MMFF 2012: Ten days of Pinoy movies

It’s a mix of everything at the 38th edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival. Starting this Christmas a slew of films ranging from drama to action and from comedy to fantasy will hit all the major theaters in the metropolis.


The total of seven festival entries will be shown, they are  Shake Rattle & Roll XIV, El Presidente, Thy Womb, The Strangers, Si Enteng, Si  Agimat at si Ako, Sisterakas and One More Try.

Regal Film’s entry is the 14th installment of the horror series, which normally comes in trilogy. This year,Chito S. Roño is at the helm of all the three episodes—“Pamana,” “Lost Command,” and “Unwanted.” The film stars Janice de BelenHerbert Bautista,Dennis TrilloLovi PoePaulo AvelinoMartin Escudero and Vhong Navarro.

Dennis Trillo and JC Tiuseco in Shake Rattle and Roll 14

El Presidente (Scenema Concept International) is a bio-epic about the country’s first president. The film that bids for Best Picture stars more than 50 actors including E.R. Ejercito in the lead title role, with Cesar MontanoChristopher de LeonNora Aunor, andCristine Reyes in supporting roles.

MMFF El Presidente poster

Another film that includes the superstar in the billing is the festival quality movie, Thy Womb (Centerstage Productions). The drama directed by Brillante Mendoza and also stars Lovi Poe and Mercedes Cabral has already been exhibited in major film festivals overseas where it already won important awards including best director and best actress for Nora Aunor.

Thy Womb

One more for the horror genre is Quantum Film’s The Stranger. Described as a teen horror flick, it features an ensemble cast of Star magic talents including Enchong DeeJulia MontesEnrique Gil and JM De Guzman. The film revolves around the stories of the mythical aswangs.

Enchong Dee in The Stangers

A possible box-office hit is Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Ako is a fantasy action starring Vic SottoBong Revilla and Judy Ann Santos. The film is a  fusion of Agimat and Enteng Kabisote film franchise. It is a joint production by five movie outfits, Octoarts Films, M-zet Productions, Imus Productions, APT Entertainment and GMA Films.

Judy Ann Santos ala Krystala in Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Si Ako

The entry that might challenge the fantasy action in terms of box office returns is Sisterakas, a comedy movie about sibling rivalry starring Kris AquinoAiAi Delas Alas, and Vice Ganda.

Sisterakas poster for MMFF 2012

Another one for the fans of comedy is Sosy Problems. This movie is about a group of young women speaking broken tagalong mixed with English. It stars are Rhian RamosHeart EvangelistaSolenn Heussaff , and Bianca King. GMA Films produced the movie.

The sexy girls of Sosy Problems

Finally, Star Cinema’s One More Try is a romantic drama film starring Angelica PanganibanDingdong DantesZanjoe Marudo and Angel Locsin. The only film poised to reap acting awards, if the festival jurors would choose Angelica or Angel over Nora.

The stars of One More Try

So there, here’s your list of Pinoy films you can enjoy this Christmas, or you can head to an Imax theater and ignore these films altogether.

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