For the first time in probably what seems like forever, the Metro Manila Film Festival has finally given the Filipino people what they've been clamoring for: Movies that pack in the substance, and as it turns out, also don't lack the much-loved kurot sa puso and/or entertaining factor that most Pinoys want in their films, so much so that Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2, Seklusyon, Oro, Vince, Kath, and James, Sunday Beauty Queen, Die Beautiful, and Saving Sally have all been having good runs in cinemas around the country.
And now even better news: While the film festival will be ending today, January 3, as part of the law-mandated 10 day period, Film Development Council of the Philippines Chairman Liza Diño has already confirmed that several cinemas will be airing all eight entries for four more days, until January 7, answering the appeal to extend MMFF’s run.
Included in the four-day extension are cinemas in SM North EDSA, Megamall, Manila, Sta. Mesa, Fairview, Southmall, Marikina, Bacoor, Iloilo, and Cebu. Also part of the four-day extension, as approved by the National Cinema Association of the Philippines (NCAP), include cinemas in TriNoma, Gateway, Greenbelt 1, Uptown Mall, Venice and Vista malls, Market! Market! mall, Fisher Mall, KCC Zamboanga, KCC Marvel Cotabato, Magic Star Tarlac, Silver Sceen Ozamis, Vista Mall Bataan, Center Plaza Zamboanga, and several Robinsons Malls nationwide.
"The Filipino moviegoers have spoken, and their passion for cinema and for good stories told well has made all the difference," MMFF officials said in a report by ABS-CBN News.
In addition to this positive development, Liza added that they are also negotiating with other cinema chains for a similar extension, along with a groundwork for an MMFF School Caravan, where this year’s entries will be shown at select schools.
"We are very happy with the result and nakikita naman natin sa social media 'yung mga reviews hindi ba," Liza said, referring to the positive reviews all eight entries received from moviegoers to critics (check out what critics have to say about Saving Sally and Die Beautiful). "It's just going to better and better and excited kami for next year."
What are you waiting for: Catch all eight entries, or if you've seen them already, why not watch them the second time around? We're sure it'll be worth it.
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