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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Repost: Mother Lily: Christmas is No Time for Indie Films

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Regal Films matriarch Lily Monteverde told reporters that she is saddened by the exclusion of "Mano Po 7: Chinoy" from the list of official entries to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival. 

"When I heard about it talagang umiyak ako," Monteverde admitted after announcing that the newest installment of the "Mano Po" franchise will hit theaters instead on December 14, one week ahead of the start of the annual film festival. 

Monteverde added that she is worried that the poor will have no movies to look forward to this coming Christmas season, before she criticized the MMFF screening committee for filling this year's lineup with mostly independent films. 

"Sana naman after this year, they [the MMFF screening committee] should understand --it's not that I'm teaching them pero all these poor people, mayroon silang mga bonus. Once they get their bonus, they bring the whole family to the movies to watch. ...Sayang lang nanghihinayang ako sa mga bata." 

The veteran producer, who claimed to have arranged indie movie festivals in the past, also said: "There is a time for the indie movies. But not during the Christmas season. Christmas is for the family." 

The official entries to the 2016 MMFF were announced last week, headlined by Jun Robles Lana's award-winning transgender film "Die Beautiful." The list became controversial following the exclusion of the aforementioned "Mano Po 7," Vice Ganda's "The Super Parental Guardians," and Vic Sotto's "Enteng Kabisote." 

In defense of the list, Dr. Nicanor Tiongson of the University of the Philippines Film Institute, the head of this year's screening committee, said: "Let us not dumb down the audience." 

121 comments:

  1. Grabe lang maka-poor?

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    1. Oo tama na ah.. middle class family na kami tapos ginawa pa kaming negosyo. Mahirap na nga kami ung mga tinpid pa na indie films ang mapapanuod nmn. At Oo Christmas Lang ang break ko.

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    2. bitter si Mother dahil lugi na naman sya

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    3. Kung talagang gustong panoorin yan movie niyo, kahit anong petsa pa yan lumabas, panonodin nila yan!

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    4. Anon 12:41 alam niya kasi nakailang floppey na sila this year AND of course kahit floppey sa mmff atleast kikita siya ng konti...e ngayon na hindi included malamang di kumota kasi...alam na kung sino ang magdadala ng "swerte"

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    5. 12:41, so mas gusto mong sayangin ung oras mo at pera mo sa mga walang substance na movie, basta pinagka gastusan?

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  2. Mother it is a time to give, time to forgive, time to forget, time to rejoice that the Lord was born.

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  3. Kaumay na mano po madir tama lang hindi ipalabas sa mmff.

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  4. Tanggap ko na di nakapasok ang Vice Vic pero itong Mano Po hindi nmn putchu putchu movie d nakapasok? nagtataka lang :)

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    1. Regal yan uy. Puchu puchu yan. Sila mga nagpauso ng sayawan sa beach sa ending ng movie. Mas nakakakilabot pa yun kesa sa shake rattle and roll.

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    2. Baka late natapos yung shoot kaya d nakaabot ng deadline..same with the movies of vice and bossing vic..

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  5. May jinx kasi sa movie mother.

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    1. Naniniwala na ako na jinx talaga sya.

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    2. pero si younger jinx, nakapasok

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    3. Bakit naniniwala kayo sa jinx? Panoorin niyo yung movie para malaman niyo kung maganda ito o hindi, wag ninyong isisi sa isang tao

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    4. Pero at least yung younger jinx may career kahit papano. Yung original jinx, kahit saan ilagay, WALEYYYYY lol

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    5. Confirm na talaga..may dalang malas yung isa..d pa nga nagsisimula yung mmff, hindi pa sla kasali

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  6. How condescending. Sabihin mo nanghihinayang ka na hindi sa mga shallow films na ginagawa niyo mapupunta ung mga bonus ng mga "poor people" kuno na tinutukoy mo. Kabwisit ka.

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  7. I'd have to agree to this. Though nothing wrong w/ change in MMFF to prioritize indie films, it's about the timing. I don't think international film festivals happen during Christmas time. Would've been better if MMFF included some of the family comedy films. There is still an audience who look forward to that.

