Vice Ganda defends Maricel's Best Actress win

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Posted at Jan 06 2014 12:34 PM | Updated as of Jan 06 2014 08:34 PM

"Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy" star Vice Ganda guests on "Buzz ng Bayan."

MANILA – Vice Ganda came to the defense of "Boy Girl Bakla Tomboy" co-star Maricel Soriano after critics questioned her best actress victory at the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards night.

This also comes amid complaints received by the MMFF board from the producers of entry "Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel," which was supposedly snubbed at the MMFF awards.

In an interview with “Buzz ng Bayan” on Sunday, Vice Ganda said being named best actress does not depend on the number of scenes an actress appears in.

“Hindi naman kasi ito paramihan ng eksena sa pelikula. Kasi kung tutuusin, siyempre mas marami ang eksena ko kaysa kay Maricel dahil ako ang pinakabida. Pero sa bawat eksenang nilabasan niya, napatunayan niyang siya ang best actress,” he said.

Saying the veteran actress deserved the recognition, Vice Ganda added: “Ako po talaga, isang malaking karangalan sa akin na nakatrabaho ko 'yung nanay ko na si Maricel Soriano. Marami ang umiidolo kay Maricel Soriano.”

During the awards night, “Kimmy Dora” lead actress Eugene Domingo was named Female Star of the Night. She joked in her acceptance speech that the award was a consolation prize for not winning Best Actress.

Afraid to make more movies?

Meanwhile, Vice Ganda admitted that he also feels scared to make another movie because his past films have been doing very well in the box office.

“Kung e-entertainin mo lahat ng sinasabi at naririnig mo, nakakatakot talaga kaya hinahayaan ko na lang. Naririnig ko pero hindi ko masyadong kinakarir kung ano man ang sinasabi ng tao,” the "It's Showtime" host said.

Vice Ganda said he is thankful that moviegoers continue to patronize his movies.

“Iniyakan ko na. Nung umiyak ako kay direk Wenn (Deramas), sabi ko, ‘Sinusumpa ko, hindi na ako gagawa ulit ng ganito.’ Pero sulit naman sa ibinigay na suporta ng mga tao. Nakakatuwa kasi itong ‘Gil Boy Bakla Tomboy,’ napakaraming nanood at bukod sa pinanood nila ng paulit-ulit, pinuri pa nila. Nagpapasalamat ako,” he said.

As of Saturday, MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said “Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy” remains among the top four earners in this year’s MMFF.

On Friday, the producers of the Vice Ganda-starrer reported that the film have already breached the P300-million mark in earnings.