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Producers of ‘Rosario’ Put MMFF Ruling Into Question

Cinemabuhay is disappointed with the results of the recently concluded awards night of the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Despite some changes that were implemented to improve the Metro Manila Film Festival, this year’s edition became as controversial as the previous ones.

These changes include a) the box-office results are no longer a factor in choosing the Best Picture and b) Only the top three nominees/contenders will be named in each category.

These new rules did not receive any criticism until the awards night happened last December 26 when “Rosario” lost the Best Picture award to “Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last Na ‘To” and Albert Martinez and Jennylyn Mercado were snubbed of the Best Director and Best Actress nomination respectively.

The producers of the groundbreaking film expressed their disappointment.

In an e-mail to Yahoo! Southeast Asia, “Rosario” producer JoAnn C. Banaga put the nomination process into question:

“CINEMABUHAY and STUDIO 5 are not happy with the nomination process,” Banaga said. “The big question here is — How could the director of a RATED A movie not even get a nomination? Rosario got highly rated by the Cinema Evaluation Board composed of movie experts…who were the judges of the filmfest? And how could the MMFF change their rulings and just announce the top 3 nominees when in the past years all entries had nominations in each category? When did they change that ruling, overnight lang? We are not saying Ai Ai is not deserving of the award but how can Jennylyn not be nominated at all? Hindi ba siya as deserving as Ai Ai? Disappointing!”

Edwin Lacierda, the chairman of the MMFF Board of Jurors, said he was happy and satisfied with the selection of winners.

“Yes. The members of the board of judges came from different sectors part of them mostly from the film industry. It was chosen based from the appreciation of each member. I think the process was very democratic, so it seems like the public also is in agreement with the choices of the winners,” Lacierda said.

He also added that the results of the awards night were based on the assessment of the board of jurors.

Aside from Lacierda, other members of the board of jurors include Butch Francsico, Ricardo Tropeo, Deedee Sytangco, Robert Arevalo, Emmanuel Borlaza, May Paner, Maria Baby Villegas, Arnold Cabaluna, who is a public school teacher from Mandaluyong City, Justin Binos, a student from Makati City, and Newton Medina, a bus driver from Muntinlupa City.

It will be recalled that in the 2006 MMFF, a similar controversy happened. Enteng Kabisote 3 bested Star Cinema’s Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo for Best Picture. When Malou Santos, producer of Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo accepted the 2nd Best Picture award for their entry, she’s a little disappointed and stated in her speech that she believes KKK is THE best picture.

The MMFF organizers explained that part of the criteria in selecting the Best Picture was the box-office success of the film that’s why Enteng Kabisote 3 won. The Vic Sotto starrer was the top-grossing film on the first week of MMFF that year. However after the awards night and upon completion of the MMFF screening, KKK has outgrossed Enteng Kabisote 3. No changes happened for the Best Picture winner though.

50 Comments on Producers of ‘Rosario’ Put MMFF Ruling Into Question

  1. 291..me sinabi ba ko??STFU

  2. natural hindi clasic makaluma eh haha

  3. Rosario was a horrible movie. Just for its originality, RPG should have won best picture.

  4. matataas Lang ang pag-iisip ang nakaka-appreciate ng ROSARIO Like Danny DoLor(aba sikat ito ha!)..pareho niya pinanood ang ROSARIO at Tanging Ina…at ang ganda ng comment niya sa ROSARIO,naiintindihan ba ng mga Jurors ang ibig sabihin ng Major Awards?nakuha ng ROSARIO ang mga Major Awards,how come hindi siLa napasama kahit nomination man Lamang?That’s a BIG,BIG Question

  5. Anonymous // January 3, 2011 at 5:54 am //

    There’s no question about the award but it’s just so unfair because there was neither a nomination for albert martinez and Jennylyn mercado…

  6. si butch francisco ay isang vilmanian. si ai ai ay vilmanian. si kris ay vilmanian. at sa awards night lagi pa yatang binabanggit si vilma s.

    si jennelyn ang sinasabing susunod sa acting power ni ms nora aunor.

    so…..
    what do you expect?