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    1. FYI, meron pong values-oriented MMFF entries ngayon. At pwedeng pwede sa kids! Duh, Saving Sally? Vince & Kath & James kung gusto mo ng kilig. Die Beautiful is comedy, hindi si vice ang gay character dyan pero nakakaaliw at nanalo na ng award.

      Ano bang problema niyo sa indie films para i-conclude niyo agad na "hindi nakakaaliw" or "hindi nakakaenjoy para sa mga bata" at "hindi pampamilya"?! Iba lang ang mga gumawa ng film entries ngayon, pero hindi ibig sabihin iisa lang ang genre ng mga films na yun!

      KAYA TALAGANG DAPAT ITAAS NA ANG QUALITY NG MOVIES NA PINAPALABAS TUWING MMFF PARA MATUTO NA ANG MGA TAO NA WAG MABABAW MAG-ISIP!

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    2. Same. I actually agree with her in a way. December na lang halos kumikita ang mainstream movies, inalis pa nila.

      May Cinemalaya ang Indie films, dapat dun talaga nila, ipromote at ipush ang Indie. Kung binibigyan nila ng attention yun talaga, eh di may magandang venue for the indie films to be showcased.

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    3. Talaga ba Anon 11:28? Mas malaki pa kita ng mainstream movies sa indie dahil napapansin sila kahit di pasko, dahil may budget sila pang promote unlike indie. Buti nga this year we are being served ng iba naman, hindi ung masabing movie lang.

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  8. TSAKA ANH DAMI NG INDIE FILM FESTIVAL. hello Cinemalaya, C1 Orig. Sa famas nga indie film lagi winner yun lang kahit maganda wala tlgang kita.

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    1. Natural mahuhusay

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    2. 12:41, ang point is sana hinayaan na lang sa mainstream movies ang December. Halos December na lang buhay ang mainstream movies eh.

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  9. How ironic! The poor people you called Madam Lily are the people who have money to buy your movies. Poor Madam. Cry pa more.

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  10. Pak na pak ang sabi ni Prof!

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  11. So ang tingin nitong babaing ito eh pang-mahirap lang ang filmfest?

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    1. wrong term used. dapat "pang-masa"

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    2. Pang uto uto dapat. Kaso mahilig mag sugar coat mga Pinoys. Poor na lang tuloy ginamit.

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  12. Gawa na lang kayo ng sarili nyong Film Fest.

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  13. Hindi ko talaga alam kung ano ngayon mga requirmenrs or criterias pagpili ng pelikula para sa mmff kasi dati kasali nman sila. Cguro dahil gustu ng mmff na bagong titles or new

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    1. I believe nagbase sila sa quality ng film at tsaka yung mismong finished product. Normally kasi sa screenplay lang sila tumitingin e.

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    2. @12:35 criteria is already plural, not criterias

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    3. In short, MMFF is trying too hard to be FAMAS

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  14. So pang mahirap lang ang mmff? Kklk si mother lily.

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    1. Kulang na lang sabihin nyang hampas lupa ang mga nanood ng Mano Po.

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    2. Hindi ka eloquent sa Tagalog si Mother Lily. Chinese yan and yun ang language nila sa bahay. Tingin ko wrong term lang ang ginamit nya. Not meant to look down at people

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  15. I'd like to think na she meant kawawa (poor).. not really poor na naghihikahos...

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    1. I tried to see it in the definition you noted 1235AM, pero hindi talaga. Naghihikahos talaga ibig niyang sabihin.

      "Monteverde added that she is worried that the poor will have no movies to look forward to this coming Christmas season"

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    2. I tried to see it in the definition you noted 1235AM, pero hindi talaga. Naghihikahos talaga ibig niyang sabihin.

      "Monteverde added that she is worried that the poor will have no movies to look forward to this coming Christmas season"

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    3. Mader, kung para sa mahihirap ang MMFF, dapat babaan naman ang tickets sa sinehan sa mga panahong iyon. Diba nga, in the past years ang sinasabi nga pag nag prorpomote kayo ay "Regalo" niyo ang mga movies para sa mga Pilipino. Puleaaaseeee.....

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    4. 12:55 korek!!!! Every year nagmamahal ang ticket ng mmff

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  16. Rolls eyes

    Using kids,family and being as a poor as an excuse.

