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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. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm //

    marami pang mas magagaling kay jen,

    baka pag iba, baka manalong best actress.

  2. to flo..paki-proof read na lng..then pki-repost.thanks!

  3. to anonymous! pakiayos ng GRAMMAR please!

  4. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm //

    kinain tuloy ni crsity fermin ung mga sinabi niya..

  5. palimos ng artista // December 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm //

    isa lang masasbi ko! pahiya ka ngayon cristy fermin!!! tsk!

  6. Rosario was reviewed rated A by the CEB,got the 2nd best picture in the MMFF,, and yet Albert was not even nominated, they said because they only get the best 3, so u mean Albert is not on the top 3 considering that it’s the 2nd best picture? how ironic? i never doubted wen deramas as director and so are with others, but can we pls take 2nd look on Albert’s craft? and compare? hmmm, I cant blame others to think, hindi ba tlga xa top 3 o hindi na lng sinama sa nominees para walng chance na manalo? mas mdali nga namnag sagutin yung Bat hindi nominated kesa sa bat di nanalo? hehehe..but which is which..there is something wrong..just asking! 🙂

  7. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm //

    isa lang sasabihin ko, ang mga bida nananalo sa bandang huli.

  8. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm //

    6 months advance yung promotion rosario.. taz ngaun talunan?

    ano yun?

    tapos sasabhing mataas sa ratings?

  9. palimos ng artista // December 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm //

    hahahahaha! kyo nlang kaya magjudge next yr? better yet bumuo nlng kyo ng sarili nyong awards show! haha! ba yan! tapos na pinaguusapan pa! e talo na nga db? may magagawa pa ba kyo?? sus! minalas ang rosario dahil kay cristy! prinomote nya kc yan tuloy wlang nanuod!

  10. lutong macao // December 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm //

    masyado nmang obvious na manipulated result d man lng nanominate jennylyn at albert martinez.

  11. Go Jen go rosario

  12. palimos ng award po // December 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm //

    pwd na pala manawagan na gustong manalo ng award so asahan na natin nxt yr. madami na mananawagan a mamalimos ng award para sa mmff gabi ng mga hangal

  13. ilove kapuso n kapamilya // December 28, 2010 at 8:27 pm //

    I super love Rosario! Go Jen madami nagsasabi dapat kang manalo so dyan pala big winner ka na.

  14. hay ang daming tanga! rosario is one of a kind movie superb maipagmamalaki. I’ve already watched it and indeed a very good movie kudos Jennylyn mercado you deserve to win

  15. asar kay cristy f. // December 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm //

    waaaaaaaaaaaah san na ang rosario pinagmalalaki ninyo? talunan………wawa naman……..poor rosario…..

  16. Palimos ng artista // December 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm //

    nakakatawa naman ito! over prinomote kc ni cristy fermin yan tuloy minalas! hihihi

  17. ****dialogue (erratum)

  18. If only MMFF should come up with the criterias para masabing BEST. I strongly agree na hindi naman dapat drama para maging best picture which is happening sa pinas na rin (like sa US life is beatiful won in the Oscars and so is julia roberts in pretty woman), in fact, mas accpeted na nga nga underacting ngayon eh,hindi nmn na kc tlga kelangan ngumawa at mg-eefort para maging best actress, khit walang dialouge kung mgaling ka mgaling ka… ang akin lng is ano ba talaga yung criterias na tiningan nyo.
    You need to explain this to all moviegoers, why is tanging ina the best picture? if you were able to explain this, i think walang problema, for sure everyone would understand.just give us concrete details coz we deserve it, ndi nmn libre ang manood ng sine lalo pa’t mahirap na buhay nagun di ba?

  19. LETS BE FAIR! // December 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm //

    tama si anonymous!!!jen and albert deserves the ‘BEST’ awards!

