‘Parade of Stars’ kicks off film fest


FILM FEST PARADE Superstar Nora Aunor, who stars in “Thy Womb,” waves to fans during the Metro Manila Film Festival Parade of Stars. RICHARD A. REYES

For celebrities, there’s nothing quite as exciting as being on a float and seeing a sea of fans wanting to catch a glimpse of them.

That’s why the annual “Parade of Stars” that kicks off the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)—now in its 38th year—is an event show biz neophytes aspire to be a part of, and a tradition for seasoned actors and actresses.

On a sweltering Sunday afternoon, eight eye-catching floats representing eight competing entries delighted the fans who lined the parade route, which started at  Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park and ended at SM Mall of Asia.

Despite the ominous clouds, the participants were generally upbeat, such as “Sosy Problems” star Bianca King, who was dressed comfortably in a pink tank top and shorts.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all the beautiful faces in the parade. I don’t mind if it rains or if it gets hot,” she said.

But the skies turned sunny. Smiling, the stars blew kisses, threw goodies and waved at some 300,000 people as the motorcade moved on.

Singer and former child actor Makisig Morales of “Shake Rattle and Roll XIV” said being in the parade was a dream come true. “Not a lot of actors get a chance,” he said.

Actress Mercedes Cabral of the indie drama “Thy Womb” was likewise excited about her first time joining the parade. She said the event reminded her of her college days in the University of the Philippines Diliman, where she used to help create floats for the yearly Lantern Parade.

“The Strangers” star Janice de Belen isn’t exactly new to joining the MMFF. The Kapamilya actress, who’s also in “Shake Rattle and Roll XIV,” said she couldn’t remember if she had actually ridden on a parade float before.

“This is a whole new experience for me, and I’m quite nervous!” she exclaimed.

‘A great feeling’

For veterans, the festivities have become an indelible part of their careers.

Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., a star in  the fantasy-adventure flick “Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Si Ako,” said in an earlier interview: “As a celebrity, it’s my job to entertain and make people happy. Seeing the fans is such a great feeling.”

It’s been 15 years since Nora Aunor joined the festivities and the Superstar was excited to be once again part of the celebrations. She told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that “I’m happy that we were able to get in.”

Aunor holds the record for the most MMFF best actress wins with seven. This year, critics are touting the 59-year-old actress as the one to beat for her performance in the indie drama “Thy Womb,” which already has won for her acting trophies at the Venice Film Festival and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

8 floats

Dressed in traditional Badjao clothing, Aunor, “Thy Womb” director Brillante Mendoza and costar Cabral were aboard an oversized replica of a lepa, a Badjao boathouse.

They were joined on by mock rowers and dancers, who regaled the people with Badjao dances. Fans chanted “Nora! Nora!” as she ascended the float.

The float of “Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Si Ako”—reportedly worth P1 million—carried Vic Sotto, who sported a warrior costume. A monster octopus was prominently featured at the front of the float, while its sides were decked with colorful wild flowers and plants. Revilla and Judy Ann Santos joined Sotto on the float later.

Ai Ai de las Alas, Kris Aquino and Vice Ganda led the cast of “Sisterakas” on a bright and loud float adorned with photo cutouts of lipsticks, diamonds and perfume bottles.

The float of “The Strangers” was a simple red and black rectangular vessel. On it were Enchong Dee, Julia Montes, Enrique Gil and JM de Guzman.

Rose petals

Faux rose petals were sprinkled on the sides of the float of the drama “One More Try.” Angel Locsin, Zanjoe Marudo and Dingdong Dantes waved as the float inched slowly.

The fully costumed cast of “El Presidente” was led by  Jeorge “ER” Estregan, Cristine Reyes, Christopher de Leon, Cesar Montano and Baron Geisler. Their float had a replica of Emilio Aguinaldo mounted on a horse.

The orange and black float of “Shake, Rattle and Roll XIV” featured an ominous-looking insect. On it were Dennis Trillo, De Belen, AJ Dee, Eula Caballero, Mart Escudero and Albie Casiño.

The 38th MMFF runs from Dec. 25 to Jan. 8, 2013.

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  • noyab

    ang babaw talaga ng pinoy….maibabalik ba ng mga nasira, nawala ng isang parada lamang? o patunay lamang ito na patuloy pa rin ang exploitation sa ga masang pinoy ng mga artista kuno…..ang layo at ang taas na ng level na narating sa atin ng ibang bansa like Korea (PSY) when it comes to entertainment…

    • Marlou Wang

      sobra naman liit tingin mo sa sarili… banggit ka nga pelikula galing south korea ng nanalo ng international award sa pelikula? WALA! ni isa… happy ka na?

