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Predicted winners of Metro Manila Film Festival 2019 Gabi ng Parangal

Metro Manila Film Festival

During the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival, only Filipino films will be shown in Philippine theaters except in IMAX and 4D theaters. The traditional Parade of Stars featuring floats of the 45th edition of the annual film festival’s eight entries took place in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines on December 22, 2019.

The MMFF 2019 officially kicked off on December 25, 2019 and will end on January 7, 2020. The Gabi ng Parangal (Awards Night) will be on December 27, 2019.

I was able to watch all the eight MMFF 2019 films on December 26, 2019. Here are my predicted winners:

  • Best Picture: “Mindanao” (Center Stage Productions)
  • 2nd Best Picture: “Miracle in Cell No. 7” (Viva Films)
  • 3rd Best Picture: “Culion” (iOptions Ventures Corp.)
  • Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: “Mindanao” (Center Stage Productions)
  • Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award: “Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity” (M-ZET TV Productions, APT Entertainment)
  • Best Director: Brillante Mendoza (“Mindanao”)
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Allen Dizon (“Mindanao”)
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Judy Ann Santos (“Mindanao”)
  • Special Jury Prize: Aga Muhlach, Xia Vigor (“Miracle in Cell No. 7”)
  • Full-Length Film – People’s Choice Award: “The Mall, The Merrier” (Star Cinema, Viva Films)
  • Best Screenplay: Honee Alipio (“Mindanao”)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Soliman Cruz (“Miracle in Cell No. 7”)
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Mai Fanglayan (“Culion”)
  • Best Child Performer: Yuna Tangog (“Mindanao”)
  • Best Cinematography: Odyssey Flores (“Mindanao”)
  • Best Sound Design: “Mindanao”
  • Best Theme Song: “Write About Love”
  • Best Editing: “Sunod”
  • Best Visual Effects: “Mindanao”
  • Best Musical Score: “Mindanao”
  • Best Production Design: “Mindanao”
  • Best Float: “Mindanao”
  • Best Student Short Film: “Dating App” (University of Makati)


Here is the complete list of the MMFF 2019 entries:

Full-length films




“3pol Trobol: Huli Ka Balbon” Rodel Nacianceno Coco Martin, Jennylyn Mercado, Ai-Ai delas Alas CCM Productions
“Culion” Alvin Yapan Iza Calzado, Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Meryll Soriano iOptions Ventures Corp.
“Mindanao” Brillante Mendoza Judy Ann Santos, Allen Dizon, Yuna Tangog Center Stage Productions
“Miracle in Cell No. 7” Nuel Crisostomo Naval Aga Muhlach, Bela Padilla, Xia Vigor Viva Films
“Mission Unstapabol: The Don Identity” Linnet Zurbano Vic Sotto, Maine Mendoza M-ZET TV Productions, APT Entertainment
“Sunod” Carlo Ledesma Carmina Villarroel, Mylene Dizon Ten17P, Globe Studios
“The Mall, The Merrier” Barry Gonzales Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis Star Cinema, Viva Films
“Write About Love” Crisanto B. Aquino Miles Ocampo, Rocco Nacino TBA Studios


Short films

  • “Bronze, Silver, Gold at Anting-Anting” by De La Salle University – Integrated School Manila
  • “Dating App” by the University of Makati
  • “Hipos” by Sagay National High School – Negros Occidental
  • “Huling Kembot ni Fernando” by Centro Escolar University-Manila
  • “Manggagalaw” by Centro Escolar University-Manila
  • “Pamana ni Loma” by Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Sta. Mesa
  • “Tabako” by the University of Saint La Salle – Bacolod
  • “The Lost Sitty” by Adamson University

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