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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 1, 2013

Whose Movie Will Be The 2013 Filmfest Topgrosser: Kris Aquino Or Vice Ganda's?

LAST YEAR, the number one top grosser in the Metro-Manila Filmfest was "Sisterakas", which topped the box office because of the combined forces of Kris Aquino, Vice Ganda and Ai Ai de las Alas. This early, fearless forecasters are predicting that the top grosser will be either the movie of Vice Ganda or of Kris Aquino, "Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy" or "My Little Bossings". Both are primarily comedies, which usually do well in the annual film fiesta.

The edge of "Girl Boy", produced by Viva Entertainment and directed by Wenn Deramas who helmed "Sisterakas", is that it offers not just one but four Vice Ganda characters in the multiple roles of a man, a woman, a gay man and a lesbian. In the case of "My Little Bossings", Kris joins forces with Vic Sotto (a perennial box office topnotcher in the filmfest) and her own son Bimby Yap in his first movie role, plus Ryzza Mae Dizon, who's surely the most popular child wonder today.

Let's see if the predictions would be true. But we should not discount other entries that also have strong box office potentials, like "10,000 Hours", the timely political thriller about corrupt politicians starring Robin Padilla and Mylene Dizon, directed by Joyce Bernal and filmed on location in Amsterdam. Then there's "Kimmy Dora, the Prequel", directed by Chris Martinez and once again starring Eugene Domingo in the dual roles of Kimmy and Dora, with Sam Milby as her leading man, supported by Angel Aquino, Joel Torre and Ariel Ureta.

The other four entries are "Boy Golden" with ER Ejercito and KC Concepcion (still filming up to now under Director Chito Rono), "Pagpag" with Kathniel, Shaina Magdayao and Paulo Avelino; "San Pedro Calungsod, Batang Martir" with Rocco Nacino and "Kaleidoscope World" with Sef Cadayona and Yassi Pressman. s