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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 11:53 pm //

    si skyline parang utak-ipis..

  2. dream on skyline dream on!!!

  3. “kung basura ang bansa mo, basurang tao ka rin! lol!”

    -tanga! e di basura ka rin. lol!

  4. thanks flo! madami talaga akong alam kesa sayo. palibhasa di mo maipagtanngol ng maayos yang entries ng idol mo kaya binabalahura mo yang mga comments mo. Mas ulol ka, pilisopo!

  5. let’s say binaliktad mo yang mga entries, at rosario ang napunta sa star at yung tanging ina naman sa cinemabuhay. Wouldn’t star cinema question the results to think that rosario was graded A by cinema evaluation board and that tanging ina did not receive any grade at all? Of course, it would. Diba ganun ang nangyari sa Kasal nung 2006 and if my memory serves me right, graded A din yun ng ceb. It’s so disappointing na hindi man lang na nominate sa best director at best actress sina albert and jen. I really hope pahalagahan ng ibang award giving bodies, locally and internationally, tong Rosario come 2011.

  6. palimos ng artista // December 28, 2010 at 11:41 pm //

    dami nyong alam! kayo nlang kaya mgartista!!! mga desperado!

  7. buhay sa pinas? lol! ano ka arabo? negro? pilipino ka rin ulol! kung basura ang bansa mo, basurang tao ka rin! lol!

  8. wow skyline! 2006? that was 4yrs ago! hahaha may starmometer na ba nun? kaloka ka! dami mong alam! pwde ka ng pangwikipedia! hahaha!

  9. LAST NA PALA NG TANGING INA,,,PAGBIGYAN NA..TULAD NGA NG SINABI NI AIAI SA THE BUZZ MATANDA NA SYA..

  10. lets say that the rules werent changed at all.
    still Rosario wont make it as the film of the year cuz maliit lang ung gross nito. d ba, kasali ung box office gross sa criteria before? but now, its not. So, thats y, nka 2nd best picture ung rosario.

    just watched ang tanging ina. aiai was amazing. but, i still have to watch rosario. wanna know, how jenelyn did in the movie. peace out guys. bukas, dalaw nanaman panunuurin ko.

  11. palibhasa mga supporters kayo ng star cinema. Pero nung natalo yung “kasal” sa “enteng 3” para sa best picture nung 2006 eh todo himutok din kayo sa mmff jurors! diba nung inaccept pa nga ni malou yung trophy para sa 2nd best picture eh dun pa nya mismo sinabi yung disappointment nya sa stage. at least the producers of rosario are discreet enough to not sourgrape in front of the audience. Hay buhay talaga sa pinas, pati awards nabibili… MMFF Gabi ng Parangal is the worst and most corrupt award giving body in philippine movie making! tsk tsk!

  12. DESERVING SI MS. AIAI DELAS ALAS MAGING BEST ACTRESS… FOR ME, ANG HIRAP UMARTE NA MAGKAHALO ANG DRAMA AT COMEDY, THAT’S WHY I SALUTE MS. DELAS ALAS.

    NAGTATAKA DIN AKO SA MGA NOMINATED.. PARANG DI ATA DESERVING MAGING TOP 3 NOMINEES SILA. DI KO NAMAN SINASABI NA DI SILA MAGAGALING SA KANILANG MOVIES. BUT WHAT I MEAN, MAY IBA PANG ACTRESS ANG MAS DESERVING NA MANOMINATE LIKE JENNELYN MERCADO AND KRIS AQUINO.

    LETS MOVE ON.. TAPOS NA MMFF AWARDS NIGHT. RESULTS WERE ALREADY ANNOUNCED.
    ANUMANG ISSUE NA NANGYARI IN THIS FILMFEST SIGURO DAPAT IWANAN NA NATIN NGAYONG 2010.

  13. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario. // December 28, 2010 at 11:03 pm //

    oo nga, d nila kasi matanggap na comedy ay tinalo ang drama..

    mahirap bang intindihin yun?

    utak-ipis tlga.

  14. AGB-GMEwww PARTNERSHIP :) // December 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm //

    Maxado pinapalaki issue…

    About sa Best Picture:

    Kung hnd DRAMA, di na pwede manalo award?
    Eh di sana puro DRAMA na lang entries…

    About sa Best Actress:

    Kung c marian at carla din lang kalaban, kay AiAi nako, BOX OFFICE QUEEN PA!

  15. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario. // December 28, 2010 at 10:57 pm //

    hindi naman ganun kaganda nung rosario..

  16. grabenaman. // December 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm //

    GRABE MGA TAO DITO.kung makapanglait..kayo kaya gumawa ng movie na ang theme e way back 1920’s pa..ang hirap kaya nun..na execute kase ng maganda ni aiai yun kase isa din syang ina..tas si jen di man lang nanominate sa top 3 best actress.

  17. GME FILMS...wlang budget low quality..always co produced..wlang budget si GOZON // December 28, 2010 at 10:46 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

  18. 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 10:46 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

  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??

    WLANG PERA ANG MGA FANS NI MARIAN..

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

    yan ang tanong teh? ok

  20. grabenaman. // December 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm //

    GRABE MGA TAO DITO.kung makapanglait..kayo kaya gumawa ng movie na ang theme e way back 1920’s pa..ang hirap kaya nun..na execute kase ng maganda ni aiai yun kase isa din syang ina..

  21. 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

  22. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario. // December 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm //

    yung story ng rosario, maganda.

    but the leading actress? the production crew?

    well, pang amateur..

  23. Cristy fermin // December 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm //

    Tinataya ko ang dignidad ko! Rosario ang best picture, parang awa nyo na panuorin nyo ang rosario, di pa po nakaka 5M ang kita,bka po magsara ang tv5

  24. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario. // December 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm //

    i’ve watch all the movies.

    the thing i don’t like is the way they didn’t accept the result in awards.