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  17. Then make quality films. Ginawa mo ng series yang pelikula na yan, yung ibang parts walang saysay. Puro na lang ba melodramatic at horror ang ipapakain mo sa utak ng mga susunod pang henerasyon?

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  18. So pang poor people ang pelikula mo mother? Nakakaloka! At nanghihinayang ka kamo sa mga bata? Sinong bata ang manonood ng Mano Po?!

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  19. Sino ba naman ang magsasama ng bata para manood ng Mano Po? Ano un punishment?

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    1. Grabe ang tawa ko. Super tumpak ang comment mo. When my parents would drag us to watch Mano po inis na inis ako. Gusto ko horror or rom com

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  20. ay grabehan pag babasa about "poor" literal yung iba. KALOKA!

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  21. Ilang dekada nang nakinabang ang Regal sa MMFF pero ganun pa ren ang labas walang kwenta ang movie nila. Pagbigyan naman nila ang ibang filmmakers na may fresh ideas.

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  22. I'm poor and dahil sa sinabi mo hindi ko panonoorin movie mo pag nagkapera ako. Haha! Mka poor ka naman dyan madam.

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    1. Ay, bes. Hindi ba hindi ka na dapat maoffend na tinawag kang poor? Statement of fact na yam sa kalagayan mo.

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  23. Puro na lang Chinese, dami rin Indians sa Pinas. Gawa movie about Indians "Magkano Po"

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    1. Hahaha shuta ka baks

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    2. Hahahahahahahahahah!! Kaloka ka

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    3. Wahahahaha lakas ng tawa ko baks nagising baby ko.

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    4. Andami ko tawa, mga 20.Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

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    5. Sam YG likes this!

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    6. Ay bes! Binigyan mo ng idea ang producers at direcyors. Sigurado may gagawa ng Magkano Po. Hahaha!

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    7. Best comment of the day!

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    8. bwiset!!!!! hahahahahaaaaa

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    9. winner ka baks!

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    10. Hahahahahahhaa

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  24. lame reason. poor? kids? poor/kids will opt not to watch Mano Po. para maiba naman yung choices malay mo mas patok pa pala kahit indie.

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  25. maka poor si Mother wagas. di bale by christmas mas poor ka din.

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  26. She should have said poor and uneducated hahahah truth hurts! Galing talaga ng duterte team hahaha parang naiwan Lang ang common sense sa toilet hahahha

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    1. Hahahaha nakakatawa dati may pumapatol sa mga comment mo, ngayon wala na di na pinapansin mga pangpoprovoke mo hahahaha

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    2. Tama naman. Uneducated lang matutuwa sa movies ni Monteverde. Hahahaha very well said.

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    3. Anong tawag sayo 8:19? Napacomment ka. Ikaw ang nakakatawa.

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    4. Bwahahahhahaha, buti di ko na ibuga ang mainit na kape na iniinom ko. U really made my day Anon 1.01. Best comment ever.

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  27. Indie/Independent Films ay movies na ginawa without the support or financing of a major film Studio. Di porket Indie eh ibig sabihin eh "Intellectual" na. Indie films can be Comedy, Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Drama, etc. Basta di sya produced or financed by a major studio eto ay matatawag na Indie Film. Halimbawa gagawa si Vice Ganda ng Movie at sya lang ang magpro-produce at di sya hihingi ng assistance sa Star Cinema o Viva, ang movie na ito ni Vice ay matatawag na Indie Film.

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    1. Alam namin! Sus.

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    2. And your point is? Ginawa mo naman walang alam ang mga tao kung ano ang indie.

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    3. @8:20am a sauce. Si mother Lily nga hindi alam

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    4. Ako d ko alam un

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  28. I don't understand the hate on this year's lineup when in the past, all those movies made my the likes of vice ganda, vic sotto, lily monteverde, etc. were always criticized for being bad.

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    1. same sentiment here

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    2. yes, admittedly they were bad. but they were entertaining too. they were for kids who would enjoy a good laugh. do you think children below 13 would sit for 4 hours to watch a black & white slow film on Xmas day?

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    3. 3:13 you think ganyan lang ang indie? you do know what indie movies are, right?

