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10000 Hours Number 1 in the Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 Awards Night

Bb Joyce Bernal's 10000 Hours bagged the most number of awards with a total of 11 including Best Director for her in the recently concluded 39th Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night at the Meralco Theater  Ortigas Pasig last November 27, 2013. Robin Padilla earned a Best Actor nod for his riveting performance in 10000 Hours as a fugitive who just want the truth to come out. Maricel Soriano, on the other hand, won Best Actress as an affectionate mother of quadruplets in Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy. The awards night was hosted by KC Concepcion and Kris Aquino.  Here's the full list of winners:  Best Actress: Maricel Soriano - Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy Best Actor: Robin Padilla - 10000 Hours Best Supporting Actress: Aiza Siguerra - My Little Bossings Best Supporting Actor: Pen Medina - 10000 Hours Best Picture: 10000 Hours 2nd Best Picture: Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy 3rd Best Picture: My Little Bossings Gat Puno Villegas Cultural Award: 10

Chikkaness Avenue's Fierce Forecast for MMFF 2013 Awards Night

I must say that this year, the Metro Manila Film Festival entries are better than the previous year. Apart from its high entertainment value, the films have espoused stories that truly reflected the Filipino culture. I enjoyed the movie marathon despite the long lines and its all worth it. Here's my fierce forecast  in the Awards night that will happen in the next few hours at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Pasig tonight, December 27, 2013.   BEST ACTOR Front Runners             Robin Padilla -10000 Hours             Vice Ganda - Girl, Boy Bakla, Tomboy             Rocco Nacino - Pedro Calungsod Major Contenders             Daniel Padilla - Pagpag             Vic Sotto - My Little Bossings             Jorge ER Estregan - Boy Golden Potential Spoilers             Sef Cadayona - Kaleidoscope World             Sam Milby - Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel BEST ACTRESS Front Runners             KC Concepcion - Boy Golden             Eugene Domingo - Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel     

Chikkaness Review: PAGPAG - Terrific Visual Intensity and Style

A group of friends led by Cedric (Daniel Padilla) chanced upon the funeral of Roman (Paulo Avelino) with his wife, Lucy (Shaina Magdayao), in despair that was arranged by the funeraria services of Leni (Kathryn Bernardo), Dencio ( Janus Del Prado ) and Marcelo (Marvin Yap). After the funeral, Marcelo is seen sweeping the room when Eva (Matet de Leon) suddenly scolds him as it was a bad superstition. All of the unwanted guests violate a superstition including: Hannah (Michelle Vito), who dropped tears on the coffin when she saw Cedric holding Leni's hand; Rico (Dominic Roque), who wiped the coffin with a handkerchief; Justin (CJ Navato), who stole bread from the funeral; Ashley (Miles Ocampo) for looking at her reflection in the mirror; Cedric, by attending the funeral with a wound; Dencio, who stole the money below the coffin and Leni and everyone else who did not do the "Pagpag," an act of dusting off oneself after a funeral to avoid evil spirits following you home.

Chikkaness Review: Pedro Calungsod: Ang Batang Martir - An Inspiring Film That Shouldn't Be Missed

Francis Villacorta's Pedro Calungsod: Ang Batang Martir (Rocco Nacino) mainly concerns the Filipino saint's life when he assisted Spanish Father  Diego de San Vitores (Christian Vasquez) in baptizing the Chamorros (natives of Marianas Island, now Guam) that eventually led to his death. The film chronicles the saint's commitment to his faith amidst the danger that he has to face in influencing the natives to follow the word of God and abandon paganism. The young Visayan catechist served as the eyes of Father Diego when the latter gave up his eyeglasses so he will be perceived as someone not above with the people he's preaching. The journey becomes difficult when the group faced resistance from a  a Chamorro chieftain. Father Diego pursued to have a peaceful relationship between the Spaniards and the natives even if there have been killings already. I don't know much about this Filipino saint but the movie has provided me the understanding I needed about his

Alden Richards: 10,000 Hours Is An Action Film Beyond Limits

There's no stopping for Alden Richards to stardom. After the success of his teleserye Mundo Mo'y Akin and for being Cosmopolitan's Ultimate Bachelor for this year, the sexy heartthrob will be seen in big screen with 10,000 Hours, an entry to this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.  I had the opportunity to spend some time with Alden for a quick chat where he described his role in the movie and why he thinks the movie deserves to win the Best Picture award. Directed by Bb Joyce Bernal, the film stars Robin Padilla, Mylene Dizon, Michael de Mesa, Bela Padilla. Pen Medina, Carla Humphries, and Joem Bascon. It follows the journey of Senator Gabriel Alcaraz w ho has lived his life by the law and for the law. But, he is also a man betrayed by the law. If you have not seen the film's explosive action-packed trailer, please check the below. Treat yourself for a smart and riveting action thriller with 10,000 Hours as it opens on December

