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MMFF 2014 – ‘Bonifacio’ and ‘English Only Please’ Dominate the Awards

MMFF 2014 Awards Night proved to be 'unbiased' this year as the deserving films, regardless of their box office performance, emerged as the big winners. Underdogs "Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo" and "English Only Please" lead this year's honorees.

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It looks like there’s no controversy happening from this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival as all the winners are deemed deserving of their trophies. Unlike in previous years where box office performance of the films has a factor in winning the awards, this year, the underdogs emerged victorious.

Historical drama “Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo” was named Best Picture followed by the only romantic-comedy entry this year–“English Only Please”–as 2nd Best Film. “Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles” was deserving too, of its 3rd Best Film award by virtue of the rave reviews it received from critics.

I also agree that the Best Actor plum went to Derek Ramsay and the Best Actress trophy went to Jennylyn Mercado.

Here is the complete list of winners at the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival:

Best Film:
‘Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo’

2nd Best Film:
‘English Only, Please’

3rd Best Film:
‘Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles’

Best Actress:
Jennylyn Mercado ‘English Only, Please’

Best Actor:
Derek Ramsay, ‘English Only, Please’

Best Director:
Dan Villegas, ‘English Only, Please’

Best Supporting Actress:
Lotlot De Leon, Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles

Best Supporting Actor:
Joey Marquez, Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles

Best Child Performer:
Ryzza Mae Dizon, My Big Bossing

Best Original Story:
‘English Only, Please’

Best Screenplay:
‘English Only, Please’

Best Editing:
Marya Ignacio, English Only, Please

Best Cinematography:
Carlo Mendoza, Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo

Best Float:
Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo

Youth Choice Award:
Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo

Best Festival Sound Engineering:
Wild Sound, Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo

Best Musical Score:
Von De Guzman, Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo

Best Original Theme Song:
Bonifacio, Ang Unang Pangulo

Best Make Up: Kubot:
Aswang Chronicles 2

Best Visual Effects:
Mothership Inc., Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2

Best Production Design:
Ericson Navarro, Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2

MMFF 2014 Winners – New Wave Category:

New Wave Special Jury Prize (shorts):
“Kalaw” by Asia Pacific Institute

New Wave Best Actor:
Allen Dizon for “Maratabat”

New Wave Best Supporting Actor:
Kristopher King for “Maratabat”

New Wave Best Supporting Actress:
Gloria Sevilla for “Mother’s Maiden Name”

New Wave Best Actress:
Zsa Zsa Padilla for “Mother’s Maiden Name”

New Wave Best Director:
Jason Paul Laxamana for “Magkakabaung”

New Wave Special Jury Prize:
“Mother’s Maiden Name”

New Wave Best Picture:
“Magkakabaung” by Jason Paul Laxamana

Special Awards:

Face of the Night:
Nadine Lustre

35 Comments on MMFF 2014 – ‘Bonifacio’ and ‘English Only Please’ Dominate the Awards

  1. undicided :D // January 3, 2015 at 11:33 am //

    grabe naman ang Bonifacio: ang unang pangulo at ang English only please hinakot ang mga awards this year. Honestly mga trailers lang nila napanood ko, and I thought ang mag stand out ay yung amazing Braybeyt at feng shui 2 yun bala hindi. nakaka shock nga ee . kc solid #kapamilya ako ee. pero tama naman yung sinasabi nila ee, na hindi lahat umuikot sa isang bagay lamang, ika nga “everything will change” 🙂

  2. Congrats Nadine Lustre 🙂
    #JaDine

  3. super gamda ng english only please laftrip lahat ng tao nun nanuod kmi kagbi..

  4. Ito yung mga panoorin nyo, yung may parangal, hindi yung nakakatawa lng, maganda na, at yung walang matututunang maganda lalo na sa mga bata (e.g. Praybeyt Benjamin)! At tsaka ikaw, Direk Wenn, ayusin mo naman sa pagdidirek, pang-brainless (lalo na ang Moron 5 mo, pang-moron talaga)! Pasalamat ka kay Vice, siya ang nagdadala sa yo sa mga basura mong palabas! By the way, congrats sa mga nanalong palabas , well-deserving silang manalo, at panoorin.

