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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. gee para kay serious // December 28, 2010 at 7:37 am //

    sana nag volunteer kang mag juror!

  2. sa last 5 na nagcomment dito…kayo mga bobo dahil tinitingnan nyo lang sa aesthetic category ang pelikula, at technicalities lang tinitingnan nyo… kung talagang nanuod kayo malalaman nyo ang pinaka-essence ng pelikula! sinasabi ninyong hwag maging bias eh sa kumento talagang bias kayo, Kapamilya ako oero sa puntong ito nakita kong mas deserving ang Rosario kaysa sa laspag na laspag na comedy na ‘Tanging Ina’, patatawanin ka tapos paiiyakin..same genre wala ng pinagbago!

  3. Pag TALO, TALO!!!

    Pag FLOP, FLOP!!!

  4. the explainer // December 28, 2010 at 7:17 am //

    Lagi nalang pag may natalo ,nadaya daw.Mga Pilipino kaylan kaya magbabago?kung nadaya man pakita ang ebidensya,isa pang nakakatawa nauungusa n na daw nang pinoy tv ang tfc sa califonia,kasinungalingan. Isa pa panong nakalusot si willie revillame sa kaso ,ang pamangkin ko may boyfriend na lawyer na amerikano ,at isa lang sagot nya ,na magbabayad at dapat tapusin ni willie ang kontrata nya ,kung sa ibang bansa yun kagaya ng america,baka daw kasi iba dito satin ,sabi ko iba talaga dito,pera pera.At katarungan nga pala para sa mga vizconde ,saya nang trip ko sa africa try nyo.

  5. yan kasi… too much expectation… kaya ganyan ang ng yari sa kabila… bawasan kasi ang bilid sa sarili… para pag natalo tayo.. di masyadong masakit…….. aiai deserve it…… about kay jen at albert… better next time nalang marami pag awards na darating baka doon kayo manalo…… be happy nalang ang mga fans wag maging nega sa results…

  6. ABS CBN RULE // December 28, 2010 at 7:09 am //

    Exactly…ajl… I totally agree….. Kulang pa talaga si Jen…more workshops pa at saka experience na rin…

    Infairness to Rosario maganda naman kaya lang mas maganda talaga ang Tanging Ina… Nagmovie Marathon ako…..Nanuod ako ng Tanging Ina…tapos Rosario Para makita talaga kung ano ang tutuo and walang Bias ha.. Tama naman Decision…..

  7. 2little2late // December 28, 2010 at 7:05 am //

    HAYSSSS MGA BITTER TALAGA… TILL NOW NAPAKA BOBO PARIN NG IBANG TAO… PANOORIN NYO YUNG ROSARIO AT MALALAMAN NYONG PANGIT ANG MOVIE DIYOS KO YUNG IBA DITO SA TRAILER LANG DINADAAN OPINYUN PERO HINDI NAMAN TALAGA NAKPAPANOOD PA YUNG MOVIE. PORKEME IYAKIN ME MGA LINYANG MALALALIM DAPAT YUN NA ANG PANALO???? HAYSSS MGA BOBO!!!

  8. In addition to the screenplay of Rosario, yung mga linya napaka stereotype. Walang ka arrive arrive. Yung mga gasgas na dialogue na yung maririnig mo. Na amaze lang cguro sa technical aspects yung CEB. But filmaking boils down to great script and superb acting. Personally, my choice is Metanoia. Excellent script. Crisp, witty, and nostalgic. Voice acting is very effective and shows chemistry. And musical scoring world class. And to top it all, very Filipino using a western technology. Rated A din siya di ba. Rosario is one pretentious movie. A PR move for MVP. Sorry, we didn’t see in the movie his lineage to Rosario.

  9. I watched Rosario yesterday and I understand now why it did not win. Dinala lang ng spectacular cinematography,production design,music,sound,and editing ang pelikula. You can’t feel the Director’s exemplary execution. Parang pinagalaw at pinasalita lang niya ang mga characters. Screenplay is dragging. No little experimentation has been done for a very simple story. Acting wise, hilaw na hilaw pa si Jen. In the 1st part of the movie you can’t feel her naughtiners. Daming highlight moments na sinayang ni Jen, kung di kulang parang di niya alam atakehin ang eksena. The rest are acting na acting. It is here now where you can blame the director.

