2012 Metro Manila Film Festival

2012 Metro Manila Film Festival
Date December 25, 2012 (2012-12-25) to January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)
Best Picture One More Try
Most awards El Presidente and Thy Womb (7)

The 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is a part of the annual film festival in Metro Manila, Philippines held from December 25, 2012 until January 8, 2013. During the festival, no foreign films are shown in Philippine theaters in order to showcase locally produced films.


In the last week of May 2012, film producers and companies already submitted their scripts in participation with the festival. However, it will still be reviewed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to sort out entries. Of the fifteen film entries submitted, eight were chosen as the official entries. Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang was one of the eight entries chosen, but the producer sent a letter to MMDA to pull out of the film festival. On October 19, 2012 it was replaced by Nora Aunor's Thy Womb.[1]

Here are the eight official entries:[2]

Official entries

The eight films with the highest lobbying placement fee paid were chosen to be the official entries.[3][4]

Title Starring Studio Director Genre Reference
Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako Vic Sotto, Bong Revilla, Jr. and Judy Ann Santos Octoarts Films,
M-Zet Productions,
Imus Productions,
APT Entertainment, and
GMA Films
Tony Reyes Fantasy/Comedy/Action [5]
El Presidente E.R. Ejercito and Cristine Reyes Scenema Concept International,
CMB Films, and
VIVA Films
Mark Meilly Action/Historical drama/ Thriller [6][7]
One More Try Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Angelica Panganiban, and Zanjoe Marudo Star Cinema Ruel S. Bayani Drama [8][9]
Shake, Rattle and Roll Fourteen: The Invasion Vhong Navarro, Lovi Poe, Dennis Trillo, Paulo Avelino, Mart Escudero, Janice de Belen, Herbert Bautista Regal Films Chito S. Roño Horror Suspense [3]
Sisterakas Kris Aquino, Ai-Ai de las Alas, Vice Ganda, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, and Xyriel Manabat Star Cinema and
Viva Films
Wenn V. Deramas Comedy [10][11]
Sosy Problems Heart Evangelista, Rhian Ramos, Solenn Heussaff, Bianca King, Benjamin Alves, Mikael Daez and Aljur Abrenica GMA Films Andoy Ranay Comedy [12][13]
The Strangers Julia Montes, Enrique Gil, JM De Guzman and Enchong Dee Quantum Films,
MJM Productions
Lawrence Fajardo Horror [14]
Thy Womb Nora Aunor, Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe, Mercedes Cabral Centerstage Productions Brillante Mendoza Drama [4][15]

New Wave entries

The New Wave films were screened from December 18 to 22 as a prelude to the MMFF opening on December 25, 2012.[16] This year, the MMFF will continue the tradition of supporting independent films through a bigger, better and bolder New Wave Section.

Student shorts

These films were screened along with the New Wave entries.


The 38th Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night was held at the Meralco Theater in Ortigas Center, Pasig City on December 27, 2012.[17]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[18]

Major awards

Brillante Mendoza, Best Director winner
Dingdong Dantes, Best Actor winner
Nora Aunor, Best Actress winner and Female Star of the Night
Cesar Montano, Best Supporting Actor winner
Apl.de.ap, Best Original Theme Song performer (with Jamir Garcia)
Joseph Estrada, Male Star of the Night
Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Child Performer Best Original Story
Best Screenplay Best Production Design
Best Editing Best Musical Score
Best Sound Recording Best Original Theme Song
Best Visual Effects Best Make-up
  • Warren Munar, Benny Batoctoy and Virginia Apolinario - El Presidente
Best Cinematography Best Float
Most Gender- Sensitivity Film Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards
Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence

New Wave category

Best New Wave Full-Length Film Special Jury Prize
  • The Grave Bandits - Tyrone Acierto
  • Ad Ignorantiam - Quantum Films
Best New Wave Actor Best New Wave Actress
  • Allan Paule - Gayak
  • Liza Dino - In Nomine Matris
Gender Sensitivity Award Best New Wave Director Award
  • In Nomine Matris - Mr. Will Fredo
  • Tyrone Ancierto - The Grave Bandits
Short Film Category
Best Student's Short Film Award Most Gender Sensitive Award
Special Jury Prize

1st CinePhone Film Festival

Luzon Visayas
  • The Boy, the Girl and the Traffic Man - Ateneo de Davao University
  • Bulgaran sa Daan - Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International High School

Special awards

Youth Choice Award for Best FilmEl Presidente
Female Star of the NightNora Aunor
Male Star of the NightJoseph Estrada
SMDC Female Celebrity of the NightBianca King
SMDC Male Celebrity of the NightZanjoe Marudo
Youth Choice Award for Best FilmEl Presidente

Multiple awards

Mainstream films with multiple awards

The following films received one or multiple awards:

Awards Film
7 El Presidente
Thy Womb
6 One More Try
2 Sisterakas
1 Shake, Rattle and Roll Fourteen: The Invasion

Indie films with multiple awards

The following films received one or multiple awards:

Awards Film
2 The Grave Bandits
In Nomine Matris
1 Ad Ignorantiam

Box Office gross

The Metro Manila Development Authority was criticized for only releasing the official earnings of the Top 4 films in the days leading up to the festival's conclusion.

Entry Gross Ticket Sales
December 25[19] December 26[20] December 27[21] December 31[22] January 1[23] January 8[24]
Sisterakas ₱ 39,194,312.65* ₱ 71,600,000* ₱ 101,000,000* ₱ 200,100,000* ₱ 231,878,445.67* ₱ 342,000,000*
One More Try ₱ 13,160,987.40 ₱ 24,400,000 ₱ 34,600,000 ₱ 76,600,000 ₱ 91,278,399.20 ₱ 170,500,000
Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako ₱ 29,393,219.10 ₱ 48,600,000 ₱ 61,000,000 ₱ 91,400,000 ₱ 104,458,871.19 ₱ 133,500,000
Shake, Rattle and Roll Fourteen: The Invasion ₱ 10,579,339.60 ₱ 19,200,000 ₱ 20,700,000 ₱ 30,600,000 ₱ 34,582,606.14 ₱ 45,300,000
The Strangers ₱ 4,902,627.00 ₱ 7,300,000
El Presidente ₱ 4,244,500.00 ₱ 7,100,000
Sosy Problems ₱ 3,036,408.75 ₱ 4,700,000
Thy Womb ₱ 908,859.00 ₱ 1,600,000
TOTAL ₱ 767,800,000.00


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  14. Julia Montes to do a horror movie Rod Magaru Website. Retrieved June 14, 2012
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  16. Mike Frialde (December 11, 2012). "MMDA screens student films as part of MMFF". Philippine Star. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  17. "MMFF 2012 Winners". Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  18. http://noypistuff.blogspot.com/2012/12/38th-metro-manila-film-festival-mmff.html
  19. Miguel Dumaual (December 27, 2012). "How the 8 MMFF films ranked on first day". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  20. "2012 MMFF grosses P79.06M on 2nd day". Philippine Star. December 28, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  21. Bayani San Diego (December 28, 2012). "'Sisterakas' still top grosser among MMFF entries". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  22. "MMFF Continues to Rake in Ticket Sales". Manila Bulletin. January 2, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2015 via HighBeam Research. (subscription required (help)).
  23. Bayani San Diego (January 2, 2013). "'Sisterakas' still tops MMFF on 2nd week". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  24. "2012 Metro Manila Film Festival Earns Record-breaking P767.8 Million". Metro Manila Development Authority. January 10, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2015.

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Preceded by
2011 Metro Manila Film Festival
Metro Manila Film Festival
Succeeded by
2013 Metro Manila Film Festival
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