  25. bakit ikaw napanuod mo na?!

  26. QUESTIONABLE TALAGA…IMAGINE CARLA ABELLANA AND MARIAN RIVERA NOMINATED FOR BEST ACTRESS???
    ACTRESS BA SILA…ACTRESS ACTRESSAN MANA PA…

  27. napaka obvious na may hokus pokus sa mmff carla and marian nominated insteed of jen’s portrayal of rosario haleerrrrrrrr masyado mandadaya din lng halata pa.

  28. hinde eto laban ni cristy fermin or alex g. maganda ang rosario manood muna kayo bago nyo okrayin ng walang basehan… lahat ng nang ookray sa rosario karamihan d napanood yung movie.

  29. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario. // December 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm //

    nasa pateros lang kaya siya..

    siguro may mmff sa ibang bansa..

  30. wow anonymous! ur full of $h!t! how were you able to watch the movie e ur not in the country pala! haha!!! caught up in ur own crap? wat a douche! UR DREAMING love!!!

  31. @ no. 133

    anong bulag bulagan….toinks..anong magagawa namin kung hindi naman talaga maganda ung movie…kahit anong gawin ko..kulang talaga sa arte at hindi de kalidad na pelikula ung pinanood ko..sinayang lang ng Rosario ung pera ko na dapat para sa DAlaw…tskk..tsk // I hate myself …naniwala pa kc aq sa mga taong nagsasabi d2 na maganda DAW ung Rosario.

  32. hahaha! someone here is having a delusion of grandeur! ehheemmanonymousehheemm! drama mo! u are most certainly deserving of an award! bravo!! bravo!!!

  33. @217..hehe..pateros?cge kaw bahala.wherever you wish! 🙂

  34. alex g - Kahit Sinong Amateur na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 9:26 pm //

    hehe, d2 ka lang sa pateros…

  35. @210 ijl

    I think Rosario deserves the Best Picture in the MMFF. When you are awarded best cinematography, it only follows that you have a good story line and score.Very well-crafted to even remaking Escolta in the 20′s, a hollywood-quality film.
    ______________

    NO, It doesn’t deserve the BEST PICTURE award..A Hollywood-quality film??????
    cmon r u really a movigoer…Rosario is FAR FAR away to Hollywood Films..the quality of the film..sucks..I’m very disapointed when I watched it, I thought it would like BALer or Ploning, but I was wrong…

  36. pag pala ngsabi ka kung ano yung opinyon mo,ibig sabihin may pinagtatanggol ka na..dahil hindi kayo pareho ng gusto at magkaiba kayo ng pananaw eh paaalisin ka na at tatanggalan ka na ng karapatan to voice out!..so ako ba ang galit dahil wrong grammar o ikaw kc mgkaiba tayo ng pananaw?..nwei,cge makaalis na nga.hehe.care ko wala nmn ako sa pinas eh.waaaaaaaaaahehehe

  37. alex g - Kahit Sinong Amateur na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 9:14 pm //

    gumawa rin kaya ng tv5 ng dalaw, rpg metanoia, tanging ina?

    siguradong magdurugo ang utak nila..

  38. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 9:12 pm //

    hindi pinag-isipan ang rosario..

  39. I think Rosario deserves the Best Picture in the MMFF. When you are awarded best cinematography, it only follows that you have a good story line and score.Very well-crafted to even remaking Escolta in the 20’s, a hollywood-quality film. Box-office?,, give it to Bossing and Agimat but the recognition give it to the deserving people, saddens me because no one will have the guts to make another one in the future because it was really disappointing.

  40. to anonymous: magkano ba binayad syo para ipagtanggol yang pangit na movie na yan! tsk! tama!! move on! tpos na e! natalo na sila okei?! hihihihihi

  41. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 9:04 pm //

    grabeh, bayaran ng rosario yan kasi wrong grammar..

  42. TAPOS NA … MOVE ON …

  43. palimos ng artista // December 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm //

    galit? kasi wrong grammar? ano ba yan! umalis ka nga dito!

  44. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 9:01 pm //

    dapat maging matalino ang gumawa ng rosario..

    hindi kasi pinag-isipan.

  45. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 8:58 pm //

    d hamak naman na mas magaganda ang mga indi films..

  46. alex g - In Short, Kahit Sinong Amatuer na Artist at Director, Kayang-Kayang Gawin ang Rosario.. // December 28, 2010 at 8:56 pm //

    hayzzz

  47. sorry nman pati pla dito may editorial staff..may taga check ng grammar eh.hahaha.galing nmn! clap!clap!

    suggestion: wla kasing disclaimer na bawal ang di tama ang grammar, ang nkalagay is freedom of speech and expression sa disclaimer di ba?pagging mr./ms. blogger,paki edit din po disclaimer below please…………..

  48. There are many “mamaw”-looking actors in the movie due to bad hair and makeup. Jennylyn’s hair is so stiff it remind you of Lego.
    They could’ve benefitted from stylists who do research, wardrobe consultants who know costume history, and Mich Dulce millinery.
    Look out for a ghoulish Rita Avila and ghostly Ara Mina who could’ve played lead in a remake of “Huwag Mong Buhayin Ang Bangkay.”-chuvaness

  49. The night before I heard bad reviews about it, so I had very low expectations.
    While movie does fail within the first 30 minutes—all due to bad hair, bad styling, bad wardrobe, bad hats and bad facial hair—everything basically improves after Philip Salvador dies.
    Philip Salvador is miscast as Rosario’s father—with a very distracting dollar-store mustache that had a life of its own.-chuvaness

  50. Masyadong questionable
    talaga ang pagka nominate
    nila carla at marian for best
    actress. Poor ladies.

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