I was supposed to catch an MMFF entry or two on Christmas Day itself, but man, the lines were soooo long that I was not able to make it to my intended screening for Ang Larawan. So, for now, let me just make my predictions of the possible winners on the Gabi Ng Parangal, but all purely based on the trailers of the entries. I’ll also be adding some special awards of my own to spice things up a little.
Best Supporting Actor
Jake Cuenca as Lizardo in Ang Panday. That intense look in his eyes screams, ‘..that award is mine!’
Best Supporting Actress
Joana Ampil as Candida in Ang Larawan. Just like The Oscars, I’m giving it to the most promising IT girl of the bunch.
Best Comedic Ensemble - Meant to Beh
Why put the ENTIRE Eat Bulaga cast in your film if you’re not asking for this recognition?
Best Theme Song
"Alon" by Hale for Siargao. 'Cause it just sounds awesome in the trailer. Okay, fine, I admit that I’m a Hale-r. So, shoot me.
It’s a no-brainer. Not only 'cause he’s my mentor but, come on, ‘The Maestro’ Ryan Cayabyab is sure to win this for Ang Larawan!
Best Production Design
Ang Larawan 'cause it’s a period film. But, I have a few special awards below under this category.
Best in Costume Design
Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad for the Kick-Ass inspired costumes. Best The Hobbit-inspired Design goes to Ang Panday--'cause all doors of dwarven creatures’ homes are circular, in all other alternate film universes.
I’d have to give this to Siargao 'cause this is the trailer I love the most. The film seems promising as a love story set on a surfing town. And if the editing of the film is anywhere close to what’s on the trailer, then maybe it has a chance of garnering this honor.
This might actually go to Deadma Walking since Eric Cabahug’s script has already won the Palanca awards.
Edgar Allan Guzman for Deadma Walking 'cause he’s bound to pull another Paolo Ballesteros.
Rachel Alejandro in Ang Larawan. There’s no other choice, really. unless Erich Gonzales magically pulls out a solid performance or Jennylyn Mercado portrays a different character other than Jennylynn in her past four films.
Loy Arcenas for Ang Larawan
and therefore, Best Picture
Ang Larawan 'cuse it’s cultural, it’s musical, and it needs this win to boost its ticket sales in the box office.
Here are a few more special awards:
Best Special Effects
Haunted Forest--check out the trailer. 'Nuff said.
Most Intriguing Trailer
All Of You. So intriguing, it feels like a mystery.
Most Cameos in a movie since Ekstra - Deadma Walking
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I’m curious to find out how many of my predictions would come true but I’m betting that I’d get more than half of the results right. Congratulations to the #MMFF2018 for packing the theaters again this year. It felt like as if the public was deprived of their Vice Ganda, Bossing and family fantasy film fix last year. I am hoping though, that all the entries would make money and not just the already expected blockbusters.
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