  7. next time, humanap ang pamunuan ng MMFF ng mga karapatdapat na judges na hindi bias.

  8. wala ng credebility ang MMFF. nasaan na ang integridad nito? huwag n’yo namang paglaruan kami!!! pakiusap!!!

  9. kapal mo westguy // January 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm //

    KC ABS CBN KC ANG MAY HAWAK NG MMFF KAYA GANON NANGYARI AT GALIT CLA KC GMA ANG NAG AIRING NG MMFF AT BAYARAN ANG NANGYARI EH ANG MERALCO THEATHER AY MERALCO..OK NA SANA KAYA LNG C JENELYN HND CNAMA SA BEST ACCTRESS NOMINIE..ANO BA YAN

  10. @duh!- baket ikaw, nasabukan mno na bang gumawa ng movie? hehehe.

  11. nakakatawa naman keo..kala nyo kung sino kayong magagaling kumilatis..subukan nyo nga gumawa ng ganyang movie..tingnan naten kung saan keo pupulutin.

  12. yeah, same here…
    so far i have watched, enteng and metanoia(with my nephews), rosario and tanging ina( with friends)..
    so funny coz my nephews got bored at enteng and four of them decided to go to timezone with my sister…
    they did not finish the movie(but i did) considering that enteng was their choice … I dunno why.. 😀 that’s from the point of view of 6 to 11 years old kids… woah… but they super enjoyed the metanoia especially the larong pinoy, (some of the games is new to them though) and keep on asking me what game is that.. 😀
    Then with my friends was Rosario.. which we criticized all throughout.. 😀
    Then the tanging ina.. we keep on laughing… yay!!
    Later we will watch DALAW… I hope we can’t see reason to criticized it

  13. *made me

  14. hahaha…buti pa RPG, it made real proud to be pinoy!

  15. @bin soy:
    hahaha.. yeah, we also noticed their make-up… I thought I was watching horror movie especially the make-up of ara mina and isabel oli… OMG!!!
    They look like ” galing sa hukay” hehehe

  16. @cheriz: true! there’s something wrong sa movie…it does not seem classic which it should be. i don’t know if it’s the make-up or just the actors themselves.

  17. @bin soy: same here… actually our first choice was dalaw, but we no available seats for us (greenbelt 3) so we chose Rosario, same reason as yours, the trailer was really good…
    Pero start pa lang ng movie, disappointed na agad ako… kasi parang generation lang natin yun pag-arte niya.. yes there are parts na okay ang arte niya but inconsistent talga…

  18. @cheriz: i even watched ROSARIO first coz the trailer is so good. however, i got disappointed. had it been another lead stars or should they have brought out Jenny’s best, the movie could have been a lot better! but in fairness to Jennylyn, she’s growing as an actress.

  19. @bin soy:
    I super agree…

  20. i understand how you people have reacted… you were blinded by the fact that ROSARIO is a drama movie so it should be awarded. well, IT DOESN’T FOLLOW. if you try to watch ANG TANGING INA and compare AI AI’s acting to Jennylyn’s…you would clearly say that Ai Ai’s more deserving. i have nothing against Jennylyn, she did great on SOME scenes but the truth is, she’s INCONSISTENT all thoughout the movie. unlike AiAi who is very natural in her acting from start to finish. maybe that’s what the jurors noticed.

  21. #276:
    Are you sure you have watched it?
    OMG… You call it as her best? Really? best niya na yun? tsk tsk…
    Her character should be classic sophisticated liberated woman from New York… but with the way she act? she’s like whore…
    maraming inconsistency ang movie.. sayang, pagkakataon niya na sana para magkaroon ng award… Tama lang na hindi siya manominate coz she doesn’t deserve it… I was expecting more from her in this movie coz the trailer was really good.. trailer lang pla ang maganda… sayang ang gastos ng rosario, hindi naideliberate ng tama…
    puro panlalait tuloy ang napuna namin sa pelikula habang pinapanuood namin dahil it is really disappointing!!!

