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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.

Dec 28, 2010

Tanging Ina Mo bags most of the awards

AI AI de las Alas' wish was granted. She won as best actress in the Metro filmfest awards night for "Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na 'To" where she played the role of the country's former president who copes with family problems and battling the big C. And not only that, the movie also won several other trophies: best picture, best director for Wenn Deramas, best story and screenplay for Mel Mendoza del Rosario, best supporting actress for Eugene Domingo, best child actress for Xyriel Manabat, best musical score for Jesse Lasaten, and most gender sensitive film. The film predicted to win the most awards, "Rosario", won only as second best picture. Ironically, the Cinema Evaluation Board that rates the quality of films it screens, gave "Rosario" an A rating and didn't find anything in "Tanging Ina" worth rating about.

The night's biggest winner is really Dolphy, who won two acting awards, best supporting actor as the grandson of "Rosario" who acts as the film's narrator and as the title-roler in "Fr. Jejemon". This is a vindication for the ailing King of Comedy who was earlier lambasted by some quarters for making fun of the Holy Communion in "Fr. Jejemon". "Rosario" also won other awards: best float, best production design for Joey Luna and Miki Hahn, best cinematography for Carlo Mendoza, best editing for John Wong, best dressed stars for Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo, and Gatpuno Cultural Award.

The animated film, "RPG: Metanoia", also won several awards: best third picture, special gender sensitive film, best sound (tie with "Super Inday and the Golden Bibe"), and best theme song for "Kaya Ko". The fantasy action-comedy "Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote" won awards for best make up, best visual effects for Rico Gutierrez, and Face of the Night special awards for Bong Revilla and Sam Pinto.

In the special indie category, winner of best indie film is Adolfo Alix Jr's "Presa".