(UPDATE) 'Panday' named 2009 MMFF's best picture

by Boy Villasanta, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Dec 29 2009 12:21 PM | Updated as of Dec 30 2009 09:33 PM

(UPDATE) 'Panday' named 2009 MMFF's best picture 1MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.’s "Ang Panday" and Megastar Sharon Cuneta's "Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love" were the biggest winners at the 35th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

 Both films bagged 7 trophies each during the awards night at the SMX Convention Center Monday.

Revilla's action-fantasy flick won best actor and best picture.

In his acceptance speech, Revilla dedicated his first MMFF best actor prize to the original “Panday,” the late Fernando Poe Jr., and his best friend, actor Phillip Salvador, who was also part of the "Ang Panday."

"Una po nagpapasalamat ako kay Lord sa lahat ng biyaya na natatanggap ko. I'm so blessed. Sabi ko nga wala na akong mahihiling pa,” the senator-actor said.

He also thanked his dad, Ramon Revilla Sr., for his support. The elder Revilla has been bedridden for months since he suffered a stroke.

“I know you’re watching right now. This is for you,” beamed the lawmaker.

He also gave credit to komiks novelist Carlo J. Caparas for the “Panday” franchise.

On Salvador, the young Revilla said of his mentor: “Hindi ako mananalo ng award na ito kung hindi dahil sa kanya,” he said.

"Panday" also received the best supporting actor prize (Salvador), best child performer (Robert "Budoy" Villar), best visual effects, best production design, and best theme song.

The 2nd best picture trophy was given to Star Cinema's "I Love You, Goodbye." Vic Sotto's "Ang Darling Kong Aswang" and Cuneta's "Mano Po 6" were named 3rd best picture and 4th best picture, respectively.

Cuneta was named best actress for her portrayal of a beleaguered mom in her very first movie under Regal Films. Like Revilla, it was Cuneta’s first MMFF best actress trophy.

Cuneta dedicated her trophy to all mothers, particularly her mom, Elaine Gamboa Cuneta.

Cuneta, who wore a radiant red gown, came in late at the awards night and hurriedly went up the hall with husband Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan during the announcement of major acting awards.

(UPDATE) 'Panday' named 2009 MMFF's best picture 2“Mano Po 6” also grabbed the best supporting actress (Heart Evangelista) prize, best director (Joel Lamangan), best musical score, best screenplay (Roy Iglesias), and the Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award.

"I Love You, Goodbye" also won the best cinematography, best editing, and best original story awards. “Ang Darling Kong Aswang” clinched the best sound plum.

Attendance

Dolphy, who was awarded the Life Achievement honor for his contributions to the development of the local film industry, headed the Quizon clan, with Eric and Ep Quizon in tow, in the event.

Once again, the Revilla family was in complete attendance like in any other award ceremonies in the past MMFF where Imus Productions, the family’s film outfit, fielded entries to the main competition.

Marlon Bautista, his sisters Rowena Bautista and Andrea Bautista-Ynares, and sis-in-law Lani Mercado were seen in the event.

Also spotted during the awards night were Maegan Young, Valerie "Bangs" Garcia, Boots Anson-Roa, Geoff Eigenmann, Lani Mercado, Annabelle Rama, Eddie Gutierrez, Dolphy, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Izza Calzado and Angelica Panganiban.

World-class singer Lea Salonga performed during the star-studded ceremony.