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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.

Sep 14, 2013

Two Metro Filmfest Withdraw, To Be Replaced By 'Boy Golden' & 'Let's Take A Chance'

STAR CINEMA withdrew their Metro Manila Filmfest entry, the big screen version of their hit TV show “Be Careful with My Heart”, due to the difficulty of scheduling their stars who are still taping for the daily soap. This is the second entry to withdraw from the festival after Bong Revilla’s also chose not to field anymore his “My Super Kap”, which is good since with the Napoles-PDAF case he’s currently embroiled in, no doubt his movie would suffer.

The movies that will replace the ones that backed out are “Boy Golden” by ER Estregan, now to be directed by Chito Rono, and Regal’s romantic comedy, “Let’s Take a Chance”, starring Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez, with JC De Vera. But it’s now almost October, and with Chito Rono known to be a meticulously slow director, would they be able to finish shooting the movie in time for its early December deadline? As we all know, Chito wasn’t even able to finish on time his own Sineng Pambansa entry, “Badil”, which was shown later in SM Cinemas.

As for the Regal entry, it’ll be directed by Jun Lana, who’s getting married next month in New York to TV5 exec Percival Intalan. Would he also still have time to finish shooting the movie while still on honeymoon?

The six remaining filmest entries as of now are “Sampung Libong Oras” starring Robin Padilla, Mylene Dizon, Marki Stroem and Alden Richards; “San Pedro Calungsod” with Rocco Nacino and Christian Vasquez, “Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy” with Vice Ganda, Gabby Concepcion and Maricel Soriano; “Pagpag” with Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo; “Kimmy Dora, the Prequel” with Eugene Domingo and Sam Milby; and “My Little Bossings” with Vic Sotto, Kris Aquino, Bimby and Ryzza Mae Dizon. They only have three more months to finish shooting their respective entries. Good luck to the coming filmfest. May it be as successful as the previous one.