'Potent' Coco-Vic tandem helped boost MMFF 2018 earnings

Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 10 2019 01:16 PM | Updated as of Jan 10 2019 02:58 PM


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MANILA -- Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) chairman Danilo Lim said that aside from Vice Ganda's "Fantastica," the tandem of Kapamilya actor Coco Martin and veteran comedian Vic Sotto in the movie "Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles" helped boost the festival's earnings.

"Every year naman maganda talaga 'yung record, 'yung performance ni Vice Ganda. 'Yung kumbinasyon na ito (Vic-Coco) ay mukhang napaka-potent at 'yung pelikula nila na 'Jack Em Popoy' did very, very well sa ating gauge," Lim told reporters on Thursday in an interview.

In no particular oder, the chairman announced that the Top 4 movies for the MMFF 2018 were: "Fanstatica," "Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles," "Aurora" starring Anne Curtis and "Mary, Marry Me," starring the Gonzaga sisters, Alex and Toni.

"Hindi pa kami prepared na ibigay 'yung final figures ng individual film entries, pero enough to say na ito 'yung apat na in no particular order and enough to say na we set a new record," Lim said.

MMDA and MMFF chairman Danilo Lim

"Napakagandang balita dahil 'yung ating MMFF 2018 ay nag-set ng record in terms of gross earnings. It beat the previous record of P1.05 billion set nung 2015. Ang ating bagong record ngayon ay P1.06 billion. Mahigit P10 million more than the previous record. 'Yan po ang magandang balita," he added.

Cinema centennial

Asked if they would continue the formula of exhibiting more commercial films in 2019, the chairman said: "Ayaw kong pangunahan 'yan, siyempre pag-umpisa sa 2019 ay uupuan natin 'yan. Ichi-check natin lahat ng rules na dapat kapag nagkasundo na tayo sa giya at rules na 'yan lahat ay sumunod. Dapat lahat ng sides, ng opinion, ay ini-entertain natin at nasasali sa diskusyon. But, of course, kapag nag-desisyon na, ang desisyon natin ay collective. So kapag may desisyon na lahat naman ay sumusunod." 

Pressed if they will be implementing new rules in this year's festival, the chairman said that they will still discuss a lot of things.

"Every year naman there are rooms for improvement. Resulta 'yan ng diskusyon. Ayaw nating pangunahan. Tingnan natin. Napakaganda ng 2018 natin. Kung mayroon pa tayong mga puwedeng rules na puwedeng i-adopt para ma-improve 'yan then we will do that," said Lim, who also expressed his readiness for the 2019 festival, which will be part of the centennial celebration of Philippine cinema.

"It's never too early to prepare. Mas mabuti na the earliest the better. Alam naman niyo ang mga kasama natin dito dedicated na sila sa film fest natin. So kasama natin lahat yan sa pagpaplano sa preparation," he shared.

'Rainbow's Sunset' goes to Amsterdam

Meanwhile, Lim said that to show recognition and support to the 2018 festival's best picture "Rainbow's Sunset," the MMFF committee will support the film's international screenings.

He announced that the drama starring Eddie Garcia, Gloria Romero and Tony Mabesa will be part of a film festival in Amsterdam this coming March.

"Suportahan natin para again, this is one way na i-exhibit natin, ipadala natin sa ibang bansa. Ipakilala natin ang sariling atin sa iba't ibang panig ng bansa," Lim said.