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By Pauline Faye V. Tria

If you’re in the mood for some Pinoy drama, horror, romance, or fantasy, check out these MMFF winners before you plan your day, the last day of the year, at the movies.


Rainbow Sunset
The Joel Lamangan-directed film was the big winner at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018 Gabi ng Parangal, bagging the Best Picture Award. The film also won Best Production Design, Best Screenplay, and the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award, with cast Tony Mabesa, Aiko Melendez, Max Collins, Eddie Garcia, and Gloria Romero winning Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Special Jury Prize, and Best Actress awards respectively. Lamangan also took home the Best Director award and the film’s theme song, “Sa’yo Na” won Best Original Theme Song.


Directed by Yam Laranas, Aurora won Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Design, Best Cinematography, and the Second Best Picture award. Anne Curtis, the leading actress of the film, was hailed the Star of the Night (Female), and her co-star Phoebe Villamor snatched the Best Child Performer award.


One Great Love
This coming-of-age love story, directed by Eric Quizon, secured the Best Original Score and the Third Best Picture award. The film stars Kim Chiu, Dennis Trillo, and JC De Vera, with Trillo winning the highly-coveted Best Actor award.


The Girl in the Orange Dress
The romantic film, produced by Quantum and MJM Films and directed by Jay Abello, stars Jericho Rosales and Jessy Mendiola, with Rosales taking home the Star of the Night (Male) award.


Jack Em Popoy: The Puliscredibles
The action-comedy film, directed by Rodel Nacianceno, bagged the Best Float, Best Editing, and the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award. The film stars Coco Martin, Maine Mendoza, and Vic Sotto as police officers.

Other film entries for the MMFF 2018 were Fantastica: The Princess, The Prince, and the Perya directed by Barry Gonzales, Mary, Marry Me by RC Delos Reyes, and Otlum, directed by Joven Tan. The annual Gabi ng Parangal was held last Thursday night at the Theatre in Solaire.


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