'Mindanao' And 'Write About Love' Win Big At MMFF 2019!
Ai dela Cruz
Wondering which movies, actors, and filmmakers won the most awards at this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)? We've got you covered.
Mindanao took home 11 awards including Best Picture, Best Director (Brillante Mendoza), Best Actor (Allen Dizon), and Best Actress (Judy Ann Santos).
Obviously proud and supportive of her wife, Ryan Agoncillo posted a photo of Judy Ann holding her Best Actress trophy up high—her second one for Mindanao after getting the same recognition at the 41st Cairo International Film Festival last month.
Also winning big at the 45th MMFF 2019 was Write About Love, bagging 8 awards including Second Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Crisanto B. Aquino and Janyx Regalo), Best Supporting Actor (Joem Bascon), and Best Supporting Actress (Yeng Constantino).
Unfortunately, Yeng wasn't able to receive the award because she was currently overseas during the festival's annual awards night—Gabi ng Parangal—which was held at the New Frontier Theater.
Don't worry though, we still get to see her initial reaction upon learning she was finally recognized for her acting skills! The award-winning singer-songwriter—who's also an award-winning actress now—posted a video of the moment on Instagram. "Pauwi na po [sa] Manila na puno ng galak and puso! Muli, maraming salamat po," she wrote. Watch her cute reaction below!
Congratulations to all the winners! Here is the full list of awardees:
- Best Float: Mindanao
- Best Student Short Film: Pamana Ni Lola
- Best Sound: Mindanao
- Best Musical Score: Write About Love
- Best Original Song: “Ikaw Ang Akin” by Yeng Constantino
- Best Visual Effects: Mindanao
- Best Production Design: Sunod
- Best Editing: Write About Love
- Best Cinematography: Sunod
- Gender Sensitivity Award: Mindanao
- Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Award: Mindanao
- FPJ Memorial Award: Mindanao
- Female Star of the Night: Carmina Villaroel
- Male Star of the Night: Aga Muhlach
- Best Screenplay: Write About Love
- Best Supporting Actor: Joem Bascon for Write About Love
- Best Supporting Actress: Yeng Constantino for Write About Love
- Best Child Performer: Yuna Tangog for Mindanao
- Best Director: Brillante Mendoza for Mindanao
- Best Performance by an Ensemble: Culion
- Special Jury Prize for Full Length Film: Crisanto Aquino for Write About Love
- Third Best Picture: Sunod
- Second Best Picture: Write About Love
- Best Picture: Mindanao
- Best Actor: Allen Dizon for Mindanao
- Best Actress: Judy Ann Santos for Mindanao
Another set of recognition was also given to past MMFF award recipients who have won at least three times in the same category. Here are the winners for the MMFF Hall of Fame Awards:
- Best Visual Effects: Roadrunner Network Inc.
- Best Art Director: Rodel Cruz, Joey Luna
- Best Cinematography: Rudy Lacap, Carlo Mendoza, Romy Vitug, Lee Meily
- Best Sound Engineer: Ditoy Aguila, Michael Idioma, Rolly Ruta
- Best Musical Score: Dionisio Buencamino, Von De Guzman, Jaime Fabregas, Jessie Lasaten
- Best Editing: Vito Cajili, Manet Dayrit, Jess Navarro, Edgardo Vinarao
- Best Screenplay: Roy Iglesias, Ricky Lee, Jose Javier Reyes
- Best Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Joel Lamangan, Jose Javier Reyes
- Best Supporting Actress: Eugene Domingo, Cherie Gil
- Best Actress: Nora Aunor, Amy Austria, Vilma Santos-Recto, Maricel Soriano
- Best Actor: Anthony Alonzo, Cesar Montano, Christopher De Leon
In the box office category though, it seems M&M: The Mall, The Merrier, starring annual MMFF box office record-holder Vice Ganda and Anne Curtis, has surpassed the P100-million mark after the comedian hinted at it on It's Showtime with the statement: "P100 million thank you's!"
Check out the official lyric video for "Kay Sayang Pasko Na Naman," the official soundtrack of M&M: The Mall, The Merrier, which revisits the phenomenal star's past MMFF entries.
Courtesy: ABS-CBN Star Cinema
Which 2019 MMFF entry have you seen so far? Go grab your family and friends and support our local films!