Chikkaness Must Watch: KALEIDOSCOPE WORLD: A Movie With A Heartbeat

Dance enthusiasts are in for a treat with the Philippines' first hip hop dance film, "Kaleidoscope World" under iAct Productions. A love story inspired by the music of Francis Magalona, the film tells about the romance between a poor boy Lando (Sef Cadayona) and rich girl Elsa (Yassi Pressman) whose relationship gets affected with their entry on the number one local hip hop crew that is competing for an international dance event. Apart from Sef and Yassi, the film also stars  Alma Concepcion, Mayton Eugenio, Alireza Libre,  Arnold Reyes,  Brylle Mondejar,  Pia Pilapil,   and William Angeles. The movie will also feature hip hop crews like The Philippine All Stars, Maneuvers, The Crew, UP Streetdance Club, among others. I got the chance to chat with lead actors Sef Cadayona and Yassi Pressman; and they briefly described their roles and the reason why Kaleidoscope World deserves to win the Best Picture award. Check out the trailer that will make you

Marion Aunor Wows Audience At Her Album Launch

Singer/songwriter and Himig Handong P-Pop Love Songs 3rd Placer, Marion Aunor has recently launched her self-titled album under the Star Records label last December 22, 2013 at the Glorietta Activity Center. As a new member of Star Magic, she was welcomed by the talent arm's famous talents in a video like Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu, Enchong Dee, Daniel Padilla, among others. You could really see that she was delighted with the surprise video made for her especially with Gary Valenciano's welcome message. This Yeng Constantino/Rachel Alejandro/Krista Ranillo look-a-like was full of energy that night as she croon to her audience her carrier singles  ,  ‘Fallen’  and  ‘Do Do Do’ which she personally composed. She revealed her sensuality as she sang  ‘Sex On Legs’ which she co-wrote with   Patricia Sanico The  ‘If You Ever Change Your Mind’ songstress, her song entry in Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs, did not think twice in showing her soul through her music and d

Chikkaness Review: MGA ANINO NG KAHAPON - Tight Editing Making This A Careful And Thoughtful Film

Alvin Yapan writes and directs the family drama, Mga Anino Ng Kahapon, a production of Vim Yapan and Alem Chua  in partnership with Janssen Pharmaceutical  Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Philippines) . Agot Isidro plays Irene, a nurse whose husband Ed (TJ Trinidad) went abroad to work as a caregiver. Irene started to experience visions of military men monitoring their house and rebels visiting her for shelter and comfort. When Ed learned about Irene's situation, he returned to the country to assist his wife's medication for schizophrenia. However, Irene was not pleased with it as she sees as it as policing her similar to what her family experienced from the military during the martial law days. Carlo Cruz, Carl Alexander Acosta, and Upeng Galang Fernandez also star in the movie that had its gala premiere last December 19, 2013 at Glorietta 4, Cinema 1 as one of the entries for Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 New Wave section. The editing and pacing was tight makin


Fast-rising singer-songwriter Marion Aunor believes that her singing and songwriting skills will make her stand out among the many other talented Filipino singers. The third place winner of "Himig Handog P-POP Love Songs 2013" is positive that she can carve her own niche in the music industry, especially with the new sound and unique flavor that she highlights in her much awaited self-titled debut album released under Star Records. "It’s really tough to rise above the competition because so many other talented artists come out with their great albums that are launched almost at the same time. However, I still think that there is always room for new music as people are always on the lookout for something different and innovative,” said Marion whose musical influences include Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, The Corrs and The Cranberries. “Unlike most local artists, I like to write my songs and put my own spin on revivals. So I’m very grateful that I was given the f

Agot Isidro, TJ Trinidad On Acting Showdown in Mga Anino Ng Kahapon

Critically-acclaimed actors Agot Isidro and TJ Trinidad are paired for the first time in the family drama Mga Anino Ng Kahapon that explores the varying degrees, forms and issues of surveillance which are at the heart  of the relationship and conflict of a schizophrenia patient and caregiver especially during the  treatment phase. In the film, Agot plays the role of Irene, wife, mother, and nurse. She was inspired to get into medical profession because she saw her own mother (also a nurse) cared for wounded rebels during Martial law. When Irene's husband Ed (TJ Trinidad) goes abroad to work, her schizophrenia is triggered, signaling the journey of Irene and her family dealing with her condition. Written and directed by Alvin Yapan and produced by Vim Yapan/Alem Chua Productions in partnership with Janssen Philippines, the film was made to raise awareness about schizophrenia, erase the stigma associated with mental illness and show the struggles of patients and families l