      • Noel Sablan Guiao

        tama ka dyan marlou wang sobra sila manlait siguro mgagaling sila 

      • akimaxx

        PIETA, from South Korea, a gory thriller movie won the following:

        Golden Lion’s Prize- Best Film, 2012 Venice Film Festival
        Satellite Awards in Los Angeles- Best Foreign Film, Dec. 18, 2012
        Blue Dragon Awards- Film of the Year,  early Dec. 2012

        In Asia, South Korea and Japan are our top rivals in film making. Update yourself. Hanggang hindi tayo matututo na gumawa ng de-kalidad na pelikula
        hindi tayo makakahabol sa dalawang bansa. Huwag tankilikin ang mga ‘basurang’ pelikula.

      • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        it’s only a movie. what is your problem? pag wala akong magawa nanonood ako ng dolphy o FPJ. saksak mo blue dragon mo sa 

      • akimaxx

        Read again Marlou Wang’s blog. I just updated her comment. Ayusin mo ang sagot mo, hindi tayo uunlad nyan. Wala akong paki-alam kung si FPJ at Dolphy ang paborito mo, hindi sila kasali
        sa MMFF. Ang MMFF ay hindi festival ng old films.

      • selinaKyle2012

        Pieta was beaten by Thy Womb during the Asia Pacific Screen Awards twice! Best Actress and Best Director (Nora and Dante). At the Venice Film Festival, Pieta won the Best Film but the Critics Award for Best Actress went again to Thy Womb (Nora Aunor). I am looking forward to watching Pieta also but I can tell you, Thy Womb is so spellbinding, no wonder Nora Aunor defeated the Pieta actress twice already.

      • akimaxx

        Yes, thanks for adding more info. Basically, I wanted to respond to Wang’s comment that South Korea had not won any award. South Korea is a very close rival to our filmmakers. I’m not siding with them, I still want our film artists to strive more and win.  I strongly believe that we can do it.

      • selinaKyle2012

         Actually, I am a Filipino and I love every Filipino who competes abroad in any field — from beauty pageants to sports to films. But I have to concede that Korea is well ahead of us in terms of global recognition on films. Agree with you @akimaxx:twitter that Wang’s claim needs some fine tuning because the leaders in filmmaking right now in Asia are Japan, Korea and China (Taiwan/Hongkong). Old Boy and Madeo have long wowed critics worldwide prior to the ascendancy of Brillante Mendoza. But I love the fighting spirit of Pinoys. With Bwakaw and Thy Womb we are able to make a mark on the film festival circuit this year and we have a great future with the likes of Brillante and another genius Lav Diaz. We should also be thankful we still have Nora Aunor around because — and detractors of the Superstar should take note of this — that despite Nora’s personal problems, she is still trying all her best to create portrayals that we can truly call Filipino. Because only when we represent our race distinctly can we make a splash in the international film festival circuits.

    • Ma Lourdes Macuno

      PSY song is basura din … I do not like the lyrics toooo violent …

    • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      do you even understand what gangnam style means? it’s a silly, fun little song like otso otso with very little meaning other than a guy poking fun at the rich life (much like us in other words). the reason our stuff is not popular (in spite of it being very good at times is because of cavemen like you who only appreciate something if its not from around here).

  • Klepto

    Maganda sana kung nakahubad ang mga artista habang nagpaparada at mag orgy habang nakasakay sa mga floats.

  • Krizz Ibarra

    a celebration of mediocrity, low quality and poor taste.

    • sanjuan683

      hehehehe gusto mo pa yata yun mga imported na american films yun ginagastusan ng million dollar hahahaha yun may mga barilan at mga pampasabog hahahahahaha Aber tignan mo ang nangyari sa Connecticut USA dahil sa kapapanood ng isang teenager ng mga violent films yun mga sumasabog at barilan. O hayan namaril ng isang ina, teachers, adults at mga kindergarden pupils. Ginaya yun walang habas na pamamaril baril dito  baril duon dami namatay sana nasama ka na dun. Mga high quality films yun ha, aba dito na ako sa low quality and poor taste wala naman nabaril o naperhuwisyo. Nasiyahan pa ako walang disgrasya.

      • Krizz Ibarra

        i rest my case. thank you for your validation

  • Jabba

    Mga basurang pelikula na ginawa ng isang buwan. Tapos sisingil sa takilya ng 150 pesos. Pweh!!!

    • sanjuan683

      Antayan mo maging 60yrs old, libre ka na dahil senior citizen ka na. Kuripot at barat ka wala negosyo kapag ganyan ang katwiran mo.

  • Marshall

    ano kaya sakit ni Nora at ayaw maligo ..o takot lang talaga sa tubig..Pasko na sana maligo na siya mura lang saka magsepilyo rin sana siya…

    • Ma Lourdes Macuno

      Ikaw siguro ang may sakit sa utak Marshall ! magpatingin ka sa Dr.

    • sanjuan683

      Paamoy nga ng hininga mo? hhhhuuuuummmmm ang baho naman amoy imburnal palinis mo nga sa MMDA puede ba? Baka daming mo tooth decay.

