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Saturday, October 30, 2010


Regal Films’ Mano Po was the big winner in the 2002 Metro Manila Film Festival. It received a total of 12 awards--- Best Picture, Best Actor (Eddie Garcia), Best Actress (Ara Mina), Best Supporting Actress (Kris Aquino), Best Director (Joel lamangan), Best Screenplay (Roy Iglesias), Best Cinematography (Leslie Garchitorena), Best Musical Score (Von de Guzman), Best Editing (Tara Illenberger), Best Original Story (Lily Monteverde and Roy Iglesias), Best Production Design (Tatus Aldana) and the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award.

Other awardess--- Best Supporting Actor (Piolo Pascual/ Dekada ’70); Best Child Performer (John Wayne Sace/ Dekada ’70); Best Theme Song (Home Alone Da Riber- “Nasaan Ka Man”); Best Sound Recording (Nestor Mutya/ Hula Mo…Huli Ko); Best Make-up Artist (Warren Munar/ Spirit Warriors).

"Mano Po" (2002)- Stars Maricel Soriano, Richard Gomez, Kris Aquino, Ara Mina and Eddie Garcia/ with Gina Alajar, Boots Anson-Roa, Amy Austria, Tirso Cruz III, Cogie Domingo, Maxene Magalona, Jay Manalo, Eric Quizon/ Directed by Joel Lamangan

"Dekada '70" (2002)- Stars Vilma Santos, Christopher de Leon, Piolo Pascual, Marvin Agustin, Carlos Agassi, Danilo Barrios, John W. Sace/ Directed by Chito Rono

"Ang Agimat: Antin-Anting ni Lolo" (2002)- Stars Ramon Revilla Sr., Ramon "Jolo" Revilla and Ramon 'Bong' Revilla, Jr./ with Mylene Dizon, Carlos Morales, Shaina Magdayao, Nancy Castellone, Jaime Fabregas, Pen Medina, Goyong, Karylle Padilla & Gina Alajar/ Directed by Augusto Salvador

"Home Along Da Riber" (2002)- Stars Dolphy, Jolina Magdangal, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Vandolph, Eddie Gutierrez, Long Mejia, James Blanco, Boy2 Quizon, Michelle Quizon, Palito/ Directed by Enrico Quizon

"Ang Alamat ng Lawin" 92002)- Stars Fernando Poe, Jr., Ina Raymundo, Cathy Vilar, Ryan Yamazaki, Franklin Cristobal and Khen Kurillo/ with Romy Diaz, Augusto Victa, Alex Cunanan, William Romero/ Directed by Ronwaldo Reyes

"Hula Mo...Huli Ko" (2002)- Stars Rudy Fernandez and Rufa Mae Quinto/ Directed by Edgardo 'Boy' Vinarao

"Lapu-Lapu" (2002)- Stars Lito Lapid, Joyce Jimenez, Jeric Raval, Mark Lapid, Roi Vinzon, Jess Lapid Jr., Vic vargas, Gloria Sevilla, Maria Isabel Lopez, Ian Venaracion, Julio Diaz, Bob Soler, Conrad Poe, Robert Rivera, Dinah Dominguez, Clod Robinson & Dante Rivero/ Directed by William G. Mayo

"Lastikman" (2002)- Stars Vic Sotto, Donita Rose, Jeffrey Quizon and Michael V./ with Michelle bayle, Ryan Eigenmann, Anne Curtis & Oyo Boy Sotto/ Directed by Tony Y. Reyes

"Spirit Warriors: The Short Cut" (2002)- Stars The Streetboy/ Directed by Chito Rono

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Actor Cesar Montano, actress Assunta de Rossi and the movie, Yamashita: The Tiger’s Treasure topped the 2001 Metro Manila Film Festival. Montano and De Rossi took home the Best Actor and Best Actress awards for their performances in the films Bagong Buwan and Hubog respectively. Bagong Buwan and Hubog made it to the top three Best Picture honors but both bowed to MAQ Productions’ Yamashita which won a total of 11 awards--- Best Picture, Best Director (Chito Rono), Best Production Design (Fernan Santiago and Max Paglinawan), Best Sound (Albert Michael Idioma), Best Editor (Manet Dayrit), Best Cinematography (Neil Daza), Best Screenplay ( Roy Iglesias and Chito Rono), Best Story (Roselle Monteverde-Teo, Roy Iglesias and Chito Rono), Best Visual Effects (Roadrunner Network, Inc.). Best Make-up Artist (Warren Munar) and Best Float.

Assunta’s younger sister Alessandra was named Best Supporting Actress for Hubog, while Ronnie Lazaro bagged the Best Supporting Actress award for Bagong Buwan. Bagong Buwan also received five other awards--- Best Child Performer (Jiro Manio), Best Original Theme Song (Joey Ayala/ “Walang Hanggang Paalam”), Best Musical Score (Nonong Buencamino), Second Best Picture and the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award.

"Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure" (2001)- Stars Danilo Barrios, Camille Prats, Armando Goyena, Rustom Padilla, Carlo Munoz, Vic Diaz, Tetsuya Matsui and Albert Martinez/ Directed by Chito Rono

"Bagong Buwan" (2001)- Stars Cesar Montano, Jericho Rosales, Amy Austria, Carida Sanchez, Jiro Manio, Ronnie Lazaro/ Directed by MarilouDiaz-Abaya

"Tatarin" (2001)- StarsDina Bonnevie, Edu Manzano, Rica Peralejo, Raymond Bagatsing, Carlos Morales, Patricia Javier/ Directed by Tikoy Aguiluz

"Hubog" (2001)- Stars Jay Manalo, Wendell Ramos, Alessandra de Rossi and Assunta de Rossi/ Directed by Joel Lamangan

"Susmaryosep: 4 Fathers" (2001)- Stars Bobby Andrews, Bojo Molina, Polo Ravales, Gerard Madrid/ Directed by Edgardo 'Boy' Vinarao

"Bahay ni Lola" (2001)- Stars Gloria Romero, Aiza Seguerra, Manilyn Reynes and Gina Alajar/ with James Blanco, Maybelyn dela Cruz, Maxene Magalona, Miko Sotto, Isabella de Leon and Alan K/Directed by Uro Q. dela Cruz

Di Kita Ma-Reach" (2001)- Stars Mickey Macapagal Arroyo, LJ Moreno, Eula Valdez, Tonton Gutierrez, Ana Capri, Raymond Bagatsing/ Directed by Wilfredo Milan

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin started the hysteria of kakulitans when they first appeared as a love team in the teen-oriented show on ABS-CBN, Gimik. With those cheesy moments and cute scenes, their quirky pairing was a quick hit. Jolina was known for her unique fashion sense (remember the colored hair?) and Marvin was still a longhaired pretty boy. Ese and Joey, as they were called in Gimik, were different among the other pairings simply because they made the team-up more comedic (but not forgetting the romantic side). The perennial love team also appeared in Esperanza, Flames: The Movie, Kung Ayaw Mo Huwag Mo, Labs Kita…Okey Lang?, Hey Babe! and Gimik: The Reunion.

The screen tandem was cut short when Jolina transferred to GMA 7 in 2002. The big leap meant new partners for the two. It seemed close to impossible for the two to get together again. But luck for their fans changed when Marvin decided to follow Jolina’s footsteps by moving to GMA 7 in 2006. The fans rejoiced--- it was the perfect time to reunite the long lost love team. The series I Luv NY was the first stop, where they were joined by another love team, Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Herras. A movie then followed, I.T.A.L.Y. and another series, Adik Sa ‘Yo, which revived the more comedic side of the two actors. In 2oo8, they hosted Dear Friend, which told different love stories.

Source: The Top 20 Love Teams by Krystle Malinis/
S Magazine/ February 2010

"F.L.A.M.E.S., The Movie" (1997)- Stars Rico Yan, Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, Bojo Molina and Claudine Barretto/ Directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng and Khryss Adalia

"Kung Ayaw Mo Huwag Mo!" (1998)- Stars Maricel Soriano, William Martinez Jolina Magdangal and Marvin Agustin/ Directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng

"Labs Kita... Okey Ka Lang?" (1998)- Stars Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, Hilda Koronel, Ronaldo Valdez, Gina Pareno, Meryll Soriano, Gio Alvarez, Vanessa Del Bianco / Directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng

"Hey Babe!?" (1998)- Stars Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, Alma Moreno, Nikki Valdez, Dominic Ochoa and Gina Pareno / Directed by Joyce Bernal

"Gimik: The Reunion" (1999)- Stars Rico Yan, Giselle Toengi, Diether Ocampo, Mylene Dizon, Bojo Molina and Jolina Magdangal & Marvin Agustin / Directed by Laurenti Dyogi

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Gloria Romero, as expected, bagged the Best Actress plum for Star Cinema’s Tanging Yaman in the 2000 Metro Manila Film Festival. It was a popular victory acknowledged with a standing ovation for a revered actress. But unlike in past awards, no grumblings were heard. The movie also received 8 other major awards--- Best Picture, the Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award, Best Actor (Johnny Delgado), Best Director and Story (Laurice Guillen), Best Cinematography (Videlle Meily), Best Musical Score (Nonong Buencamino and Best Screenplay (Shaira Mella Salvador, Raymond Lee and Laurice Guillen).

Other individual honors went to Cherie Gil (Best Supporting Actress/ Sugatang Puso) and the Jeffery Quizon (Best Supporting Actor/ Markova: Comfort Gay).

GMA Films’ Deathrow took home 4 awards--- Second Best Picture, Best Sound Recording (Albert Michael Idioma and Rudy Gonzales), Best Editing (Jess Navarro and Kelly Cruz) and Best Production Design (Joey Luna). Spirit Warriors had 3 awards, all in the technical categories--- Best Visual Effects (Roadrunner Network), Best Make-up Artist (Cecile Baun, Benny Batoctoy and Warren Munar) and Best Float.

"Tanging Yaman" (2000)- Stars Hilda Koronel, Edu Manzano, Dina Bonnevie, Johnny Delgado, Joel Torre, Cherry Pie Picache, Marvin Agustin, Jericho Rosales and Ms. Gloria Romero/ with Janette McBride, John Prats, Carol Banawa, Ceejay Ramos, Dominic Ochoa & Shaina Magdayao/ Directed by Laurice Guillen

Markova: Comfort Gay" (2000)- Stars Dolphy, Eric Quizon, Loren Legarda, Jeffrey Quizon/ Directed by Gil Portes

"Deathrow" (2000)- Stars Eddie Garcia, Cogie Domingo, Angelita dela Cruz and Ms. Jaclyn Jose/ with Alan Paule, Pen Medina, Ray Ventura & Ace Espinosa/ Directed by Joel Lamangan

"Sugatang Puso" (2000)- Stars Christopher de Leon, Lorna Tolentino, Cherie Gil, Patrick Garcia, Carlo Aquino/ Directed by Joey Reyes

"Spirit Warriors" (2000)- Stars The Streetboys/ Directed by Chito Rono

"Ping Lacson" Super Cop" (2000)- Stars Rudy Fernandez, Lorna Tolentino, Ricky Davao, Glydel Mercado, Ace Espinosa, Trubador Ramos, Levi Ignacio & Herbert Bautista/ Directed by Toto Natividad


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