opportunities for learning but the rest of the work would be up to the students. The new school buildings …

  • Espina resignation confirmed; Noy looks for replacement
    Espina resignation confirmed; Noy looks for replacement

    President Aquino ended speculations yesterday and confirmed that Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina had indeed resigned as officer-in-charge of the Philippine National Police. As of this time, we are conducting various interviews and checks on the various candidates,” Aquino told reporters at the Tarlac National High School in Tarlac City. Aquino had kind words for Espina, saying that he stood by and defended the 44 slain police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in the operation in …

  • Palace welcomes G7 concern over sea reclamation
    Palace welcomes G7 concern over sea reclamation

    President Aquino welcomed yesterday the Group of Seven industrialized countries’ expression of concern over rising tension in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, calling it a clear indication of the global scope of the problem ramped up by China’s massive reclamation activities in disputed waters. In Tarlac City where he led the turnover of new classrooms, Aquino told reporters that goodwill and not tension must prevail in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, where territorial …

  • DepEd, TESDA tie up for K to 12
    DepEd, TESDA tie up for K to 12

    The Department of Education (DepEd) has partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the first two years of implementation of the K to 12 program. “We will use TESDA centers as technical-vocational laboratories for senior high school,” DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said during the inauguration of 30 new classrooms at the Tarlac National High School yesterday. The classrooms were constructed in partnership with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. …

  • SE Asia Stocks-Philippine falls on foreign selling; others flat to weaker

    BANGKOK, April 17 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets ended flat to weaker on Friday as Philippine stocks slid on selling led by foreign funds and Singapore shares extended losses with investors ... …

  • Philippine Airlines parent says back in black
    Philippine Airlines parent says back in black

    Philippine Airlines' parent firm said it had returned to profitability, the first time in three years either entity reported being in the black for an entire year. In a filing with the Philippine Stock Exchange Thursday, PAL Holdings reported an after-tax net profit of 129.74 million pesos ($2.93 million) in its fiscal year to December 31. …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options