MANILA — Film Development Council of the Philippines chairperson Liza Diño-Seguerra announced on Tuesday via Facebook Live that the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino will not be extended, despite having received widespread critical acclaim.
#ExtendPPP trended on social media as thousands of fans pleaded for the filmfest to add more playdates. Its 6-day run ended on Tuesday.
"Marami pong lalabas na films (Wednesday) at naka-schedule na po sila. So we have to be fair po sa mga bagong pelikula naman po na lalabas," Diño-Seguerra said.
According to the film council head, three Pista entries — "100 Tula Para kay Stella," "Patay na si Hesus," and "Bar Boys" — will be shown at selected theaters.
Other Pista titles will be screened at Cine Lokal outlets at different SM malls. Entry for each film is priced at P150.
"Starting (Wednesday), PPP goes to Cine Lokal. Our nine films will be screened for an entire nine days from August 23 to August 31," Diño-Seguerra added.
On Monday, the film council announced that Pista earned P127 million in the box office in a span of six days. Jason Paul Laxamana's "100 Tula Para kay Stella" raked in the highest earnings with more than P80 million in ticket sales.