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Metro Manila Film Festival parade of stars set for Saturday

Manila, Philippines – THE traditional parade of stars of the Metro Manila Film Festival is set for Saturday, Dec. 24, participated in by the seven official entries to the biggest and most exciting annual movie event.

The parade starts at 2 p.m. at the Mall of Asia, going to EDSA, turning left to Roxas Blvd., and going straight to the Quirino Grandstand at the Luneta, where a variety show will be mounted.

The seven entries to the 37th MMFF are:

“Panday 2“ ­ Bong Revilla and Marian Rivera

“Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow“ ­ Maricel Soriano and Gabby Concepcion, with Lovi Poe, Dennis Trillo, Solenn Heussaff, Carla Abellana, Eula Caballero, Agot Isidro

“Enteng ng Ina Mo“ ­ Vic Sotto and Ai-Ai de las Alas

“My Househusband“ ­ Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo, and Eugene Domingo

“Asiong Salonga“ ­ Jeorge Estregan

“Segunda Mano“ ­ Kris Aquino, Dingdong Dantes, and Angelica Panganiban

“Shake, Rattle & Roll 13“ ­ Allstar cast trilogy

The participating films officially open Dec. 25 in 17 Metro Manila cities and towns and the rest of the Philippines. While Metrowide in billing, MMFF is in reality nationwide in scope.

Atty. Francis Tolentino, chairman of Metro Manila Development Authority and over-all chairman of MMFF, said the box-office goal this year is R600 million, which may well be met considering the big star and production values of the seven entries.

Awards night is set for Dec. 28 at the Resorts World Performing Arts Theater, hosted by Cesar Montano and Ai-Ai de las Alas.

At stake are trophies and cash prizes for the seven official entries and those of the New Wave participants, five full-length indie films and 10 student short films. The New Wave entries are shown from Dec. 17 to 21 at Robinsons Galleria.

The winner of the best float will be announced at the Dec. 28 awards night, telecast on Jan. 1, 10:30 p.m., over ABS-CBN.

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