  10. ABS CBN RULE // December 28, 2010 at 6:47 am //

    I am happy with the result…. Tanggapin niyo na lang ang katutuhanan na di talaga kayo bet..hehe…

    Nakita ko na ang dalawang movie and no questions ask…. Family values for Tanging Ina are all there….matuwa, maiyak nasa tanging Ina na lahat ang ganda ng performance ni Ai Ai…..Eugene also did it very well…

    Nuod kayo ang kayo na rin ang maghusga…walang Bias ha…

  11. FLOP AMAYA leading man si ERVIC VIJANDRE..the LIVE IN PARTNER OF MARIAN FOR 7 YEARS..at may anak pa sila dvah AUBREY tinatago ni MARIAN... // December 28, 2010 at 6:44 am //

    ang tanong vaket na nominate si MARIAN PAKANGKANG? at vaket na nominate si CARLA STARLET abellana FLOP ROSALINDA? DVAH?

    carla abellana wla pang napapatunayan..FLOP ROSALINDA dvah teh?

    VAKET NA NOMINATE SI CARLA STARLET?

    at vaket na nominate si MARIAN LAOSYANG HINDI MARUNONG UMARTE? boses palaka marian??

    WLANG PERA ANG MGA FANS NI MARIAN..

    SUPER FLOP INDAY BADIDAY..wlang pera ang mga gme viewers

    yan ang tanong teh? ok

  12. ang tanong vaket na nominate si MARIAN PAKANGKANG? at vaket na nominate si CARLA STARLET abellana FLOP ROSALINDA? DVAH?

    carla abellana wla pang napapatunayan..FLOP ROSALINDA dvah teh?

    VAKET NA NOMINATE SI CARLA STARLET?

    at vaket na nominate si MARIAN LAOSYANG HINDI MARUNONG UMARTE? boses palaka marian??

    WLANG PERA ANG MGA FANS NI MARIAN..

    SUPER FLOP INDAY BADIDAY..wlang pera ang mga gme viewers

    yan ang tanong teh? ok

  13. im happy with the results but may point nga naman sila bkit hndi nominated si jen and mr. martinez for best director? and ms. kris aquino as best actress? kht nomination lang naman.

  14. Julie.. were you able to watch the other 3 for you to compare their actings?

    and we are not talking about iyakan lang ha.. but how effective they are with the assigned role.

  15. Ang objective dito ay, bakit hindi nanominate si jen for best actress?
    I agree ai-ai deserve the title, pero jen also deserve the title.
    After watching Rosario, I realized that there’s hope. Iba yung acting ni jen ehh. Sa mata pa lang nya mararamdaman mo na.
    Go Rosario!

  16. FLOP AMAYA leading man si ERVIC VIJANDRE..the LIVE IN PARTNER OF MARIAN FOR 7 YEARS..at may anak pa sila dvah AUBREY tinatago ni MARIAN... // December 28, 2010 at 6:10 am //

    ang tanong vaket na nominate si MARIAN PAKANGKANG? at vaket na nominate si CARLA STARLET abellana FLOP ROSALINDA? DVAH?

    carla abellana wla pang napapatunayan..FLOP ROSALINDA dvah teh?

    VAKET NA NOMINATE SI CARLA STARLET?

    at vaket na nominate si MARIAN LAOSYANG HINDI MARUNONG UMARTE? boses palaka marian??

    yan ang tanong teh? ok?

  17. GME KAPUSA network..HINDI NA MAKABAWI sa NET INCOME sabi ni GOZON..hindi raw sila makaabot ng 3BILLION php..kawowowee si GOZON pinalitan ni DUAVIT as PRESIDENT..vwahahhaha..flop network kasi GMEwww...lugi lugi // December 28, 2010 at 6:10 am //

    ang tanong vaket na nominate si MARIAN PAKANGKANG? at vaket na nominate si CARLA STARLET abellana FLOP ROSALINDA? DVAH?

    carla abellana wla pang napapatunayan..FLOP ROSALINDA dvah teh?

    VAKET NA NOMINATE SI CARLA STARLET?

    at vaket na nominate si MARIAN LAOSYANG HINDI MARUNONG UMARTE? boses palaka marian??

    yan ang tanong teh? ok?

  18. ang tanong vaket na nominate si MARIAN PAKANGKANG? at vaket na nominate si CARLA STARLET abellana FLOP ROSALINDA? DVAH?

    carla abellana wla pang napapatunayan..FLOP ROSALINDA dvah teh?

    VAKET NA NOMINATE SI CARLA STARLET?

    at vaket na nominate si MARIAN LAOSYANG HINDI MARUNONG UMARTE? boses palaka marian??

    yan ang tanong teh? ok?

