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'Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story' is the big winner at the MMFF Awards night

The controversial biopic tops this year's Metro Manila Film Festival list despite all the initial hitches it encountered.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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12/29/2011 5:54 PM
'Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story' is the big winner at the MMFF Awards night


122911-mmff-main.jpgWith a total haul of an unexpected 11 awards during the 37th Metro Manila Film Festival awards night, the action biopic Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story was the undisputed big winner having bagged the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and eight technical awards which included Best Cinematography and Best in Production Design. The show, which was hosted by Ai Ai Delas Alas, Richard Gomez and John Estrada, was held at the Resorts World Performing Arts theater last December 28.

Top acting awards went to Dingdong Dantes for Segunda Mano although the actor was a no-show that night. Despite her movie Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow being disqualified by the MMFF board from four award categories recently due to unapproved changes in their script, Diamond star Maricel Soriano still won the Best Actress award but was also not present to receive it that night. John Regala won Best Supporting Actor for Manila Kingpin while self-proclaimed 'Festival Queen' Eugene Domingo won Best Supporting Actress. The top comedienne is currently included in three MMFF entries, Enteng Ng Ina Mo, Househusband and Shake, Rattle and Roll XIII.

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2011 MMFF Awards Night winners list
Best Picture- Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Second Best Picture- Enteng Ng Ina Mo
Third Best Picture- Shake, Rattle and Roll XIII
Best Director – Gary dela Cruz for Asiong Salonga
Best Actor – Dingdong Dantes for Segunda Mano
Best Actress – Maricel Soriano for Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Best Child Performer – Bugoy Carino for Shake, Rattle and Roll XIII
Best Supporting Actor – John Regala for Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Best Supporting Actress – Eugene Domingo

New Wave Awards
Student Film category
-Special Jury Prize- Biyahe
-Best Student Film- Payaso and Mate
-Gender Sensitivity Award- Speechless

Full length Independent Film Category
-Best New Wave Actor- JM De Guzman for Pintakasi
-Best New Wave Actress – Iza Calzado for HIV
-Best New Wave Full-Length Film-Pintakasi
-Gender Sensitivity Award: HIV

Best MMFF Float – Ang Panday 2
Best in Production Design- Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Best in Editing- Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Best Musical Score - Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Best Sound Recording - Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Best Visual Effects - Ang Panday 2
Best Makeup – Enteng Ng Ina Mo
Best Original Theme Song – 'La Paloma' by Ely Buendia for Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Best Cinematography - Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Gender Sensitivity Award – My Househusband... Ikaw Na!
Best Screenplay- Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story
Best Story: Chris Martinez and Marlon Rivera (“Shake, Rattle, and Roll 13”)
Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award: “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story”