Last December 26, Star Cinema MMFF entry Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na ‘To was the undisputed big winner in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival held at the Meralco theater in Pasig City. The comedy bagged nine awards including Best Picture, Best Actress (Ai Ai Delas Alas), Best Director (Wenn Deramas), Best Supporting Actress (Eugene Domingo), Best Child Performer (Xyriel Manabat), Best Musical Score, Best Gender Sensitive Film, Best Story, and Best Screenplay. That was also the highest number of awards won by a film that night. The movie’s lead star Ai Ai Delas Alas led the cast in accepting the award onstage.
“Salamat sa Metro Manila filmfest. Touched kami. Binuhos po namin ang puso’t kaluluwa namin sa picture na ito. Maraming salamat po sa mga jurors. Ang galing niyo pumili. Tama. Tama lahat,” she says in jest as the audience broke into laughter.
A tearful Ai Ai also thanked her reel and real-life offspring. “Lahat ng mga anak ko, ang gagaling dito, congrats anak. Congrats sa buong Star Cinema, kay Tita Malou (Santos), at kay Ma’am Charo (Santo-Concio). Sabi niya sa akin (bago mag-awards night), ‘Ai Ai ikaw ang winner’. Sabi ko ‘Thank you po Ma’am Charo,” she shares.
Star Cinema’s animated entry RPG: Metanoia was also successful as they went home with four awards including Best Sound Recording, Best Theme Song, Festival award for 3rd Best Picture and a special citation for being the Best Gender Sensitive Film in animation.
Albert Martinez’s directorial debut film Rosario won recognition in seven categories, Best Supporting Actor (Dolphy, who also won the Best Actor award for his RVN-produced film Father Jejemon), Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematographer, Best Festival Float, Festival award for 2nd Best Picture and the Gatpuno Cultural Award. Other awardees included Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote which won the Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects awards and Super Inday and the Golden Bibe which shared the Best Sound Recording Award along with RPG:Metanoia. Adolf Alix’s indie film entry Presa, which competed with four other entries in the category, won the P100,000 cash prize. Other special awards include male and female Face of the Night which was won by Bong Revilla Jr. and Sam Pinto while the Best Dressed Male and Female Celebrity award was brought home by couple Dennis Trillo and Jennylyn Mercado. Ruffa Gutierrez hosted the star-studded event along with her brothers Richard and Raymond Gutierrez.