  19. ang tanong vaket na nominate si MARIAN PAKANGKANG? at vaket na nominate si CARLA STARLET abellana FLOP ROSALINDA? DVAH?

    carla abellana wla pang napapatunayan..FLOP ROSALINDA dvah teh?

    VAKET NA NOMINATE SI CARLA STARLET?

    at vaket na nominate si MARIAN LAOSYANG HINDI MARUNONG UMARTE? boses palaka marian??

    yan ang tanong teh? ok?

  20. GME FILMS so POOR..wlang budget si gozon..always co produced...mayaman pa ang REGAL FILMS sa GME FILMS...gme films low quality..basurang movies basta gme films always super flop // December 28, 2010 at 6:03 am //

    marian rivera hindi marunong umarte….MARIAN bobo umarte..vaket siya? wlang acting award si marian…jennylyn mercado meron ng acting award

    yung CARLA ABELLANa..PARANG TUMULA..hind pa marunong umarte..hilaw pa si CARLA ABELLANA…CARLA ABELLANA parang nagbabasa ng komiks umarte

  21. GME KANGUSO KAPUSA..wala ng ADS..wala ng commercial loads kasi FLOP RATINGS..vwahahha..paki count nga ng ADS..vwahhhaa..KAPUSA NETWORK NILAYASAN NA NG MGA ADVERTISERS...BEAUTY QUEEN 13 ADS ONLY PUSO NG PASKO 18 ADS lang.. // December 28, 2010 at 6:03 am //

    marian rivera hindi marunong umarte….MARIAN bobo umarte..vaket siya? wlang acting award si marian…jennylyn mercado meron ng acting award

    yung CARLA ABELLANa..PARANG TUMULA..hind pa marunong umarte..hilaw pa si CARLA ABELLANA…..

  22. GME FILMS...wlang budget low quality..always co produced..wlang budget si GOZON // December 28, 2010 at 6:02 am //

    marian rivera hindi marunong umarte….MARIAN bobo umarte..vaket siya? wlang acting award si marian…jennylyn mercado meron ng acting award

    yung CARLA ABELLANa..PARANG TUMULA..hind pa marunong umarte..hilaw pa si CARLA ABELLANA

  23. baka nmn kasi di talaga convincing yung acting ni jennilyn dun…hindi porket drama ang Rosario sya na ang winner…di sana lahat ng entries drama na lng lahat…yung 3 nmn kahit ganun lang tema ng movie nila kung effective nmn sila sa role nila,…WHY NOT?

  24. I really like the results of the MMFF Awards night.

    It only shows that we are over and done with the stigma that only Drama Movies, Actors and Actresses can win the awards..

    So happy that Comedy Films are not being recognized in the country. It will uplift more the quality of this movie genre.

  25. Stupid remarks from Percy… the poster #1.

    you find it utterly incredible that the director of a Rated A movie was not even included in the nominees.

    Ate/Kuya/Tita.. may i remind you that Cinema Evaluation Board is a lot different from MMFF. They have an entirely different criteria same as other award giving bodies. Oh My.. You are so stupid.

  26. kase me nangguyo..dapat si jennilyn ang nominated instead of marian..hehehe..super flop si inday…ang baduy kase..sa pep lang sya sikat kase GMA ang nagpapatakbo nun..hehehe,,,katawa talaga survey nila..halatang me daya..

  27. hoooooooooh // December 28, 2010 at 4:48 am //

    bahahahaha….i saw tanging ina and for me its not a best picture material…jushmeeeeooooo…ai ai is good in the movie but she doesn’t deserve the best actress award… there are scenes na nagdradrama , umiiyak c ai-ai pero d masyadong effective…ai-ai also won a best actress award sa pmpc i think 2 years ago ang cute ng ina mo pero d rin xa deserving doon…ano ba ang basehan ng mmff? seniority? or talagang may gapangan na nangyari????? well rosario may not got the best picture award but i hope it will reap awards in other award giving bodies especially abroad….goodluck jennlyn albert and rosario…ur the true winners for us…:)

  28. Ai-ai is a good actress but the tanging ina mo movie is simply a movie to be watched on pirated dvd’s unlike Rosario which is one of the best movie i ever watched needs to be watched in cinema’s. i mean hindi deserving ang karamihan sa mga nanalo.

    im not a fan of filipino movies but i usually watch the best sensible once.

    iniregalo na lang yan sa Cast at sa production kasi 3 times silang sumali they never won.