  5. common sense // December 29, 2014 at 5:01 pm //

    Halerr hindi sa padamihan ng nanood ang mga awards. Kaya nga may separate. Blockbuster award diba? May mga professional critics yan. Lol

  6. Nanananana // December 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm //

    Face Of The Night: Nadine Lustre!!!!!!!!!!!! Ganda mo talaga!!!! Love ya!!!!

  7. That’s how we act not as true Filipinos.As we compare pinoy nuon at pinoy ngayon is ibang-iba. We are always go for sikat and magaling. We just dont really understand tunay na magaling. Even politician we go for sikat,popular and so on and so fort. What happen our country now? People just simply over reacting without fully knowing/understand whats really happening.

    I am not with, abs,gma nor tv5 or tv personalities from them.
    Tunay na magaling ay nasa puso yun at tamang pag.isip..Kaya i salute all the judges for MMFF,you done a great job and great decisions.
    Payo ko lang sa lahat na bumabasa,before leaving a word to someone, just think it over baka babalik sa inyong mga sarili ang ibinato ninyo sa iba..

  8. Mabuti naman at tama ang verdict ng juries. Bonifacio at English Only talaga ang pinakamaganda sa festival. Pero feeling ko mas deserve ni Robin ang Best Actor award kaysa kay Derek. Jennylyn deserves the win than any other actress nominated.

  9. congrats Bebe deej <3 at kuya Robs and also tito Rommel and Hahahahahahaha si Nadinr Panga Face of the night ??? Hahaha ginayuma ata judges tsaka nabulag ata hahahahahaha hindi nmn talaga maganda si Nadine no ! So jawful hahaha laftrep men XD patawa yun

  10. Yun na nga. Hindi tayo ang nagdidikta sa iba at hindi rin naman tayo ang nagbibigay ng pera sa kanila. Kaya siguro hindi umuunlad ang Pilipinas kasi hindi tayo mapanuri at nag-iisip muna. Hay!! You won’t get me!

  11. Wla kayo maggwa..syempre my knya kanya tayong taste mga tao ng gus2 ntin panuorin pelikula sa sinehan..at wla kayo karapatan pkialaman at diktahan ang bawat isa sa atin kung anu ang dapat ntin panuorin pelikula ngaun…eh anu ngaun kung ngsayang cla ng pera sa movie na sa tingin nyo ay hindi mganda…bkit kau ba ngbibigay sa knila ng pera para manuod ng sine?esep esep din pg may time mga kapupu…

  12. Galing ni ate nadz :* congrats teh Nadya!!! <3

  13. in my opinion ito yung ranking ng movies accdg to quality and plot.

    Bonifacio
    English Only Please
    Muslim Magnum
    Kubot
    Feng Shui 2
    SRR
    Praybeyt Benjamin 2
    My Big Bossings

  14. KUNG SINASABING PINAGBIGYAN LANG ANG BONIFACIO AT ENGLISH ONLY, HUWAW NAMAN SA INYO! TRY NIYO KAYANG PANOORIN LAHAT NG ENTRIES. SABAGAY GANYAN NAMAN TAYONG MGA PILIPINO, HINDI TAYO MAPANURI SA ATING MGA GINAGASTOS. BASTA MASABING NASA TREND TAYO AT SIKAT, DUN NA NATIN PAGTUTUUSAN ANG GASTUSIN NATIN.

    KAYA IKAW, KUNG GAGASTOS KA NA RIN LANG SA SINEHAN, SIGURADUHIN MONG YUNG MAY MAKABULUHAN. AT AYAN NILABAS NA ANG HUSGA NG MGA HURADO SA MMFF, PILIIN MO NA ANG MAGANDA AT WORTH IT PANOORIN.

