MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Laguna Governor ER Ejercito’s film “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story” bagged 11 awards, including Best Picture, during the 37th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Awards Night on Wednesday.
“Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story” was awarded Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (John Regala), Best Screenplay (Roi Inglesias and Rey Ventura), Best Production Design, Best Original Theme Song and Best Cinematography (Carlo Mendoza).
The film was also honored with the prestigious Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award.
Despite the controversial ruling disqualifying Regal Film's “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, its lead star Maricel Soriano was named as Best Actress.
The Best Actor award went to Dingdong Dantes for his role in “Segunda Mano”.
For her supporting role in the film “My Househusband: Ikaw na!”, Eugene Domingo took home the Best Supporting Actress trophy.
Kapamilya child star Bugoy Cariño, meanwhile, was named as the competition’s Best Child Performer for his role in “Shake, Rattle & Roll XIII”.
The year's Best Float award was given to “Ang Panday 2”.
Under the new wave category, ABS-CBN talent JM de Guzman of the film “Pintakasi” bagged the Indie Film Best Actor award, while the Best Indie Film Actress went to “HIV” star Iza Calzado.
Below is the list of the 37th MMFF award winners:
Best Picture - Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
2nd Best Picture - Enteng ng Ina Mo
3rd Best Picture - Shake, Rattle & Roll XIII
Best Director - Tikoy Aguiluz/ Darell dela Cruz (Asiong Salonga)
Best Actor - Dingdong Dantes (Segunda Mano)
Best Actress - Maricel Soriano (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow)
Best Supporting Actor - John Regala ( Asiong Salonga)
Best Supporting Actress - Eugene Domingo (My Househusband)
Best Child Performer - Bugoy Cariño (Shake, Rattle & Roll XIII)
Best Original Story - Shake, Rattle & Roll XIII
Best Screenplay - Roi Iglesias and Rey Ventura (Asiong Salonga)
Best Production Design - Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Best Editing - Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Best Musical Score - Jerry Lazaten (Asiong Salonga)
Best Sound Recording - Mike Idioma (Asiong Salonga)
Best Visual Effects - Riot, Inc. (Ang Panday 2)
Best Make-Up - Enteng ng Ina Mo
Best Original Theme Song - "La Paloma" by Ely Buendia (Asiong Salonga)
Best Cinematography - Carlo Mendoza (Asiong Salonga)
Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award - Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Gender Sensitivity Award - “My House Husband: Ikaw na!”
New Wave Category (Independent)
Best New Wave Full-length Indie Film - “Pintakasi”
Best New Wave Student Film - “Payaso”
Special Jury Prize for Technical Excellence - “Biyahe ni Barbie” (College of St. Benilde)
Gender Sensitivity Award (Student Category) - “Speechless” (Miriam College)
Gender Sensitivity Award (Full-Length Category) - “HIV” by Neil Tan
Best New Wave Actor - JM de Guzman
Best New Wave Actress - Iza Calzado
Best New Wave Student Short Film - Mate
Lifetime Achievement Award - Eddie Garcia
Posthumous Award - Lito Calzado
During the awards night, the MMFF also expressed its intention to help the victims of tropical storm Sendong.
The MMFF made a donation to the flood-stricken population in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City.
The 37th MMFF Awards Night will air on ABS-CBN Channel 2 on Sunday, 10:45 p.m. -- With reports from Jasmin Romero and Gretchen Fullido, ABS-CBN News