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  29. I hope this will inspire all movie outfits to create quality films for mmff. Di naman kelangan masiado malalim ang theme basta may sense naman. Insulto din samin mahihirap kung gagastos kami ng 200 pesos para sa basurang pelikula

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  30. You're just bitter that the money--the bonuses rather--of your so-called poor people will not go into your pocket. I plan on watching all entries of MMFF. Isama ko na 'tong Mano Po 7, para ma-compare din. I am sure it is more of the big slap sa ego niya than the pseudoconcern for the masses.

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  31. Then you owe it to the "poor" to make movies worth their buck.

    Seems like the big studios are just irked coz they are losing a cash cow.

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  32. I agree with her. Some people spend their aguinaldo watching movies, especially Vice and Vic movies.. If I am poor I will not watch depressing indie movies.

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    1. exactly! it's christmas! i'm poor, why watch something about poverty?

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    2. now that's 'dumbing down the masses'

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    3. San nanggaling tong "depressing indie movies" mindset na to? Nadepress ka sa Babae sa Septic Tank? Sa Here comes the bride? Sa That thing called Tadhana? First na si Third?

      I could go on and on and give you titles of comedy indie films. Please lang.

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  33. What is the hate with this year's line up? Maybe it will push big studios to produce not only enjoyable and family friendly movies but also thoughtful and memorable to add to that.

    Examples lang for kid movies that the entire family can enjoy: Magic Temple, Magic Kingdom, Batang X.

    What is stopping big studios really? Gusto lang makagwa a profitable film under the guise na for the family daw.

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  34. ok na rin yung MMFF line up movies this year. Kaysa mag away away nanaman yung Enteng Kabisote at Vice Ganda Fans kung sino mas malaki kinita. at may daya dayaan pang nalalaman daw.

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  35. This is selfishness. Give chance to other producers. You cried because malaki mawawala sa inyo not because of poor people. Tsk tsk.

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  36. True. There's a perfect time to showcase indie films but the problem is mostly mainstream movies have a low quality of story which is other people is very tired of. Maybe next time film makers should think quality over quantity

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  37. sa panahon ngaun, yung Pasko ay para na lang sa bata. anong movie sa MMFF ang pwede nila panoorin? all movies included are all have "serious" theme.. baka most of them are rated13 pa because of the theme. of course, maganda rin sana na yung mga indie film ay kumikita because you are assured na may kalidad ang gawa nila. but i doubt kung kikita lahat ng movie sa mmf, baka Die Beautiful lang ang kumita dahil kilala ung bida.. mas dudumugin marahil sa December ang mga amusement centers kesa moviehouses.

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  38. Pang poor eh ang mamahal ng ticket price. Iyak ka talaga Mother dahil maliit lang kikitain mo. Mas mauuna pa ipalabas yung kay Vice kaya wala ng pera ang poor people manood ng Mano Po Infinity mo.

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  39. Kung maka-poor si mother parang hindi pwede sa masa ang indie films. Anong akala niya kababawan at nonsense films ang taste pag 'poor'? Kakainsulto.

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  40. Mader, bawi na lang next year. At pagandahin ang pelikula para makasama sa MMFF.

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  41. Parang misinterpreted naman ang sinabi ni mother. I think she meant kawawa not poor na walang pera. And it's true na kawawa naman ang mga families na ginawa nang tradition ang manood ng family movies pag pasko. I know most movies during mmff are crap in terms of quality pero in entertaining ok naman sya, natutuwa naman ang mga nanonood. There are a number of indie film festivals for the rest of the year and admit naman natin na di talaga maeenjoy ng mga bata ang indie films na nilalabas. Mababaw ang kaligayahan ng common pinoy audience kaya nga kumikita naman ang mga vic at vice ganda films kahit na corny.

    Sana na lang ginawang half indie half pang masa ang lineup para may choice both ang mga mahihilig sa popular comedy movies at gusto manood ng quality films. Cash grab talaga ang maglabas ng movie pag pasko. Ang dapat lang is mas varied ang choice ng mga tao para matutunan din na di lang puro movies nila vic at vice ang panoorin.

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    1. Seryoso?
      Paano naging "kawawa" ang meaning ng poor sa statement niya na to?

      Monteverde added that she is worried that the poor will have no movies to look forward to this coming Christmas season

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  42. waley rin naman, papayagan nga movies nila di naman din ganun kaganda. basta ang formula tatapunan ng sikat na artista, madaliin at rehash materials. san ka pa?