  15. Best MMFF Awards yet // December 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm //

    I already watched Praybeyt Benjamin, Kubot, Bonifacio, Feng Shui 2, English Only Please, and My Big Bossings. And of all the movies I watched, Bonifacio and English Only, Please really standout. Hindi man kumikita ang dalawang pelikula, ito namang dalawang iang may pinaka-may kwenta at pinakamagaling.

    Feng Shui 2, Praybeyt Benjamin, and My Big Bossings may have the biggest revenues for the festival, but these three films lack substance that a film must contain. Kumbaga hindi maganda yung plot ng story o di kaya’y pinilit ang storya para lang may ma-submit na entry upang makakita ng malaking pera.

    Tama lang na tinanggal ni Chairman Tolentino ang box office revenues dahil hindi naman masusukat ang kagandahan ng isang pelikula dahil lamang sa perang kinikita.

    Kaya sa mga manonood pa lamang ng MMFF movies, suriin niyo muna kung anong pelikula ba ang worth-consuming. Yung pelikulang maalala mo kahit nasa bahay ka na at hindi yung pelikulang magbibigay nga ng katatawanan at katatakutan sa iyo, pero hanggang sa sinehan lang.

  16. NOW, ANG TATLO DI NAGSUBMIT NG ENTRY FOR BEST—- TO GIVE WAY SA MGA NEW NOMINEES..HINDI YUN DAHIL SA KADAHILANANG HINDI MAGANDA AT QUALITY ANG FILM NILA…—–can’t help but laugh to this comment…ano itong award giving body ” submit your entries and you will win by drawing by lot?” sometimes people giving comments that are so pathetic…but what can we do, this is a free country…so I am free to laugh out loud..

  17. Just my two cent…those films they regard as ” Flop” but are of good quality have a luckluster office because their filmakers are not making any ad about it. I know a lot of people who watched Vice or Kris movie because every minute you can find their pluggings on tv. Awards are not pampalubag loob..com’n guys sino ang gusto nyong mging best actress? si kris? her facial expressions are kinda the same in all scenes and the way she screams irritate me a lot…The winners are well deserved. For those who question the winners, why not watch their movie and be the better judge before you say anything…hindi kayu binabayaran ng network na yan bat kayu parang lageng galit…let us show to these filmmakers who make “pangit” films and rely much on the name of the stars to make money that wait- we need more than what we deserve” good and quality fims”.

  18. Dela Rosa Ralfred // December 28, 2014 at 11:55 am //

    Congrats Nadine Lustre <3

  19. Kung sa private benjamin at fengshui….npapnta ang mga award..eh di lalu naitsapuwera ang mga flop na movie na yan…kasi kya sa knila ang madami award ng mapansin nman ng mga tao sa sinehan…kasi halos karamihan sa mga nanunuod ng sine..eh private benjamin at feng shui at big bossing ang pinipilahan sa mga sinehan at pinapanuod..

  20. Sige nga mga kapupu panoorin nyo nga yang nanalo ng awards….para kumita naman….kase lagpas na sa kita ang films ng star cinema

  21. Ranielle Gaudi // December 28, 2014 at 11:06 am //

    It’s not about network war nor the popularity of the artists. It’s not even about the quantity or paramihan ng moviegoers, or fans.
    Best picture means best quality film, kompletos rekados, ika nga. It comprises the whole story, the plot, etc This also goes to the other major and minor awards, where the acting prowess, the execution of each film, screenplay, its impact to the audience. I’m glad the jurors or the award-giving body have come to realize that. For me, all MMFF ’14 winners were all deserving!

  22. IWASTO NATIN YUN….FENGSHUI, PRIVATE BENJMN AND MY BOSSING WASN’T INCLUDED SA AWARDS KASI THEY WERE AWARDED IN PREVIOUS YEAR NA SILA ANG HUMAKOT..SO NOW, ANG TATLO DI NAGSUBMIT NG ENTRY FOR BEST—- TO GIVE WAY SA MGA NEW NOMINEES..HINDI YUN DAHIL SA KADAHILANANG HINDI MAGANDA AT QUALITY ANG FILM NILA…..