  22. hahaahah daming bitter. move on na ui.

    lagi nlng dayaan ang reason pag naaragabyado. mga utak ipis. kaya nga di umaasenso ang pilipinas. ksi ung mga natatalo maxadong ma pride! hahaahahahah

    kahit anong pagmumura gawin nyo, you cant change the fact na tapos na ang awarding.

    and God knows that. move on!

  23. hindi ako makapaniwalang si ai ai ang nanalo kasi comedy siya dahil ba malapit siya kay pnoy sa akin dapat si jennelyn ang nanalong best actress bahala na lang si lord sa inyo hindi naman natutulog

  24. ang BOBO kase ng mga judges ee..ang rosario kahit saan pdeng ipanglaban e yung tanging ina 3??!!hayaan nalang naten,hintayin natin ang famas at pagnanalo ang osario dun..magmumukhang TANGA an mmff na yan.

  25. I’ve watched both ROSARIO & TANGING INA(LAST) and I swear to GOD, JENNELYN is at her best and she deserve better recognition than AI AI DELAS ALAS whose performance or acting in this film is just the same as before—no changes—wala na ba syang alam na ibang acting…actually it’s OVER ACTING. likewise how could this be a Best Picture, there’s so many loopholes in the story. I’ve also watch the awards night….wondering why everytime TANGING (LAST) nomination called, PINOFOCUS ANG MUKHA NI KRIS SA TV SCREEN. WHY? DAHIL BA NA PAMBAYAD SA UTANG NA LOOB (okay lng sana kung maganda ang mukha, mukha naman beho beho) kaya next time, I wont watch MMFF awards night UNLESS these MMFF will be handled by the right people in showbiz and not MGA BOBONG POLITICO. Isa pa BAKLA c Butch Francisco wala xa hilig sa drama naging jurors pa!!!!

  26. super disappointed talaga ako sa result sa MMFF…

    gosh!>.

    ano bang nangyari sa mga JUDGES doon!>>

    kinain ng ZOMBIE ang utak..

    Oh my goodness.

    kahit fan ako ni Marian At Carla..

    I think Jennylen deserves to be nomintated compare to them,.,

    MMFF JURORS>.

    SHAME ON YOU>!>

    tsk2x

  27. totoo naman ee..lumuhod naman talaga si aiai at nagmakaawa..gusto nya makuha yung award ee..tama ba yun??i don’t think so.

  28. haynko andito nanaman yang duwag na anonymous na yan! e hndi pa kaya nya npapanuod ung movie comment na ng comment! hahahaha shoooo alis dito! poser ka!

  29. siguro dapat hindi muna ngayon prinoduce yung rosario.sana next year nalng siguro..kase yung kalaban ng rosario kung hindi last series.e matanda na yung bida..grabe talaga acting ni jen sa rosario..nakaka goosebumps!!at sila ang may pinakamatagal at pinakamahal na production…ELIB talaga ako.

  30. ih…pinagbigyan lang kc c ai ai dun sa best actress naaawa lang cla sa kanya kc lumuhod luhod pa cya.tsaka ung kay dolphy pinagbigyan din kc matanda na cya..

  31. “guys wag n kau mainis jan..kahit nman anong inis nyo…d n mbbgo ung resulta hehe…”

  32. Isama nga natin ang Tanging Ina and Rosario sa mga International Film Festivals at tingnan natin kung ano ang mas maraming aanihing awards.

    Some of the jurors mentioned are not even in a position to judge what’s good taste and poor taste. They should have their brains fixed for repairs.

  33. @Dukha eh ang Rosario feeling mo ba may papansin din nito doon, di rin yan papansinin unless i submit at ipagduldulan ng mga producers…kasi ang problema eh hype masyado promotion nito as in parang Himala eh sa totoo lang eh mas maganda pa yung ploning ni judai eh…

  34. Maglumpasay kayo sa galit // December 29, 2010 at 9:31 am //

    Talo kung talo….

