1994 Metro Manila Film Festival

1994 Metro Manila Film Festival
Date December 25, 1994 (1994-12-25) to January 3, 1995 (1995-01-03)
Best Picture none[Note 1]
Most awards Lucas Abelardo (6)

The 20th Metro Manila Film Festival was held in December 1994. This film festival is notable because no film won the award for Best Picture, the Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. When asked on the absence of these awards, Board of Jurors chairman Alejandro Roces stated that none of the entries during that year were deserving of the awards.[1][2] Furthermore, this film festival is different from the Manila Film Festival (MFF) that took place earlier that year, which was marked by a scandal over the recipient of the Best Actor and Best Actress award.[3][4]


Title Starring Studio Director
Kanto Boy 2: Anak ni Totoy GuwapoIan Veneracion, Kimberly Diaz, Ramon Christopher, Dick Israel, Bob Soler, Max Laurel, Dencio Padilla, Jimmy FabregasMahogany Pictures and Moviestars ProductionsAugusto Salvador
Lucas Abelardo Roi Vinzon, Dante Rivero, Bembol Roco, Bob Soler, Karen Timbol, Zando Zamora, King Gutierrez, Conrad Poe, Levy Ignacio, Dencio PadillaTagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions and Levin Films Jose "Kaka" Balagtas
Mama's Boys 2: Let's Go Na! Anjo Yllana, Ogie Alcasid, Michael V., Patrick Guzman, Sunshine Cruz, Lailani Navarro, Aileen Angeles, Jennifer MendozaOctoArts FilmsTony Y. Reyes
Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko Janno Gibbs, Chiquito, Leo Martinez, Jun Aristorenas, Vina Morales, Donita Rose, Arnmel Ignacio, Malu de GuzmanVIVA Films J. Erastheo Navoa
Shake, Rattle & Roll V Regal FilmsManny Castaneda and Jose Javier Reyes
Wanted: Perfect FatherDolphy, Dawn Zulueta, Edu Manzano, Babalu, Jeffrey Quizon, Rochelle BarramedaStar Cinema Efren Jarlego

Winners and nominees


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[5]

Jaime Fabregas, Best Music winner.
Best Film Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
  • Roi Vinzon Lucas Abelardo
  • Kimberly Diaz Kanto Boy: Anak ni Totoy Guwapo
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
  • Teresa Loyzaga Lucas Abelardo
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
  • Ben Payumo Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko
  • Ben Lobo - Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko
Best Child Performer Best Editing
  • Renato de Leon - Lucas Abelardo
Best Story Best Screenplay
  • Joe Balagtas Lucas Abelardo
Best Original Song Best Music
  • Rey Magtoto Lucas Abelardo
Best Visual Effects Best Make-up
  • Cinemagic Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko
  • Rey Salamat Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko
Best Sound Recording Best Float
  • Rolly Ruta - Lucas Abelardo
Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards

Multiple awards

Films with multiple awards

The following films received one or multiple awards:

Awards Film
6 Lucas Abelardo
5 Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko
3 Kanto Boy: Anak ni Totoy Guwapo
1 Shake, Rattle & Roll V

Ceremony information

Lack of Award-winners

During the "Gabi ng Parangal" held in PICC, December 27 of Tuesday night, Alejandro Roces, chairman of the Board of Jurors announced that: "none of the entries was deserving". Therefore, the six major awards (Three Best Pictures, Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards, Best Director, and Best Screenplay) were not given.[4][6][7] On the side note, the Manila Film Fest (MFF) had a similar, but different case in which both the Best Actress and Best Actor awards were given to Ruffa Gutierrez and Gabby Concepcion respectively instead of the supposed-to-be winners.[8][9]


  1. Most of the major awards were not given including the "Best Picture" category.
  2. 1 2 3 4 The following categories are not given: "Best Picture", "Second Best Picture", "Third Best Picture", "Best Director", "Best Screenplay", "Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards".


  2. "A look at the past MMFF controversies". ABS-CBN News.
  3. "Metro Manila Film Festival: Awards for 1994". Internet Movie Database.
  4. 1 2 Lo, Ricky. "Metro Filmfest: No switching this time, but where are the awards?". The Philippine Star. December 29, 1994. Newspaper Print.
  5. "PEP: Mayor Lim to check if 1994 Filmfest scam case in Manila has been dropped". GMA News.
  6. "Through the years: Controversies in the MMFF". Business World Online. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  7. "A look at the past MMFF controversies". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  8. "Looking Back: Showbiz scandals that raised public outcry". Pep.ph Retrieved 2014-04-20.
  9. "Filipino Actress Steals The Show". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-04-20.

External links

Preceded by
1993 Metro Manila Film Festival
Metro Manila Film Festival
Succeeded by
1995 Metro Manila Film Festival
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