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MMFF Awards Jennylyn Mercado, Derek Ramsay

The 40th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awarded Derek Ramsay and Jennylyn Mercado with top acting awards for their movie, "English Only, Please."

"Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo," a biopic of national hero Andres Bonifacio, received the most number of awards--a total of nine--including Best Picture. The movie stars Robin Padilla, Vina Morales, Daniel Padilla and Jasmine Curtis-Smith.

"English Only, Please," a romantic comedy about a guy trying to compose a letter for his Filipina girlfriend, took home seven awards, including Second Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for Jennylyn, and Best Actor for Derek.

The Third Best Picture went to "Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles," which starred Dingdong Dantes. It also received five other awards.

Jennylyn was very emotional when she received her acting award. In fact, she was seen crying backstage after her acceptance speech. Derek was unable to personally receive his award. Joey Marquez, who won as Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Kubot," was also unable to attend the awards night.

Lotlot de Leon, who also starred in "Kubot," was named Best Supporting Actress. She was also in tears upon receiving her award.

Vice Ganda was supposed to host the program with Kris Aquino. But since his grandfather passed away on Christmas Day, Edu Manzano instead took over his role as host.

Kris' own movie, "Feng Shui 2," did not receive any recognitions. In fact, the top-grossing films, "Feng Shui 2," "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin" and "My Big Bossing" did not receive any awards that night.

Kris said it's okay for her that her son, Bimby, who is part of "The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin," was nominated as Best Child Performer. Ryzza Mae Dizon eventually took home the award.

Also, the controversial actress-TV host said she's also okay with "Feng Shui 2" being nominated for certain awards.

During the ceremony, the founders of the MMFF and the New Wave category were recognized. This included former President Joseph Estrada for the Commemorative Award for Vision and Leadership, as well as MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino. The late Guillermo de Vega received the Memorial Award through his wife, Maria de Vega.

In 1975, Erap sought the help of Guillermo in creating MMFF.

Here is the complete list of the 40th MMFF winners:


Best Picture: "Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo"

Second Best Picture: "English Only, Please"

Third Best Picture: "Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2"

Best Actress: Jennylyn Mercado ("English Only, Please")

Best Actor: Derek Ramsay ("English Only, Please")

Best Director: Dan Villegas ("English Only, Please")

Best Supporting Actress: Lotlot de Leon ("Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2")

Best Supporting Actor: Joey Marquez ("Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2")

Best Child Performer: Ryzza Mae Dizon ("My Big Bossing")

Best Screenplay: Antoinette Jadaone ("English Only, Please")

Best Original Story: Antoinette Jadaone and Dan Villegas ("English Only, Please")

Best Editor: Marya Ignacio ("English Only, Please")

Best Cinematographer: Carlo Mendoza ("Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo")

Best Production Design: Erickson Navarro ("Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2")

Best Visual Effects: Mothership ("Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2")

Best Sound Engineer: Wild Sound ("Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo")

Best Musical Score: Von de Guzman ("Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo")

Best Theme Song: Von de Guzman ("Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo")

Best Festival Make-up Artist: ("Kubot: The Aswang Chronicles 2")

Gat Puno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: "Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo"

FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence: "Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo"

Commemorative Award for Vision and Leadership: Joseph Estrada

Commemorative Award for Vision and Leadership: MMFF and MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino

Guillermo de Vega Memorial Award (posthumous) - accepted by wife Maria de Vega

Celeb Face of the Night: Nadine Lustre

Best Float Award: "Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo"

Youth Choice Award: "Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo"

(New Wave Category)

New Wave Best Film: "Magkakabaung"

New Wave Best Supporting Actor: Kristoffer King ("Maratabat Pride and Honor")

New Wave Best Supporting Actress: Gloria Sevilla ("M Mother's Maiden Name")

New Wave Best Actress: Zsa Zsa Padilla ("M Mother's Maiden Name")

New Wave Best Actor: Allen Dizon ("Magkakabaung")

New Wave Best Film Director: Jason Paul Laxamana ("Magkakabaung")

New Wave Special Jury Prize: "M Mother's Maiden Name"

New Wave Best Picture: Jason Paul Laxamana ("Magkakabaung")

New Wave Student Short Film Special Jury Prize: "Kalaw"

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