MMFF 2011 Winners

And the Winners of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2011 were named already.

The stars were all glamorous as they dazzled at the Resorts World Performing Arts Theatre for the 37th MMFF Awards Night.

Many have already placed their bets on “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story” to bag several awards in the 2011 MMFF. Indeed, “The Asiong Salonga Story”, despite the controversies surrounding the movie, bagged most of the major awards. The movie received a total of 8 major awards,  including best picture, best director, best supporting actor, best screenplay, best production design, best original theme song and best cinematography awards, plus 3 minor awards.

Of course, the big news still was the disqualification of the Regal Films entry, ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.’ The film was penalized for allegedly making changes in the pre-approved script without the permission of the executive committee of the film festival. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reportedly noticed the changes when Tolentino watched the film again last Monday.

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All-Out War Against Corona

“War is a brutal and ugly enterprise. Yet it remains central to human history and social change. These two facts together might seem paradoxical and inexplicable, or they might reveal deeply disturbing facets of the human character (notably, a drive for dominance over others). What is certainly true, in any event, is that war and its threat continue to be forces in our lives.”

In the pursuit of justice, we need to wage an all-out war against the perpetrators of the criminal acts.

Recent events graphically demonstrate this proposition: think of the impeachment and eventual resignation of former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, the arrest of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, the arrest of former Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos, the arrest warrant for retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr., and other ongoing events more appropriately should be called “the war on the former Arroyo administration”.

The past years under the governance of the Arroyo aministration had been savagely scarred with intriguing and controversial political warfare, thus we all have high hopes and expectations going into the year 2012.

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