  20. I have seen all the movie entries in the last MMFF 2010.. I feel for the producers of Rosario, maganda at pinagisipian ang pelikula. Masasabi mong may kabuluhan ang perang ibabayad mo. Jennylyn Mercado and Albert Martinez did a great job! I’m also wondering, how come they were not nominated.it’s disappointing! kaya minsan nasasayang tuloy ang galing at talino ng mga pinoy kasi hindi nabibigyan nang tamang parangal.Minsan ibang bansa pa ang kumikilala sa galing natin eh.how sad…

  21. cristy — eh di lumipat ka sa vietnam

    uunlad ba tayo pag nagka oscar nomination? And sa tingin mo oscar worthy na ang rosario? My god… Sobrang hype lang sya dahil kay cristy fermin at dahil sa promotional capability ni manny pangilinan..

  22. maganda ang story pero mababaw ang acting. ipalit mo si Kristine Hermosa kundi masungkit ang Best Actress award…

  23. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm //

    Piece of advice…
    Palitan si Jennylyn at yung ibang cast, pati director…

    siguradong tatabo yan!

  24. We should encourage producers to make films like Rosario because until now wala pa rn tayong Oscar nomination. Daig pa tayo ng Vietnam

  25. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 6:51 pm //

    ayan kasi, karma ang ng nangyari,,

    ang moral lesson dito,, wag masyado mangarap!

  26. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 6:45 pm //

    akala siguro ng mga tao porke drama panalo na, heto yung pag-iisip ng mga pinoy..

    utak-ipis.

  27. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 6:44 pm //

    hindi pakangkang name niya..

    kundi marian bukake!

  28. HOY ALEX G AS IN GAGA, ANG KAPAL NG MUKHA MO! MAKOSENSYA KA NAMAN SA MGA PINAGSA SASABI MO. // December 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm //

    ALEX G AS IN GAGA,
    IKAW ANG SOBRANG
    KAPAL NG MUKHA AT
    BABOY NOH. YANG
    PINAG COCOMMENT MO
    NAGREREFLECT KUNG
    ANONG KLASENG
    NILALANG KA.
    TANUNGIN MO NGA
    SARILI MO KUNG TAO KA
    OR BAKA SINASANIBAN
    KA NG MASAMANG
    ESPIRITU DAHIL ANG
    LAKAS NG
    IMPLUWENSYA NG MGA
    EVIL SPIRIT SA YO EH..
    SIGURO NAMAN MAY
    KONTI KA PANG
    KONSENSYA KAHIT PANO
    KAYA MAG BAGO KA NA
    BAGO MAG NEW YEAR.

  29. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm //

    d hamak na mas magaganda pa yung mga INDI FILMS…

  30. 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 6:39 pm //

    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

  31. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm //

    kapag comedy ba entry ng tv5, sisikat ba?

    kapal ng mukha niyo!
    baguhan pa lang kayo!
    mag baboy!

  32. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 6:15 pm //

    ung rosario,patunay ito na gaano kababaw ang ispi ng mga tao..

  33. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm //

    Ang dali dali naman kasi, at ambabaw pa ung stiry,
    ung acting skills? wala lang..

  34. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 6:13 pm //

    hay, heto naman hindi mattanggap ang nanyari, akal niyo kung sinong napakaganda yung pelikula niyo..

  35. sa mg aproducers ng rosario, ung utak-ipis
    network..
    mapupunta na sa inyo.

  36. EDWIN LACIERDA JUROR? WHAHAHA! ANG POULITIKO NA PALA NGAYONB AY AHOWBIZ JUDGE NA! NAKAKAHIYA KA MMFF! // December 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm //

    IKINAHIHIYA KO ANG MMFF. SI JENBNYLYN HINDI NA NOMINATE PERO GRADED A ANG PELIKULA. HINDI NA NOMINATE. PULITIKA. LUTO.

  37. baler and dekada 70 are better than rosario… wala ito sa kalingkingan ng 2

  38. AGB-GMEwww PARTNERSHIP :) // December 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm //

    Maxado dami dada mga Kasuso dito, porke’t comedy nanalo over rated A drama, dami na satsat…

    If I know, kung enteng o inday ang nanalo OVER Rosario, tatahimik kayong mga nagrereklamo ngayon?!!!

    Eh PURO KASUSO lang nmn may reklamo sa Tanging Ina, pero cla MVP eh sa best Director at Actress nomination lang nmn may reklamo…

    PANO NGA NAMAN MANANALO SI ALBERT AT JEN KUNG DI SILA NOMINATED???