  35. Jennelyn Mercado, Kris Aquino, and Ia-ia Delas Alas is the ORIGINAL NOMINEES @ 2010 MMFF…TRUE YAN..

  36. @dukha Agree ako sayo!
    yung rosario kahit ilabas mo nang bansa tatangkilin pa rin ehhh.

  37. akala ko ba importante ang global appeal sa pagpili ne best picture? Ok ang tanging ina sa panlasa ng mga pilipino pero papansinin kaya siya sa amerika at europa?

  38. marian and carla over jen????
    Sorry pero, kung magsasama silang tatlo sa isang soap. BAKA LAMUNIN LANG SILA NI JEN SA AKTINGAN…

    just being honest here.
    jennylyn deserves to be nominated atleast. her performance in rosario was outstanding!

  39. naku grabe, sinabotahe nila si jennylyn dito… i feel bad talga. inedit nila yung speech ni ai-ai when she apologized to jennylyn… hayyy. grabe talga mga pinoy. lahat gagawin para makuha ang gusto…

    napanuod ko na ang rosario, jennylyns acting was priceless. i dont think anoybody could potray that role.

    GO jennylyn! saludo kami sayo!

  40. ang sabi ni butch francisco dapat mas flirty(malandi) daw dapat ang atake ni jen sa role niya- bakit pokpok ba ang role niya? at saka 1920’s yung period- sa time na yon ciguro malandi na ang dating. alangan namang aarte cya ng malandi circa 2010. Hindi ako kritiko pero nakakaintinde naman ako ciguro kahit kunti tungkol sa pelikula

  41. ang sabi ni butch francisco hindi raw amarunong humawak ng cigerilyo si jen-bakit may standard bang paraan ng paghawak ng cigarilyo during the 1920’s?

  42. oonganaman // December 29, 2010 at 1:14 am //

    bakit nga naman si kris wala si marian pa at c carla naman ano ba yan

  43. naka2pagtaka nanominate c marian rivera at carla abellana e di nga marunong umarte yang dalawang yan. tinalo pa c Kris aquino. c marian magaling lang namang sumisigaw sigaw yan. halos lumabas nga litid nya sa pagsigaw, naka2basag eardrum di naman horror ung movie. d sya marunong umarte, MAARTE na kc sya in the first place. c carla abellana??? wow ha wala pa yatang 1 taong umaarte, nanominate na??? para lang kayang tumutula c carla pag nasa harap ng camera. nakapag acting workshop nba c carla hehe? naka2tawa ang mmff dis year. MMFF 2010 is a BIG JOKE!!! buti na lang may pambawi clang ginawa, un ay ang best actress award kay ai ai. at least sya nanalo kesa sa 2 pang nanominate noh.

  44. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario. // December 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm //

    yung fansni jennylyn? 2 lang, kunwari nag walk out.. ayaw naman pa interview..

    utak-ipis yung mga yun! parang si skyline.

  45. curiositykillsthecat // December 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm //

    even kris aquino nagsabi xa sa news before the awards night that she thinks jennelyn m. will be the best actress…tama deserving namn si ai ai pero yung hindi mapasama sa top 3 na nominado?!kalokohan na yun..tas kasama sa top 3 marian at carla?! pero don’t worry malalaman natin yan sa mga iba pang nagagawad ng mga awards…like FAMAS…

  46. flo..
    kaw naman kala mo kung sino ka…tingnan o muna yang sarili mo sa salamin..may kanya kanya tayong komento.WALANG PAKELAMANAN.

  47. palimos ng artista // December 28, 2010 at 11:57 pm //

    hahahahaha! diehard fan kc ni jen yang si skyline! nko po ingat sya! stalker yan malamang!

  48. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario. // December 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm //

    ung utak-ipis niya hanggang sky..

  49. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario. // December 28, 2010 at 11:55 pm //

    mahirap tlga talunan d2… lagi dahilan dinadaya..

  50. palimos ng artista // December 28, 2010 at 11:54 pm //

    for sure si skyline pangit yan!!! hahaha napakafanatic kc! papatay para sa idol nya! nakakaloka! yan ung mga tipong stalker! hahaha SCARY!!!

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