  29. GAPANGAN PORTION GUYS!!! MALING MALI…C JEN DAPAT DUN..

  30. halatang dinaya…………

  31. joeeeyyyyyyy // December 28, 2010 at 4:05 am //

    ‎”Ang mahigpit kong kalaban si Jennylyn, pagbigyan mo na ko at matanda na ko hayaan mo bibilhan kita ng maraming awards” – Ai ai

  32. ok sana kung ninominate nila si jennylyn tapos kahit si Ai-ai pa rin nanalo.
    hindi masyadong disappointing. pero hindi ehh.

    pero anyways conrats to rosario and tanging ina. they bagged the most awards!

  33. Deserving din naman si AiAi pero bakit nga hindi nominated si Jennylyn pati narin si Albert Martinez at Dennis Trillo?

  34. Jennylyn won best supporting actress sa MMFF before!
    idk bakit hindi sya nanominate na best actress this year?
    to say na Rated A pa ang Rosario!

  35. congrats Ai // December 28, 2010 at 3:53 am //

    deserving si ai-ai. pero ang hindi ko maintindah ay bakit hindi man lang nanominate si jen for best actress?
    panuorin nyo ang rosario, mapapatanong din keo.

  36. hilda minoza // December 28, 2010 at 3:50 am //

    i am so much disappointed by MMFF, even though i am not from Manila… Rosario has class and much talented actors in it.. it show’s the real side of who we really are… and it is nominated for what?

  37. Lutong paksiw // December 28, 2010 at 3:45 am //

    im not a fan of jen.. but i believe she should atleast be nominated… and direk albert also.

  38. next time na gagawa kayo ng movie, sabihin nyo last movie nyo na yun, para manalo kayo.

  39. Hay…naku! Kaya walang nan—-ayaring maganda dito sa Bansa dahil sa ganitong bagay pa lang e may mga kabulastugan nang na—-ayari. Iba talaga ang nagagawa ng mga kai-kaibigan o kaya kamag-anak nga!

  40. kung isinama si jennylyn at si albert sa nominations di siguro masyadong dissappointing….

  41. MMFF BASURA // December 28, 2010 at 3:39 am //

    Sana sa susunod —-meron ding Friendship Award!

  42. Robby Cute // December 28, 2010 at 3:38 am //

    PEOPLE SPEAKS

    ROSARIO is the BEST PICTURE

    JENNYLYN MERCADO as Best Actress!!

  43. Jennelyn deserve to win more than aiai…nagagawa ng friendship talaga dito lang sa pilipinas yan rated A na pelikula di mam lang na nominate ang director wowwwwwwwwwwwww

  44. ito lang po yan e… halatang halata na pinadaan lang ni kris aquino ang awards sa 2 abs cbn film… para di halatang luto di ba? ung bagong chairman ba un ng mmda ay bagong lukluk ni pnoy and i think meron ginawang paggapang para manalo ang mga taga channel 2.. magaling si jennylyn at pati ako nagulat kasi di man lang sya nanominate.. nakakapagtaka at masyadong obvious na kalaban ni aiai ay si marimar at rosalinda.. kainis nga e..

  45. Merick Sheila // December 28, 2010 at 3:35 am //

    god napuyat ako and so dissapointed sana walang awa effect sa pag bi2gay ng awards dapat yung talagang deserving for me its really rosario and jennylyn!

  46. deserving namn c aiai s pagiging best actress………pero ang d ko maintindihan kung bakit d nakasli c jennilyn sa nomination…cnadya yata n c marian at c carla ang itapat k aiai,par nga namn n obviuos n lamang ni aiai……

  47. sa totoo lang lang kitangkita nman n may something fishy…biro mo nman ang naging kalaban ni aiai c carla a at marian r.. nagulat talaga ako n di nasali c jen s mga nominated..kaya s inis ko pinatay ko agad ang tv.kasi nakita ko pa ang iyak ni aiai parang nag jojoke lang don s una nyang pagiyak tumatawa pa….parang di kapanipaniwala di bah 2nd best picture p…dinaan n lang s best dress…kaya panoorin ko na lang para makita ko kung bakit…alam nyo nah..

  48. and jennylyn who shows what a real actress is wasn’t nominated???marian rivera??? carla abellana??? natalo siya????gosh!!i know ai ai deserves it but jennlyn deserve it too like how deserving aiai is

  49. Rosario Fever // December 28, 2010 at 3:33 am //

    i think the movie rosario is one of the best film ever made by a filipino.

  50. Mr. Lacierda, I just find it utterly incredible that the director of a Rated A film was not even a nominee for the Best Director Award!!!??? It even won 2nd Best Picture and the Villegas Cultural Award!! Paki explain lang po. Di talaga ma gets ng IQ ko. Just give us a logical explanation to this one question at tanggap ko na the rest.

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