Three films distributed most of the trophies at the awards night of 38th Metro Manila Film Festival held last December 27, at the Meralco Theater, Pasig City.
The Thy Womb, El Presidente, and One More Try earned the most awards.
One More Try by Star Cinema has won five trophies; including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Dingdong Dantes.
Seven trophies in turn achieved by Thy womb of Center Stage Productions; including Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award, Best Director for Brillante Mendoza and Best Actress for Superstar Nora Aunor.
The historical film El Presidente of Scenema Concept International, CMB Films and Viva Films has won six awards; including 2nd Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Cesar Montano.
Sisterakas of Star Cinema and Viva Films also won two trophies and one went to Shake Rattle & Roll 14 of Regal Entertainment.
Si Agimat Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako, The Strangers, and Sosy Problems has retrieved no awards.
ACTING WINNERS. Nora won her eighth Best Actress trophy in the MMFF.
Nora defeated in this category were Angel Locsin (One More Try), Angelica Panganiban (One More Try), Janice de Belen (Shake Rattle & Roll 14), and Judy Ann Santos (Si Agimat Si Enteng Kabisote at Si AKO).
In her acceptance speech, the Superstar says, “Kahit lima na lang manonood ng pelikula ko, patuloy pa rin akong gagawa ng makabuluhang pelikula.”
Due to the humor that the Thy womb was already pulled out in some theaters due to its poor box office revenue.
Before his victory for Thy womb, the Superstar last won in 1995 for her performance in Muling Umawit Ang Puso.
Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada presented the Best Actress Trophy in MMFF this year.
There were disputes between Erap and Nora before due to the Superstar supporting former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo instead of the late King of Philippine Movies Fernando Poe Jr.
Dingdong Dantes also won his second straight MMFF Best Actor trophy. The Kapuso actor also won Best Actor last year for his role in the horror-suspense film Segunda Mano.
Dingdong’s competitors for Best Actor were Governor ER Ejercito for its performance as President Emilio Aguinaldo in El Presidente.
Their other competitors were Herbert Bautista (Shake Rattle & Roll 14), Bembol Roco (Thy Womb), and Vice Ganda (Sisterakas).
Dingdong and ER were also become deadly rivals as Best Actor last year for Segunda Mano and Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story, respectively
Dingdong catch the awarding who came from taping of the primetime series of GMA-7, Pahiram Ng Sandali. Dingdong didn’t reach last year.
The model-comedienne Wilma Doesnt won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the comedy film Sisterakas.
Wilma beat in this category were Gina Pareño (One More Try), Cherry Pie Picache (The Strangers), Arlene Muhlach (Shake Rattle & Roll 14), and Janice de Belen (The Strangers).
According to Wenn Deramas, director of Sisterakas who received the award for Wilma, the model is currently pregnant.
Cesar Montano won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Andres Bonifacio in El Presidente.
Cesar’s rivals in this category were Zanjoe Marudo (One More Try, Robert Arevalo (Sosy Problems), Baron Geisler (El Presidente), and Christopher de Leon (El Presidente).
This is the second Best Supporting Actor trophy of Cesar in MMFF
He first won in 1989 for Ang Bukas Ay Akin.
Aside from this, Cesar has three more Best Actor trophies: Jose Rizal (1999),Bagong Buwan (2001), and Ligalig (2006).
Kris Aquino and KC Concepcion served as hosts at the MMFF Awards Night.