It's MMFF season once again
STAR CIRCUIT - Ricky Calderon (The Freeman) - December 21, 2018 - 12:00am

It’s all systems go for the traditional Metro Manila Film Festival Parade of Stars to be held on Sunday, December 23.

 

Paranaque is the host city this year and they really made sure that the parade route will be the most accessible and convenient for the participants, as well as for the movie fans who are expected to go out in droves to watch the Parade of Stars and cheer for their favorite celebrities.

The parade is expected to kick off at 1 p.m. and it will be hosted by Phoemela Barranda, Kim Molina and Shalala. It will be carried live by Viva Entertainment and ABS-CBN.

The order of floats determined by lottery are “Fantastica” (Vice Ganda, Richard Gutierrez and Dingdong Dantes), “Otlum” (Jerome Ponce, Ricci Rivero), “Aurora” (Anne Curtis), “Rainbow’s Sunset” (Eddie Garcia, Gloria Romero, Tony Mabesa), “Mary, Marry Me” (Toni Gonzaga, Alex Gonzaga and Sam Milby), “The Girl in the Orange Dress” (Jericho Rosales and Jessy Mendiola ), “Jack Em Popoy” (Vic Sotto, Maine Mendoza and Coco Martin) and “One Great Love” (Kim Chiu, Dennis Trillo and JC De Vera).

The MMFF Gabi Ng Parangal will be held on December 27 at The Theater@ Solaire.

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There is no doubt that GMA Network knows how to captivate the hearts of Filipinos especially now that Christmas is just around the corner.

Just like its recently launched Christmas Station ID campaign, its “Puso ng Pasko: The GMA Christmas Special” emerged as the viewers’ top choice, beating “Family is Love: The 2018 ABS-CBN Christmas Concert” in nationwide television ratings last Sunday (December 16) based on the latest data from widely-trusted ratings service provider, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

Based on overnight data, the Kapuso Network’s yuletide offering registered 38.2 percent people audience share versus ABS-CBN’s 31.3 percent in the National Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM).

Viewers from all over the world applauded GMA’s celebration of the Christmas season as the TV spectacle received positive feedback online with the official hashtag #PusoNgPaskoSpecial.

Facebook user Nep Dela Cruz said: “Kapuso, talagang nakakapagpasaya kayo ng buong mundo. Nakakaantig ang performances at mga istorya ninyo. Maraming salamat at maligayang Pasko!”

On Instagram, @themanbehindthestyle said, “GMA just celebrated the true essence of Christmas! Heart-warming stories and songs from its artists are the best. I do believe na wala yan sa kung gaano ka-enggrande ang setup mo. Nasa mensahe ‘yan! Ipadama natin ang Puso ng Pasko.”

@AngelicaZDafil tweeted out, “Naiiyak ako sa Christmas special ng GMA. Lalo na nung kinanta nila nang sama-sama yung kanta. Damang-dama mo ang tunay na diwa ng kapaskuhan.”

Desiree Jacildo on Youtube said “Eto ang maganda sa GMA. Nagkakaisa sila. Ang mahalaga sa kanila makapagpasaya ng audience. Keep up the good work, Kapuso!”

Definitely, GMA just spread the true meaning of Christmas around the world. Merry Christmas, Kapuso!

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The collaboration between screenwriter Eric Ramos and Direk Joel Lamangan is very fruitful. According to the writer of Rainbow’s Sunset, at times, Direk Joel gives him the full story idea of a film. All that he has to do is to enhance it to present the dynamics of the character.

“When Direk Joel told me about the story of Rainbow’s Sunset, nabuo na nila ni Ferdy Lapus. I just had to add more details for further enhancement, especially the characters of the three children,” Eric told Star Circuit.

“As a writer, minsan parang connect the dots na lang ako kasi buo ang kwento. Parang wala nang challenge. But here in Rainbow’s Sunset, the challenge lies on how I could present the point of the children after Eddie Garcia’s character decided to come out at the age of 84. That set off the complications which affected the whole family.”

Eric believes many gays will be able to relate with the story of "Rainbow’s Sunset" about a straight guy’s relationship with his gay best friend, which the guy’s wife accepted.

“The position of gays in our family and in our society is well-entrenched. Gays are not only benefactors of their own family but also of the guy they love, and their families as well. This is something that is happening in our society,” said Eric.

We know of some gays who support their lovers even if he is married or has a family. They are even made ninongs of their boyfriend's son. It is okay for some gays to do this. And they continue their special relationship with their boyfriend even if the guy is already married and has a family.

This dynamics in a relationship is tackled in "Rainbow’s Sunset."

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