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  43. Kasalanan din ng big companies na di sila nakagawa ng magandang film this year. Star Cinema ang MAGIC TEMPLE and para sa akin, best mmff film talaga sya. Kaya naman nilang gumawa ng ganung dekalidad na pambata at makabuluhang pelikula. Di ko alam anong problem sa recent years

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  44. Kaya pala basura ang mga movies ng regal basura ang tingin nya sa moviegoers

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  45. Bitter ang lola mo kasi di ganun kalaki yung kikitain nya compared sa mga nakaraang taon. Wala namang kwenta yung mga movie entry mo sa MMFF. I'm a fan of indie films at masasabi kong mas may substance, sense at nashoshowcase ng indie films yung realidad ng buhay. Dapat ganon kasi ang iproduce mo at hindi para lang kumita ka ng malaki... Maganda nga at nabigyan ng chance yung mga promising directors at writers na mapakita yung maganda nilang gawa.

    Thank you MMFF selection committee!!! Sa wakas at may mapapanood na akong MMFF movie na hindi ko panghihinayangan gastusan

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  46. Honestly may point naman sya, I think they should have made it as a broad choice of movies. Ang nangyari puro indie, nawalan ng choice ang family

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  47. manahimik ka mother water lily wag ka gahaman gusto mo panay sayo ang kita.
    gumawa ka ng maayos na movie para maisama ang sa iyo. infer walang shake rattle and roll !!!!

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  48. So, pag pasko, peperahan mo ang mga may bonus?!
    Pag pasko, ikaw lang dapat may kita?

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  49. Kaya low quality ang movies nila because they think that the people they cater for are poor, hence, the puchu puchu films.

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  50. If I am poor imbes na ipangsine eh ipangbili ko na lang ng handa sa pasko.

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  51. Hindi po pambata ang Mano Po ninyo Mader Lily

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  52. na spoiled kasi si Mother tuwing pasko. Akala niya yung MMFF ay Mother Monteverde Film Festival dahil 2-3 movies ang Regal per Christmas.

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  53. Dapat kasi wala ng mmff.period.pure monopoly eh.i baban ang foreign films para kimita ang same people na kumikita na naman na sa mga regular shows.endorsements and appearances.kaumay na kasi yung linya nila na handog namin ngayon pasko.regalo namin sa mga fans pinaghirapan namin to etc...stop na mmff.kung gusto nila gumawa ng movies na papanoorin.make good quality movies.di yung paulit ulit lang.

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    1. Exactly! Or they can continue with the festival but not ban foreign films para may choice pa rin ang tao. What about expats/foreigners who are in the Phils during the fest at gusto manuod ng movie?

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    2. yung andami kong pera at time pag pasko para magsine pero ang chaka ng mga palabas hahaha kain na lang kaya antaba ko pag pasko hahaha

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  54. Mother Lily, anong kinalaman naman ng hindi pagkakaenter ng movie mo mmff sa gustong panuorin ng pinoy sa pasko? As far as I know, hindi yung MMFF ang magdidikta sa kung anong gustong panuorin ng tao. They can still spend their hard earned bonus to watch feel good movies. Manalo man yan sa MMFF o hindi.

    Plus indie movies deserves it. Kung gusto mo makapasok ayusin mo movies mo.

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  55. ganyan pala sya mag isip kaya pala ganun ang mga pinopeoduce nyang films halos lahat walang kwenta

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  56. Naka Mano Po 7 ka na naman, give other movies and producers a chance naman. And in my opinion, ang magandang Mano Po Lang naman e yung 1. Yun lang yung may buong istorya. The rest wala na... Usually star studded Lang yung cast pero Napaka walang kwenta. Hehe sorry Mother ha.

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  57. ito talaga si mader....

    may kumwestiyon ba sayo na "is horror film like shake rattle and roll a timely movie for christmas?!" eh di ba pang november nga yun inusod mo lang para kumita.

    tsk tas mangkwestyon ka

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  58. Why can't people just try out this new selection for MMFF this year? Wala pa nga kung maka reklamo wagas. Di nyo pa nga alam kung gaano kaganda ung movies hinuhusgahan na.

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