[PHOTO -The cast of El President wave to the thousands who waited for the Parade of Stars in Roxas Boulevard in Manila on Sunday. The annual parade ushers in the Metro Manila Film Festival. PHOTO BY RENE DILAN]

(MANILA TIMES) Written by RITCHIE A. HORARIO REPORTER - The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2012 officially opened on Sunday with the much-anticipated Parade of Stars.

Thousands of movie fanatics trooped to the Quirino Grandstand in Manila or lined Roxas Boulevard to catch a glimpse of their favorite actors, causing traffic jams.

Leading the parade was the float of the Optical Media Board headed by Ronnie Rickets.

There are eight entries for this year—Si Enteng, Si Agimat at si Ako starring Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Vic Sotto and Judy Ann Santos; Sisterakas featuring Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino and Ai-Ai delas Alas; The Strangers led by Enrique Gil, Enchong Dee and Julia Montes; Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 starring Vhong Navarro, Dennis Trillo, Lovi Poe and Eula Caballero; Thy Womb featuring the Superstar Nora Aunor, Lovi Poe and Bembol Roco; El Presidente whose main cast are portrayed by Laguna Gov. Jeorge “E.R.” Estregan, Nora Aunor and Cristine Reyes; One More Try starring Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban and Dingdong Dantes; and Sosy Problems, which features Rhian Ramos, Heart Evangelista, Solenn Heussaff and Bianca King.

For the New Wave Feature Film section, there are five official entries—Ad Ignorantiam, Gayak, In Nominee Matris, Paglaya sa Tanikala and The Grave Bandits.

The movies will be shown in the big screen on Tuesday (Christmas Day). The Gabi ng Parangal or awarding will be held on December 27.


Focus on MMFF Details Published on Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

‘It’ girls in ‘Sosy Problems’

The country’s hottest girls Heart Evangelista, Solenn Heussaff, Bianca King and Rhian Ramos come together for “Sosy Problems,” the glossiest entry of GMA Films to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Four girls, rich and famous, may have the most expensive pairs of shoes, high-end designer bags and the life that every girl wanted – but behind the glitz and glamour are the struggles and differences that they have to face.

In the story, their tambayan, The Polo Club, is in danger of being torn down. The new owners of the exclusive club want to build a “yaya mall” – which for the girls is not at all a sosy plan.

The spoiled-rich daughter of a hotelier and self-appointed leader of the Sosy group, Lizzie (Rhian Ramos), proposes a planking protest to stop the bulldozers from rolling. But she gets in trouble and as a way to get back to the good graces of their family’s matriarch; she has to do one thing – to live with her poor relatives.

Then there’s Danielle (Bianca King), the daughter of an ex-politician who’s in the process of impeachment wherein all their assets were frozen. She is still in denial that they now are not part of Manila’s richest.

Completing the Sosy Girls are “frenemies” Margaux (Solenn Heussaff) and Claudia (Heart Evangelista), daughters of former beauty queens who have had a long standing unfriendly competition and now are after the same man, Benjo (Aljur Abrenica), an all-around employee at the Polo Club.

“Sosy Problems” is under the helm of Andoy Ranay.

Rońo at the helm of priciest ‘Shake, Rattle, and Roll’

Director Chito S. Rono jumped on the chance to do another episode of the long-running horror franchise “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” with Mother Lily and Roselle Monteverde of Regal Entertainment, Inc.

He decided that, instead of the offers of other producers, he rather work on the trilogy, “Shake, Rattle & Roll Fourteen The Invasion!” An episode costs as much as one movie, said Mother Lily, adding that she could not say no to Chito’s requests. “He is a dear friend,” the Regal matriarch said of the famed director.

The Monteverdes went all out for the set, production design, special effects of the three episodes - “Ang Pamana,” “Lost Command” and “Unwanted,” written by Ricky Lee, Rody Vera and Roy Iglesias.

Each episode can stand on its own, with its own look and period and featuring big-name stars – “Ang Pamana” is set in the ‘80s with Herbert Bautista and Janice de Belen, “Lost Command” was shot in the Subic jungle with Paulo Avelino and Dennis Trillo, and “Unwanted” is set in the present-day at a mall with Vhong Navarro and Lovi Poe.

As Direk Chito said, the MMFF will not be complete without “Shake, Rattle & Roll.” This time, though, it is better, bigger, and more horrifying.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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