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METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL 2019

Taguig City all set to host longest MMFF Parade of Stars

For the first time in the prestigious festival's history, stars will converge in Taguig City for the 45th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Parade of Stars.

WOWIE LAGMAN //  6 MIN READ
Published December 16, 2019


“We expect that this parade will be the longest parade in the history of the MMFF. We expect it to take around eight hours,” said Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia.

The parade will begin at noon from Lakeshore C-6, right turn to M.L. Quezon Avenue, left turn to MRT Avenue, then right turn Cuasay, right turn to CP Garcia (C-5) Service Road, then left turn to Upper McKinley Road, right turn to Lawton Avenue – 5th Street, right turn again to McKinley Parkway, left turn to 32nd Street, left turn to 7th Avenue, right to 26th Avenue, left turn to 5th Avenue, right turn to LeGrand Avenue and Chateau Road.

Expect road closures along M.L. Quezon (from Dr. A. Santos to MRT), along MRT (from M.L Quezon to Cuasay), along Cuasay (from MRT to C-5), and in C-5 Service Road cor. Cayetano Boulevard.

Meanwhile, counterflow vehicles will be allowed along Upper Mckinley Road from C-5 to Lawton Ave., Lawton – 5th Street from Upper McKinley to McKinley Parkway, and along 32nd Avenue from McKinley Parkway to 7th Avenue.”

The “Stop-and-Go” traffic scheme will be implemented on C-5 – Upper Mckinley, C-5 Service Road – Sampaguita Bridge, McKinley Parkway – 26th Avenue. Those roads affected by the parade will be opened around 7 p.m.

Considered as one of the most--if not the most--anticipated movie events in the country, the MMFF is more than a festivity. It has evolved into a tradition for Filipino families, becoming one more reason to look forward to the Yuletide season.



Evolution to tradition

Since the first silver screen curtain opened in 1975, the competition--then called Metropolitan Film Festival--has given birth to some of the best Pinoy films and recognized the country's finest artists.

In the years that followed, MMFF has become synonymous to a celebration of the Filipino ingenuity in movies, which is what the City of Taguig aims to continue to honor this year as it brings to the fore the 8 finalists.

Amplified star power

This year's strong line-up brings back familiar faces, including a comebacking actor as well as award-winning performers and entertainment industry icons:

[#01] The Mall, The Merrier
Starring Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis
Directed by Barry Gonzales
Produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films
Synopsis: Sibling rivalry gets more intense when both inherit an old mall that's ripe with mysterious happenings.

[#02] Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity
Starring Vic Sotto, Maine Mendoza, Pokwang, Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Pauleen Luna
Directed by Michael Tuviera
Produced by APT Entertainment, Inc. and M-ZET Production
Synopsis: A man attempts a major heist to exact revenge by putting together a group of misfits who, strangely, have the same names.

[#03] Sunod
Starring Carmina Villaroel, Mylene Dizon, JC Santos
Directed by Carlo Ledesma
Produced by TEN17P and Globe Studios
Synopsis: A mother seeks a job at a call center to support her ill daughter but encounters supernatural occurrences while on the job.

[#04] Miracle in Cell No. 7
Starring Aga Muhlach, Xia Vigor
Directed by Nuel Crisostomo Naval
Produced by Viva Communications, Inc.
Synopsis: An adaptation of a critically acclaimed South Korean film of the same name, a mentally ill man is wrongfully accused of a crime. His daughter grows up and becomes a lawyer, determined to prove her father's innocence.

[#05] Write About Love
Starring Miles Ocampo, Rocco Nacino
Directed by Crisanto Aquino
Produced by TBA Studios
Synopsis: Two scriptwriters of different genres come together to whip up a script that captures a great love story, but will they be able to work on their differences?

[#06] 3pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon
StarringCoco Martin, Jennylyn Mercado, Sam Milby, Ai Ai Delas Alas, Joey Marquez
Directed byRodel Nacianceno
Produced byCCM Film Productions
Synopsis:A star-studded action-comedy film that follows a police officer framed for the murder of a prominent man who tries to prove his innocence by attempting to pull off an effective disguise.

[#07] Culion
Starring Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis, Meryll Soriano, Joem Bascon
Directed by Alvin Yapan
Produced by iOptions Ventures Corp.
Synopsis: This historical drama follows the life of a woman living in the leper colony in Culion, Palawan, where the inhabitants try to get through life while waiting for a cure for leprosy.

[#08] Mindanao
Starring Judy Ann Santos, Allen Dizon
Directed by Brillante Mendoza
Produced by Center Stage Productions
Synopsis: Mendoza's latest movie was showcased at the 24th Busan International Film Festival and is a mix of fantasy and real life.

The Metro Manila Film Festival will run from December 25, 2019 to January 7, 2020.


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