The Joyce Bernal action-drama “10,000 Hours,” this year’s most awarded entry in the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival, is also among the least watched of the eight competing films. Loosely based on the life story of former senator Panfilo Lacson Jr., “10,000 Hours” romped off with most of the trophies, including best picture, at the awards ceremony held at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City on Friday Night.
However, its lead star Robin Padilla, who won best actor, pleaded with the public to come and watch the movie. “Si Vic Sotto, boundary na. Ang ‘Girl, Boy’ at ‘Pagpag,’ boundary na rin. Kami, hindi pa,” Padilla said in his thank-you speech. “Wala man sa atin ang salapi, pero nasa atin ang karangalan. Sa mga hindi pa po nakakanuod, oras na para panoorin ninyo.”
Sotto is a member of the cast of the Marlon Rivera comedy film “My Little Bossings, which has been the top-earner since the festival opened on Christmas Day. According to records from the Metro Manila Development Authority, the festival’s organizer, “10,000 Hours” is in the bottom four of the box-office race.
Another comedy film, Wenn Deramas’ “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy,” is a close second. The Frasco Mortiz horror-drama “Pagpag, Siyam na Buhay,” is currently on third place, while Chris Martinez’s comedy “Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel” is fourth.
“10, 000 Hours” was also the recipient of the Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award, which is given to the film that “best portrays Philippine culture and the Filipino people to the world.” The movie was also awarded the Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for film excellence because it “upholds nationalism and the fight for the poor and the disadvantaged.”
Joyce Bernal brought home the best director trophy while Pen Medina, the best supporting actor award. The best screenplay award was given to Ryllah Epifania Berico and the best story
trophy, to Neil Arce, Bela Padilla, Peter Serrano and Dos Quizon, all for “10,000 Hours.”
“10,000 Hours” won most of the technical awards, beginning with best cinematography for Marissa Floirendo; best editing for Marya Ignacio; best production design for Joey Luna; best visual effects for Central Digital; best musical score for Teresa Barrazo; and best sound recording for Emmanuel Clemente.
“Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” was heralded Second Best Picture. It was also the recipient of the Most Gender Sensitive Film (Main Competition) award. “My Little Bossings” won Third Best Picture.
Maricel Soriano, a no-show at the ceremony, won the best actress award for her performance in “Girl, Boy…”
The best supporting actress award was given to Aiza Seguerra for her work on “My Little Bossings,” while the film’s lead star, Ryzza Mae Dizon, won the best child performer trophy. “Pagpag, Siyam na Buhay” won two awards—youth’s choice award; and best makeup for Leslie Lucero and Mountainrock Productions. Chito Rono’s action-thriller film “Boy Golden” won best float.
The filmfest entries “Pedro Calunsod: Batang Martir” (Francis Villacorta) and “Kaleidoscope World” (Eliza Cornejo) failed to bring home any award.
Seguerra for My Little Bossings Best Actor: Robin Padilla for 10,000 Hours
Best Actress: Maricel Soriano for Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy
3rd Best Picture: My Little Bossings
2nd Best Picture: Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy
Best Picture: 10,000 Hours HERE IS THE LIST OF MMFF
2013 NEW WAVE WINNERS: Best Picture: Dukit
Best Director: Armando Lao for Dukit
Special Jury Prize: Mga Anino Ng Kahapon
Most Gender-Sensitive Film: Island Dreams directed by Aloy Adlawan
Most Gender-Sensitive Film (student film category): Hintayin Mo sa Seq. 24 directed by Jezreel Reyes
Best Actress: Agot Isidro for Mga Anino ng Kahapon
Best Actors: Wilfredo Layug, Bambalito Lacap, and Bor Ocampo for Dukit
Best Student Short Film Special Jury Prize: #NoFilter by Luigi Rosario
Best Animation (New Wave) Special Jury Prize: Ang Lalong ni Kulakog by Omar Aguilar
Best Animation (New Wave) Best Picture: Kaleh and Mbaki by Dennis Sebastian (gma/pep)
HERE IS THE LIST OF MMFF 2013 WINNERS:
Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: 10,000 Hours
Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence: 10,000 Hours
Film: Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy directed by Wenn Deramas (Main Category)
Youth’s Choice Award winner: Pagpag, Siyam na Buhay Best Theme Song: My Little Bossings
Best Child Performer: Ryzza Mae Dizon for My Little Bossings
Best Director: Joyce Bernal for 10,000 Hours
Best Story: 10,000 Hours
Best Screenplay: 10,000 Hour
Best Sound Engineering: Emmanuel Clemente for 10,000 Hours
Best Musical Score: Teresa Barrozo for 10,000 Hours
Best Makeup Artist: Pagpag, Siyam na Buhay
Best Visual Effects: Central Digital for 10,000 Hours
Best Production Design: Joey Luna for 10,000 Hours
Best Editing: 10,000 Hours Best Cinematography: 10,000 Hours
Best Supporting Actor: Pen Medina for 10,000 Hours
Best Supporting Actress: Aiza