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December 23, 2011

Metro Manila Film Festival 2011

Now on its 37th year, the annual MMFF will feature seven films, which will be shown simultaneously from Christmas Day until Jan. 7.

ANG PANDAY 2
GMA Films/Imus Productions, Inc.
Directed by Mac C. Alejandre
In Ang Panday 2, Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. again takes on the role of Flavio -- first popularized by Fernando Poe, Jr. in four successive MMFF entries from 1980 to 1984. The films were based on the komiks characters created by Carlo J. Caparas, and illustrated by Steve Gan in Pilipino Komiks.

ENTENG NG INA MO

Star Cinema/M-Zet Films/APT Entertainment/Octo Arts Films
Directed by Tony Y. Reyes

After joining forces with Mr. Revilla in last year’s festival entry Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote, comedy actor Vic Sotto has teamed up this year with comedienne Ai-Ai delas Alas for the comedy/fantasy movie Enteng ng Ina Mo.

The movie is a cross-over between the Tanging Ina and Enteng Kabisote film-TV series.

Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
VIVA Communications, Inc./Scenema Concept Int’l.
Directed by Tikoy Aguiluz

The action genre, neglected in recent years in the annual film festival, is represented this year with Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story.

The movie, starring Laguna governor ER Ejercito (who goes by the screen name Jeorge Estregan, Jr. after his father George Estregan) and directed by Tikoy Aguiluz, hopes to snag the coveted Best Picture award.

My Househusband (Ikaw Na!)
Octo Arts Films
Directed by Jose Javier Reyes

After their back-to-back MMFF box-office hits Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo in 2006, and Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo in 2007, real-life husband-and-wife Ryan Agoncillo and Judy Ann Santos return to the big screen via the drama-comedy entry My Househusband (Ikaw Na!).

Directed by three-time MMFF Best Director Jose Javier Reyes, My Househusband tells of a husband who has to do the household chores after he loses his job.

Segunda Mano
Star Cinema/MJM Productions/Agosto Dos Pictures
Directed by Joyce Bernal

Banking on the box-office success of her three previous suspense-horror movies -- 2004’s Feng Shui, 2006’s Sukob, and last year’s Dalaw -- TV personality Kris Aquino stars in yet another horror, Segunda Mano.

Here she plays Mabel, the owner of a high-class, but creepy, antique shop. Feeling guilty for having cause the death of her sister, she wants to move on.

Shake Rattle & Roll 13
Regal Entertainment Inc./Regal Multimedia, Inc.
Directed by Chris Martinez, Richard Somes and Jerrold Tarog

Regal Films is again counting on the proven box office appeal of the Shake Rattle & Roll franchise to draw the crowds this year, since the first movie was released during the 1984 edition of the MMFF.

The series has been a proven attraction throughout its 12 earlier versions. It however failed in getting the MMFF jurors’ nod for any acting award except once, for Herbert Bautista, who won the Best Actor trophy for the first Shake, Rattle & Roll in 1984. (Although Carla Abellana’s performance in the “Punerarya” episode of Shake Rattle & Roll XII was singled out by the Young Critics Circle as one of the best performances of 2010.)

Like its predecessors, Shake, Rattle, & Roll 13 is a horror trilogy featuring some of the country’s more popular young stars.

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