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JUST A THOUGHT: ‘He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.’ –Harold Wilson


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LAST FOUR ENTRIES: The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Screening Committee will announce the last four films to complete the Magic 8 entries on Nov. 17.

The same committee set to Oct. 30 the deadline for submitting a copy of the finished film to the MMFF.

Joanna Ampil (left) and Rachel Alejandro in ‘Ang Larawan’

Joanna Ampil (left) and Rachel Alejandro in ‘Ang Larawan’

Based on an informal survey among colleagues, the following eight films are among the frontliners in the stiff competition for the final four slots in the MMFF in December. These last four films are being judged according to the finished product itself.

In contrast, the first four films approved by the MMFF as official entries to the annual film fest were accepted based on their script alone. These are: ‘‘Ang Panday’’ (fantasy-drama) starring Coco Martin and Mariel de Leon, directed by Coco Martin; ‘‘Meant To Beh’’ (comedy), with Vic Sotto, Dawn Zulueta and an all-star cast, from M-Zet Productions; ‘‘Gandarrapiddo: The Revengers’’ (comedy) starring Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla and Pia Wurtzbach, from Star Cinema; and ‘‘Almost Is Not Enough’’ (comedy-drama) starring Derek Ramsay and Jennylyn Mercado, from Quantum Productions.


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FINAL FOUR: The films vying for the coveted final four slots are:

“ANG LARAWAN” (musical-drama), directed by Loy Arcenas for Culturtain Musicat Productions, starring Rachel Alejandro, Joanna Ampil, and Paulo Avelino, with Nonie Buencamino, Celeste Legaspi, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Ogie Alcasid, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Sandino Martin, Cris Villonco, and Aicelle Santos.

“MY FAIRY TAIL LOVE STORY” (fantasy-romance), directed by Perci Intalan for Regal Entertainment, starring Janella Salvador and Elmo Magalona.

“DEADMA WALKING” (comedy-drama), directed by Julius Ruslin Alfonso for T-Rex Entertainment, starring Joross Gamboa, Edgar Allan Guzman, Dimples Romana, Candy Pangilinan, Bobby Andrews, Ricci Chan, Patricia Ismael, Nico Antonio, and Jojit Lorenzo with major stars like Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson in cameo roles.

“SIARGAO” (romance-drama), produced and directed by Paul Soriano for TEN17P Productions, starring Jericho Rosales, Erich Gonzales, and Jasmine Curtis Smith.

 “HAUNTED FOREST” (horror), directed by Ian Loreños for Regal Entertainment, starring Jane Oineza, Jameson Blake, Jon Lucas, Maris Racal, Jerald Napoles.

“IMMACULADA, PAG-IBIG NG ISANG INA” (drama), written and directed by Arlyn dela Cruz for Blank Pages Productions and Melda Film Productions, starring Elizabeth Oropesa, John Estrada, and Ara Mina. Also starring Akihiro Blanco, Elijah Canlas, Kryshee  Grengia, and Jeffrey Santos.

“MADILIM ANG GABI” (drama), written and directed by Adolfo Borinaga Alix Jr. – starring Phillip Salvador and Gina Alajar.

“SECOND COMING” (horror) – directed by Jet Leyco for Reality Entertainment, starring Jodi Sta. Maria and Marvin Agustin.

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