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Camanava to host MMFF Parade of Stars

Ghio Ong - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — The cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela will host this year’s Parade of Stars of the 49th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced yesterday.

The parade would start at the Navotas Centennial Park at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16, the MMDA said in a statement.

Floats from 10 participating film entries would traverse C-4, Samson Road and MacArthur Highway and stop at the Valenzuela People’s Park near the city hall.

With a length of 8.7 kilometers, the MMFF Parade of Stars is estimated to last for three hours, according to the MMDA.

The agency would deploy a thousand field personnel from various units for tasks like managing traffic, removing road obstructions, impounding and safety before and during the parade, the agency noted.

Acting MMDA Chairman Romando Artes advised motorists to use other roads during the parade.

Drivers going to Navotas from Malabon should use Governor Pascual and M. H. del Pilar streets, while those heading to Monumento can opt to traverse Gov. I. Santiago or M. H. del Pilar streets and Samson Road.

The MMFF Parade of Stars was held in Quezon City in 2022, Taguig City in 2019, Parañaque City in 2018, Muntinlupa City in 2017, and Manila in 2016.

The parade was conducted virtually in 2020 while in 2021 the floats were paraded using the Pasig River ferries in compliance with health and safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, the MMFF will feature 10 films such as “A Family of 2 (A Mother and Son Story),” “(K)Ampon,”

“Penduko,” “Rewind,”  “Becky and Badette,” “Broken Heart’s Trip,” “Firefly,” “GomBurZa,” “Mallari,” and “When I Met You in Tokyo.”

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