Moviegoers are sure to have a difficult time choosing which flicks to watch during the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) at the end of the year.
This is because all the eight movies selected by the MMFF Executive Committee have certified celebrities in them, some of actually starring in films that ended up being the top grossers in previous MMFFs.
Vice Ganda will be back in this year’s MMFF with his movie with Anne Curtis titled “The Mall, The Merrier” under ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc./Viva Films. Vice is actually the most successful actor in the history of the MMFF, as his films emerged as top grossers in the previous editions of the annual film fest.
These include “The Super Parental Guardians”, “Fantastica”, “Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad”, “Beauty and the Bestie”, “The Amazing Private Benjamin”, and “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy”.
But he is expected to get tough competition from other actors that also had highest-grossing MMFF films as well.
Bossing Vic Sotto, for one, heads the cast of “Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity” underAPT Entertainment, Inc/M-ZET Production.Making it an even formidable MMFF entry is the addition of phenomenal actress Maine Mendoza. Bossing Vic starred in top grossers “My Little Bossings”, “My Bebe Love” (also with Maine and the other half of Aldub Alden Richards) and “Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote” and the other movies in the “Enteng Kabisote” series.
The best pairing, however, in terms of previous MMFF earnings, is that of Coco Martin and Ai-Ai delas Alas for the movie “3pol Trobol Huli Ka Balbon”, also starring Jennylyn Mercado, under CCM Productions.
Coco starred in top grossers “Beauty and Bestie”, “Ang Panday”, and “Feng Shui 2”.
Ai-ai, on the other hand, had huge MMFF successes in “Sisterakas” (also with Vice), “My Bebe Love”, “Enteng ng Ina Mo”, and “Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat”.
Jennylyn, of course, starred in the movie “English Only, Please”, which also did well in 2014.
Judy Ann Santos, meanwhile, is pairing with Allen Dizon for the entry “Mindanao” under Centerstage. Judy Ann’s MMFF top grosser includes “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo” and “Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo”.
The other entries to the 2019 MMFF are:
- Write About Love, starring Rocco Nacino and Yeng Constantino, Joem Bascon and Miles Ocampounder TBA Studios
- Culion, starring Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, and Meryll Soriano under iOptions Ventures Corp
- Miracle in Cell #7, starring Aga Muhlach and Bela Padilla under Viva Communications, Inc.
- Sunod, starring Carmina Villaroel, Mylene Dizon, Susan Africa, and Kate Alejandrino under TEN17P.