40th Metro Manila Film Festival – Awards Prediction

Wooh! It’s that time of the year again where the whole family spends days together. Bonding with each other, sharing meals, attending Simbang Gabi`s and watching movies from one of the entries of the yearly event, MMFF or Metro Manila Film Festival. Each year, the festival attracts Filipinos and enthuse them to enjoy Filipino movies more than foreign movies. But since its establishment 40 years ago, only some films are worthy of being part of it even though they were handpicked by a selected group of juries. Shame.

On December 26 or 27, the awards night would air on television in any of the 3 major TV channels of the country. But the question still remains, who wins and who lose?
Here are the common categories that we see each year:

BEST PICTUREBonifacio: Unang Pangulo (Philippians Productions)

  • 1st Runner Up: The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin / Feng Shui
  • 2nd Runner Up:  My Big Bossing  / Feng Shui

BEST DIRECTOR – Enzo Williams (Bonifacio: Unang Pangulo)

  • Chito S. Roño – Feng Shui
  • Francis “Jun” Posadas – MM 357
  • Erik Matti – Kubot: Aswang Chronicles
  • Wenn Deramas – The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin

BEST ACTOR – Robin Padilla (Bonifacio: Unang Pangulo)

  • Dingdong Dantes – Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2
  • Coco Martin – Feng Shui
  • E.R. Ejercito – MM 357
  • Derek Ramsey – English Only, Please

BEST ACTRESS – Kris Aquino (Feng Shui)

  • Vina Morales – Bonifacio: Unang Pangulo
  • Sam Pinto – MM 357
  • Isabelle Daza – Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Eddie Garcia (Bonifacio: Unang Pangulo)

  • Richard Yap – The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin
  • Joey Marquez – Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Carmi Martin (Feng Shui)

BEST SCREENPLAY – Bonifacio: Unang Pangulo (Keiko Aquino and …)

  • Feng Shui (tba)
  • English Only Please (tba)

BEST ORIGINAL STORY – English Only, Please

GENDER SENSITIVITY – The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Bonifacio: Unang Pangulo

  • Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2
  • Feng Shui


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – TBA, Bonifacio: Unang Pangulo

BEST MAKE UP ARTIST – TBA, Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2




BEST CHILD PERFORMER – Ryzza Mae Dizon, My Big Bossing or James “Bimby” Aquino-Yap, The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin 

YOUTH CHOICE AWARD – Bonifacio: Unang Pangulo

BEST FLOAT – Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2

For me, these are the winners for the said categories. The big winners are Bonifacio: Unang Pangulo with 8 awards, Feng Shui with 4 awards, Kubot: Aswang Chronicles 2 with 3 awards and My Big Bossing & The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin with 2 awards (with both 1 unsure) and English Only, Please with 1 award. Too bad for Shake, Rattle & Roll XV and MM 357. This were predicted based from the trailers and articles researched from these movies.


Author: Marlo Mancenido

@schtoofeed | Writer of The Movie Authorities, Seeker of the Best | Game writer and designer | Film fanatic | A campus journalist representing Camarines Norte as part of Collab for more than 2 years.

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