    • John Cruz

      Only an uneducated person would say this. 

    • Bayawak

      ang bantot ng ugali mo ay kasing sama ng mukha at utak mo! Pasko na, magbago ka na bago ka kunin ka (na sana) ni Lord! you have a hateful heart! bakit ang itim ng budhi mo? were you molested by your father or a relative when you were young? 

  • Bayawak

    Nora represents the masang Pilipino…is that how you see the Filipino people? Hindi naliligo at hindi nagsesipilyo? Ang babaw naman ng pagkilala mo kay Nora and to some degree to the Filipino people! Bago ka magsalita tumingin ka muna sa sarili mo dahil parang ang pamantayan mo ay kung maputi ay malinis tingnan! Utak-alipin ka pa rin ng mga banyagang sumakop sa atin at hindi ka pa rin nakakawala sa anino ng mga kadugo mong mapanghamak sa mga Pilipino na hindi mapuputi. Nasabi ko ito dahil ano ang batayan mo para sabihin na hindi naliligo si Nora o nagsesepilyo? Is this factual? If not, shut your frigging filthy mouth and uncouth Marshall! Creatures like you should not be allowed to live in the Phillippines kundi doon sa bansa at mga kapwa mo na maipagmamalaki mo. Tingnan ko lang kung saan ka pupulutin! Why don’t you self-deport yourself to other countries just to perpetuate your delusion as better than other Filipinos?!

    • Ma Lourdes Macuno

      Di siguro niya alam na mga morenang beauty ang naging Ms. Phils, at yun ang mga magandang Pinay… Di niya rin alam na gusto ng mga taga ibang bansa ang black beauty. Yung mga puti nga nagpa tan para lang tingnan na black/brown.

      • sanjuan683

        heheheheh totoo mapuputi nga sila habang nilalapitan mo puro pekas nagkalat sa buong katawan akala mo tuloy galis aso at pati dede nila puro pekas din pangit. Iba ang beauty ng Pinay pantay ang kinis.

    • sanjuan683

      hehehehe akala siguro kumo maputi ay malinis baho ng puwit ng mga mapuputi amerikana. Bakit kamo hindi naghuhugas naspu naspu lang ng tissue di tulad ng pinoy at pinay malinis naghuhugas ng wetpu. Natira ako sa US hindi sila gumagamit ng tabo panghugas di tulad ng  nakagisnan ng mga pinoy hugas at sabong wetpu kaya malinis.

      • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

        we actually bathe more than caucasians. tropical country. how do u know her hygienic habits by the way? are you stalking her? 

  • Jose_Mercado

    It’s money making season again for these ruthless producers. No competion on their low budget sloppy movies. Why many Filipinos still watch films like Enteng, Shake Rattle is beyond comprehension. Today’s new cheap technologies in film making means it doesnt cost much to create high quality films. By watching the trailers of some of these idiot films to be shown in MMFF, you can easily see that most of the money spent on these trashy movies were for the actors fee. Most of it don’t even have a storyline, just patches combined together, same as last year and years before that.
    I suggest now is the time and in the coming years to encourage all Pinoys to boycott the MMF  to break this monopoly of feeding of garbage films during Christmas season. The government should look into this Mafiosi style of conivance between producers and movie theaters owners. Let them know & feel that Pinoys are inteligent viewers who deserve good quality movies. We deserve more for our money!

    • Bayawak

      Jose Mercado (Rizal?), I wholeheartedly agree with you. It is indeed a sad and frustrating prognosis of our society where the junk/trash is being marketed as gold to our poor fellow countrymen all in the name of the mighty return of investment. Junk movies just like junk foods and other junk products are being peddled to the mass consumer hyped by media frenzy created by the marketing arm of such scrupulous movie producers to the detriment of the poor and captive consumers! Woe to them for polluting the Filipino mind, culture and quality/standards of which our movies are being judged by other countries esp. during competitions. Afterall, our movies as another form of art is representative of our country and such, mirrors our society. As it is, art is the soul of a country. Filipino people should, nay, must make a stand against this vultures to send a very strong message that says enough of junk movies esp. on Christmas celebration of MMFF! Filipinos should spend their hard earned money and get their money’s worth by supporting quality movies like Thy Womb and El Presidente. Enough of this junk franchise movies of Mother, Vic, Bong and others!

  • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

    duplicate post. apologies moderator pakibura ito. thx

  • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

    anong mataas na level pala pinagsasabi mo? manood ka ng y a o i at h e n t a i, tapos balik ka dito uli at mag comment. thanks.

  • selinaKyle2012

    We just have to be thankful that Thy Womb was included in the MMFF otherwise walang mapapanood na matino sa taunang pista na ito – except maybe for El Presidente whose quality I am still suspicious of. I have seen Thy Womb during the Critics night and I am convinced this film could go down as one of the enduring masterpieces of Philippine cinema. Hindi dapat palampasin.

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