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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.

May 14, 2016

Why Mother Lily Monteverde Is Not Eager For Regal Entertainment To Have An Entry In The December Metro Manila Filmfest

MOTHER LILY MONTEVERDE’S Regal Entertainment is shooting four films right now: “Our Mighty Yaya” with Ai Ai de las Alas and Megan Young, “The Escort” with Lovi Poe and Derek Ramsay, “That Thing Called Tanga Na” with Martin Escudero and Eric Quizon, and “I Love You to Death” with Kiray Celis and Enchong Dee. We ask her if she’d come up with an entry for the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival in December.

“As of now, we have no plans,” she says. “I don’t like the new rules kasi. Parang they’re more partial to indie films. You have to submit the entire finished movie by September pa lang. E, paano kung ni-reject nila? That will be a kiss of death doon sa movies na hindi nila mapipili. Magiging stigma. Kailan pa mapapalabas yung rejected movies? Siempre, sasabihin ng mga tao, pangit yan, kaya ni-reject. If you’re the producer, sayang naman ang ginastos mo. The Christmas playdate is really for big entertaining big movies with big stars kasi noon lang maraming pera ang mga tao and whole families watch with their kids. Kung puro indie films ang mapipili at ipalalabas diyan, kahit sabihin mo pang quality films, do you think they will be blockbusters? I have nothing against indie films. Ang dami kong ginawang ganyan noong araw, giving break to directors like Jeffrey Jeturian and Lav Diaz, pero during the holiday season, mas bagay talaga ipalabas ang feel good holiday movies.”