What does 2013 MMFF have for you?

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla in Pagpag

A month before Christmas, sneak previews and publicity photos of the film entries in the 39th edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) have been made public. From the initial 15 entries submitted to the two-week festival under the aegis of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), eight made it.

It’s good to note that Enteng Kabisote, Panday, and Shake, Rattle & Roll series are not in the roster this year. Though it may sound as a breath of fresh air, Vic Sotto or Enteng Kabisote himself will still be part of the festival via My Little Bossings [sic], which stars another MMFF regular, Kris Aquino.

As early as now, publicity articles say My Little Bossings has an edge over other film entries. Dubbed as a dream collaboration between OctoArts Films, MZET, APT Entertainment and Kris Aquino Productions, the comedy flick also features child wonder Ryzza Mae Dizon and James ‘Bimby’ Aquino-Yap sharing the titular role.

My Little Bossings

Notwithstanding My Little Bossings anticipated box office success, Star Cinema and Viva Films are confident that their entry Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy is the one local movie fanatics should watch out for.

Vice Ganda in Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy

The comedy flick stars Vice Ganda who, as we all know, holds many box office records for the films Sisterakas and Praybeyt Benjamin. In the new movie, Vice will try to impress his fans using his old standup comedy tricks while playing four different characters.

Also in the comedy department, Spring Films’ take advantage of the phenomenal success of the Kimmy Dora series by coming up with another installment. The film stars Eugene Domingo, no less, reprising her dual role in Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel.

Eugene Domingo

In case you are worried that MMFF won’t have any scream flick since Shake, Rattle & Roll is already out of the picture, Regal Entertainment Inc. co-produces a teen horror with help of Skylight Films and Star Cinema. The concept of the movie is based on a Filipino superstitious belief that one should never go home directly after visiting a wake because it brings evil spirits to one’s home. This suspense thriller is entitled “Pagpag” and is top-billed by Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.

Adding spice to the 2013 MMFF is the Robin Padilla-starrer movie entitled 10,000 Hours. In this action movie, Binoe plays the role of Sen. Gabriel Alcaraz, a character loosely based on Sen. Panfilo Lacson. According to the action star, the story is inspired by events that transpired when Sen. Lacson went into hiding and became a fugitive in 2010.

Withdrawal and replacement

A month after MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino named the eight official entries, Bong Revilla himself announced that he was backing out from the filmfest. He pulled out My Super Kap, a big-budget movie that’s supposed to showcase new movie making technologies.

Another big movie now out of the official list announced by MMDA is Be Careful With My Heart: The Movie. Star Cinema withdrew it due to tight schedule of the cast and crew of the ongoing series.

Tolentino made it clear that in such case that an entry will drop out of the competition, MMDA committee would pick from other entries, which failed to be in the shortlist, as replacements. Hence Boy Golden and Kaleidoscope World are now official entries.

Boy Golden, starring Laguna Governor ER Ejercito and KC Concepcion, initially failed to make the cut because the film has graphic violence. Meanwhile, Kaleidoscope World, the only dance-musical in festival aims to woo music fanatics as it pays tribute to the late rapper Francis Magalona. It is top-billed by Sef Cadayona, Yassi Pressman, Pia Pilapil, and Alma Concepcion.

These films will be the only big screen entertainment that we are going to have for two weeks starting on Christmas day. No foreign movies will be shown across the country except of course in 3D and IMAX theaters, where no local film is fit to be exhibited. So before these films convince you that they are worth your money, though paid publicity and trailers that don’t live up to expectations, plan your holiday ahead of time. Again, it’s two weeks of pure local movies.

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