  23. Maka-comment lng // December 28, 2014 at 10:48 am //

    Galing ng movie na Bonifacio andun kasi si DJ 😀 Face of the night nadine lustre ? Ge push! XD

  24. Congrats sa lahat! ohmygad! congrats also Nadine Lustre yehey!

  25. dun na ako sa di man masyado tumabo sa takilya..over naman sa quality.Hindi basura..it only shows lang talaga na basura ang kinakain ng taga DOS.only in the Philippines.ayan tayo 3rd word country e dahil sa mga utak ampaw ng tags dos

  26. mga tanga magsinuod na lang kayo // December 28, 2014 at 9:38 am //

    Kesa dito kayo nagkukudaan eh tumulong na lang kayo sa pagunlad ng movie industry natin. Network wars pa rin laman ng cheap nyong pag iisip. Pwe!!!

  27. Wawa mga uhaw sa award….di matanggap ang pagiging box office hits ng THE AMAZING PRIVATE BENJAMIN 2 at ng FENG SHUI na parehas produce ng Abscbn….eh ung mga award na yan pampalubag loob lng sa mga Flopsinang Movie ng artist nla…di man lng pinipilahan…

  28. Paano magiging wawa ang abs..eh magkasunod na tumatabo sa takilya ang mga movie nla…aanhin mo ang mga award award na yan kung flopsina nman ang mga movie nyo…hahahaha..

  29. even sa nomination nahirapan ang Praybeyt so to too ang mga comment na pangit ang Praybeyt? at over Hyped na nman? ang Fans pa naman ng taga DOS mahilig sa basura at overhyped hahahah hnggang kaya ng utak nila..Good luck sa basura ninyong Movie.it only shows na no quality talaga ang gusto ng fans ng DOS.quantity over quality.utak ampaw lang ang may gusto nyan..and so true utak ampaw lahat ng Fans ng Dos

  30. Bawawawaha..kwawa nman ang mga artista sa abs cbn..walang mga awards ni nomination mn lang.eh kxi lahat oa….ABS CBN..artists and movies is 1000 percent FLOP..GOOD for them..bewawawa…nga nga ang praybyet benjakol no…bwawawa eh kxi puro ka chakahan lang…Magagaling tlga ang mga artista sa GMA 7..at mmganda din ang mga story ng film nla..kya deserving sla mnalo
    .at hgit sa lahat gmas actor and actresses ay mga magagaling ….kaya congarats mga #kapuso

  31. FOOD for Thought sa iyo Juday

    sa kanila na ang awards …. sa ABS naman ang pera.

    Marami nang awards ang ABS CBN long before Jennylyn or Derek have their first awards. Di ba dapat noon pa … ang tagal na nilang artista, ngayon lang narecognized. Katulad ni Dingdong kung hindi nagkapeleikula sa ABS CBN, hindi nabibiyaan ng award. Sa tagal ni Dingdong sa GMA ni isa walang award.

  32. at bakit wawa ABS? The ABS CBN execs must be grinning ear to ear by now dahil unsurpassed ang kinita ng 2 nilang pelikula.

    baka wawa juday. sa totoo lang juday happy ka ba ngayong PASKO?

  33. wawa ABS… 😀

  34. Kasi wala ang nag iisang Little Superstar na si Lyca Gairanod dapat nakasama sa mga pelikula ng MMFF 2014 di masaya ang Festival dahil nandian ang nag iisang Little Superstar ng Bansa,huh!

  35. LangKokontra o_O // December 28, 2014 at 12:09 am //

    THIS IS THE WORST MMFF AWARDS NIGHT EVER!!!
    UNFAIR NAMAN DUN SA IBANG MOVIES NA MALAKI ANG GINASTOS TAPOS IISA O DADALAWANG PELIKULA LANG ANG MAY NAKUKUHANG AWARDS!
    AT KUNG ANO PANG MOVIES ANG MABABA ANG KITA SILA PA ANG NAKAHAKOT NG MGA AWARDS.SO UNFAIR!!!

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