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‘Larawan,’ ‘Siargao’ win big in MMFF 2017

“Ang Larawan,” a movie which was pulled out from some theaters due to poor ticket sales, made a rebound after it was named Best Picture at the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival Gabi ng Parangal awards night held at the Kia Theater in Cubao, Quezon City last Wednesday night.

Joanna Ampil Receives the best actress trophy for her performance in “Ang Larawan” the metro manila film festival (MMFF) gabi ng parangal held Wednesday night , December 27. At Kia Theather in Quezon City. (Photo by Manny Llanes)

Joanna Ampil Receives the best actress trophy for her performance in “Ang Larawan” the metro manila film festival (MMFF) gabi ng parangal held Wednesday night , December 27. At Kia Theather in Quezon City. (Photo by Manny Llanes)

“Siargao” was named 2nd Best Picture while “All of You” was 3rd Best Picture.

Joana Ampil, of the movie “Ang Larawan,” was named Best Actress, beating other stars Jennylyn Mercado (“All of You”), Dawn Zulueta (“Meant To Beh”), and Erich Gonzales (“Siargao”).

“This is surreal. Just few days ago, I just asked my parents, ‘What do you want for Christmas?’ They said ‘just bring home the trophy.’ I got it! This means a lot to me,” said Ampil in her emotional acceptance speech.

“Ang Larawan” also took home Best Production Design (Gino Gonzales), Best Musical Score (Ryan Cayabyab), and the Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award.

Derek Ramsay was hailed as Best Actor in the film “All of You.” Other nominees were Coco Martin (“Ang Panday”), Jericho Rosales (“Siargao”), and Joross Gamboa (“Deadma Walking”).

“Siargao” also went home with Best Director (Paul Soriano) and Jasmine Curtis-Smith Best Supporting Actress.

“It’s been a tough two years for me. Kahit na wala akong network, may mga trabaho pa rin akong natatanggap, meron pa ring mga pelikula na nakukuha. Wala naman sa kung anong network po tayo, kung anong production house tayo, nasa magandang materyal ‘yan. Nasa magagaling na tao. Mga taong hindi napapagod na ipakita ang kagalingan ng mga Pinoy sa pelikulang Tagalog,” said Curtis in her speech.

Earlier, “Siagao” received nods for Best Editing (Mark Victor), Best Cinematography (Odyssey Flores), Best Sound, and Best Original Theme Song (Alon by Hale).

Edgar Allan Guzman was named Best Supporting Actor for “Deadma Walking.”

“Hindi ko magagawa ‘yung ginawa ko sa ‘Deadma Walking’ kung hindi dahil sa taong ito. Iaalay ko sa kanya ito. Bro, Joross Gamboa, para sa’yo ito pare! Isa po akong back-up dancer ni Joross Gamboa dati. Proud po ako na sabihin ‘yun.

Bro, mahal na mahal kita! Maraming salamat. Hindi ka lang magaling na aktor, mabuting tao ka rin,” said De Guzman.

Baeby Baste, of the film “Meant To Beh,” won Best Child Performer. “Thank you sa mga nag-vote. This is for you Lord!

Sa lahat ng ‘Meant To Beh’ cast. First time ko po ito.”

“Ang Panday” received awards for Best Visual Effects and special awards FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence and Children’s Choice.

“All of You” also received a trophy for Best Screenplay while “The Revenger” got a special citation for “People’s Choice.”

The Best Float award went to “Deadma Walking.”

When tallied, “Siargao” won a total of 7 awards; “Larawan,” 5; “All of You,” “Ang Panday,” and “Deadma Walking,” 3 awards each; and “Meant To Beh” and “The Revenger,” one award each.

The horror flick “Haunted Forest” was shut out in all the categories.

Other winners of special awards were Derek Ramsay and Erich Gonzales, Stars of the Night.

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