    Nung natalo ng Panday ang Rated A na Mano Po 6 pati ang No.1 sa takilya na I Love You Goodbye LAST YEAR sa MMFF, NILUTO din ba yun?

    Wag nga kau maxado BITTER.

  39. mga leche kau…puro kau away…magbago na kau mga timang!!

  40. tanginginanionglahat // December 28, 2010 at 5:59 pm //

    yan lang masasabi ko sa mga satsat ng satsat pero di alam ang totoong nangyari….walang pupuntahan ang mga juror, kapag pinanalo nila ang kanan, reklamo to the max ang kabila at ang kaliwa ganun din…haist…di talaga maiaalis sa pinoy ang ganyang pangit na attitude…pwede ba suportahan nio na lang ang pinoy movies, mapa kapamilya, kapuso at kapatid stars!!!
    anyway, may balita dito sa saudi na pagiisahin na daw ang tfc at gmapinoytv…sasama daw ang tfc sa showtime/OSN cable…good news for us para naman makatipid kami…

  41. May nabasa akong review ng Rosario sa clickthecity.com. The person who watched and had a review of it, just gave 2.5 stars out of 5. It means dat d movie lacks many elements dat a historic movie shud have….

  42. @157

    I super duper Agree..dahil sa mga comments d2 kaya nanuod aq at nagcritic nadin..nakakainis nga ..nadisappoint aq sa movie..nakalaan pa naman dapat ung money ko sa DALAW..huhuhu/..I hate myself for believing to those people na nagsabi na maganda talaga ang ROSARIO…mas gusto ko pa ang BALER>>>un talaga maganda…

  43. @157

    I super duper Agree..dahil sa mga comments d2 kaya nanuod aq at nagcritic nadin..nakakainis nga ..nadisappoint aq sa movie..nakalaan pa naman dapat ung money ko sa DALAW..huhuhu/..I hate myself for believing to those people na maganda talaga ang ROSARIO…mad gusto ko pa ang BALER>>>un talaga maganda…

  44. alam nyo strategy lng ng rosario yn ung gumawa ng issue para pagusapan sila at panoorin! alam kasi nila poor ang kita nila sobrang baba!

  45. the jurors should be aware now sa pagpili dahil mahusay na ang mga masa sa pagkilatis ng isang mahusay na pelikula at sila ang nanonood at wag masyadong focused ang mga jurors na diehard fanatics lalo na noon sa urian na syang nakakhiya sila kasi yungiba dyan giangmait ang diehard mentality sa isang artista … matuto na sila sa pagjudge kasi sila rin nakakahiya …yan lang kasi sila tinalga sila sa mga award giving bodies at yang graded A at b na yan ano ba tlga yan at ipaliwanag nila nghusto para di nakwestion dina ngkredibilidad ng isang jurors .. Ha !!! HA!! HA! KAYA ANG MENTALITY NA DIEHard isang tabi yan tingnan tlga ang husay at kabuuan ng isang pelikula …..rosario o ano pa …

  46. payo ko sa taga GMA at mga Kanguso:

    Wag kayong masyadong mayabang na kayo ang no. 1, kayo ang the best at kayo ang mayaman. Tingnan nyo, tatlo ang pelikula ng ABS. Kayo meron ngunit maraming kahati.Ang ABS ang unang nag produced ng 3D animation sa bansa. ang GMA meron ba? wala!! ang ABS laging nag take ng risk kumita man o hindi. Kayo gaya gaya na lang.

  47. Cge kayo nalang mg-juror next tym! // December 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm //

    Wow talaga! mas magaling pa pala kayo sa mga jurors eh mga experts yun cla. Kaya nga cla ginawa jurors kc expert cla sa ganyang field and ngayon sasabihin nyo na ndi kayo agree, ano ba naman.

  48. IMORTAL number 1 palagi sa amin teleserye of the decade ito Angel Locsin the real superstar she saved the primetime bida of abs-cbn sana ma extend ito go angel we loved you from whole visayas and mindanao we loved you

  49. @144 wow kinilabutan ako sa explanation mo kung gaano kagaling technically ang metanoia… galing papanoorin ko yan

  50. very well said! masyado kayo naka-focus sa drama, pero mas deserve p ng RPG ang best picture!

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