8 competing entries cover variety of genres
MANILA, Philippines -- A movie version of the hit "kilig-serye" starring Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap is among the eight films competing in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), organizers said Tuesday.
|Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap. File photo
"Be Careful With My Heart" is one of the Kapamilya network's entries to the annual film festival, along with the Star Cinema co-productions "Pagpag" and "Boy, Girl, Bakla, Tomboy."
The MMFF screening committee narrowed down the 15 film submissions to eight official entries.
According to Yap, who portrays widowed businesmann Richard Lim in "Be Careful With My Heart," its film version will serve as a continuation of the events seen in the Jeffrey Jeturian and Mervyn Brondial-directed daytime series.
The Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla-starrer "Pagpag," meanwhile, is a horror movie that tackles a superstition among Filipinos -- that one should never go home directly after visiting a wake since it risks bringing evil spirits to one's home.
Directed by Frasco Mortiz ("Cinco," "The Reunion") and co-produced with Skylight Films and Regal Films, "Pagpag" also features "Aryana" stars Dominic Roque and Michelle Vito.
A Star Cinema co-production with Viva Films, "Boy, Girl, Bakla, Tomboy," on the other hand, will see comedian Vice Ganda take on four characters as in the film's title.
The "It's Showtime" host, in an earlier interview, said showbiz veterans Gabby Concepcion and Maricel Soriano will portray his parents in the comedy movie.
Another big-screen comedy joining this year's MMFF is a new installment in the "Kimmy Dora" series, which has so far produced two hit movies with actress Eugene Domingo in the lead roles. Producer Piolo Pascual, this time, will join the movie as a lead actor.
Returning with yet another major film team-up is Vic Sotto, who, after co-starring with Ai Ai delas Alas and Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr., in last year's "Enteng" movie, is pairing up with Kris Aquino in the comedy film "Torky and My Little Bossing."
Revilla, meanwhile, is likewise set to return to the MMFF, this time opposite Kapamilya actress Toni Gonzaga in a film titled "My Super Kap," which is expected to feature the actor-politician in another action-oriented role.
Similarly offering a dose of action for the Pinoy film audience is the Robin Padilla-starrer "10,000 Hours," which is seen as his big-screen comeback after his last film appearance in 2011.
Moviegoers can also look forward to a biopic of the second Filipino to be canonized as saint by the Catholic Church. "San Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir" stars JM de Guzman and Christian Vasquez.
Among the film submissions which failed to earn a slot as an official entry to the 39th MMFF are the ER Ejercito-starrer "Boy Golden," another Robin Padilla movie "Sa Ngalan ng Ama, Ina at Mga Anak," and "Everbody Loves" featuring Jake Cuenca and Jericho Rosales.
Other films that didn't make the cut are: "Kaleidoscope World" starring Sef Cadayona and Yassi Pressman; "Ibong Adarna" starring Rocco Nacino and Angel Aquino; "Hope in a Bottle" starring Ruffa Gutierrez and Maja Salvador; and "Kulay Abo ang Langit" starring Carla Abellana and Diether Ocampo.
Last year, the internationally acclaimed Brillante Mendoza film "Thy Womb" made headlines after initially failing to earn a slot in the MMFF's 38th edition. It was later included by organizers after an official entry backed out.
It went on to win several awards in the local film festival, including Best Actress for Nora Aunor and Best Director for Mendoza.
Here is the complete list of entries to the 2013 MMFF:
Be Careful With My Heart (ABS-CBN Productions Inc.)
Starring Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria; Directed by Jeffrey Jeturian
Kimmy Dora Pre-Quel (Spring Films)
Starring Piolo Pascual and Eugene Domingo; Directed by Chris Martinez
10,000 Hours (Phil Film Studio)
Starring Robin Padilla; Directed by Joyce Bernal
Boy, Girl, Bakla, Tomboy (Viva Films and Star Cinema)
Starring Vice Ganda and Maricel Soriano; Directed by Wenn Deramas
San Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir (Hubo Productions)
Starring JM de Guzman, Christian Vasquez; Directed by Francis Villacorta
Torky And My Little Bossing (OctoArts/ MZET/ APT/ Kris Aquino Production)
Starring Vic Sotto and Kris Aquino; Directed by Joyce Bernal
Pagpag (ABS-CBN Productions Inc./ Skylight Films/ Regal Films)
Starring Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo; Directed by Frasco Mortiz
My Super Kap (Imus Productions)
Starring Bong Revilla, Ogie Alcasid, and Toni Gonzaga; Directed by Dondon Santos