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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 20, 2010

Most Stars didn't show-up at Metro Filmfest launch except for Marian Rivera

MARIAN RIVERA and John Lapus attended the 36th Metro-Manila Filmfest launch at Club Filipino in full costume as the title-rolers in Regal’s “Super Inday and the Golden Bibe”, the only stars to do so. Current MMDA Chair Francis Tolentino welcomes the 8 entries. Aside from “Super Inday”, the others are “Shake Rattle & Roll 12” with Carla Abellana, Shaina Magdayao and Andi Eigenmann, “Agimat sa Mundo ni Enteng Kabisote” with Vic Sotto and Bong Revilla”Tang Ina Mo, Last Na To” with Ai Ai de las Alas, “Rosario” with Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo, “Fr. Jejemom” with Dolphy, “Dalaw” with Kris Aquino, and the animated entry “RPG: Metanoia” produced by Robert Chien (Lea Salonga’s husband) with voices by Aga Muhlach and Zaijian Jaranilla.

Marian is the biggest star who represented her own entry, followed by Jennylyn and Dennis for “Rosario”. The other big stars didn’t bother to come. In place of Dolphy, Zsa Zsa Padilla represented “Fr. Jejemon”, Alex de Rossi for “Dalaw”, Gwen Zamora and Sam Pinto for “Agimat”, Carla Abellana and Rayver Cruz for “Shake 12”, Alwyn Uytingco for “Tanging Ina Mo”, and Santino aka Zaijian for “RPG”. 

The producers of the other entries promised that their big stars will all show up on the annual Parade of Stars on December 24 that will start at Mall of Asia at 1PM to end at Quirino Grandstand at 6PM, aired on Q Channel 11 starting 2 PM. The awards night will be held at Meralco Theatre, Sunday, December 26, 7 PM, but telecast will start at 10:30 PM on GMA-7. Five indie films will have their premiere nights from December 16 to 21: “Senior Year” by Jerrold Tarog, “Nasaan si Hefte” by Johnah Lim, “Presa” with Anita Linda, Jodi Sta. Maria, Perla Bautista, Daria Ramirez, Liza Lorena, and Rosanna Roces by Adolf Alix, “Slow Fade” with Diether Ocampo and Lara Quigaman by Rommel Salis, and “Rindido” by Noriel Jarito. Overall in charge of production for the MMFF is Tessie Celestino Howard of Airtime Marketing, with Al Quinn as director.