Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story

Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tikoy Aguiluz
Gary dela Cruz (uncredited)
Produced by Leonard Villalon
Maylyn Villalon-Enriquez
Written by Roy Iglesias
Rey Ventura
Starring Jeorge "E.R." Estregan
Carla Abellana
Phillip Salvador
John Regala
Ronnie Lazaro
Baron Geisler
Music by Nonong Buencamino
Cinematography Carlo Mendoza
Edited by Jason Cahapay
Ryan Orduña
Mirana Medina-Bhunjun
Scenema Concept International
Distributed by VIVA Films
Release dates
  • December 25, 2011 (2011-12-25)
Running time
120 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog
Budget 70 million (estimated)
Box office ₱38.43 Million (as of January 7, 2012 - MMFF season)
₱50 Million (4 weeks) [1]

Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story is a 2011 multi-awarded Filipino biographical-crime film, winning 11 awards at the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival.[2] Produced by Scenema Concept International released by VIVA Films and under the direction of Tikoy Aguiluz, the film stars Jeorge "E.R." Estregan in the title role, with Carla Abellana and Phillip Salvador.


Manila Kingpin is based on the story of the notorious Tondo, Manila, gang leader Nicasio "Asiong" Salonga whose true-to-life accounts had been portrayed in several movie versions since 1961 (starring Joseph Estrada). It is also the first Filipino major film produced in black-and-white in the 21st century as well as the returning action genre movie.

Manila Kingpin is the replacing entry to the original projects "Mr. Wong" (starring Robin Padilla) and "Hototay" (Regal Films, starring Nora Aunor), after the latter two had backed out from the event.




Award Giving Body Award Result
37th Metro Manila Film Festival[3]
Best PictureWon
Best Festival Supporting ActorWon, ("John Regala")
Best Festival DirectorWon, ("Tikoy Aguiluz")
Best EditingWon, (Jason Canapay and Ryan Orduña) [4]
Best Festival Original StoryWon, ("Mel del Rosario")
Best Festival ScreenplayWon, (Roy Iglesias)
Best Festival Original Theme SongWon, ("La Paloma by Ely Buendia")
Best Festival CinematographyWon, ("Carlo Mendoza")
Best Festival Sound RecordingWon, ("Mike Idioma")
Best Festival Musical ScoreWon, ("Jessie Lazaten")
Best Production DesignWon, ("Fritz Siloria, Mona Soriano, and Ronaldo Cadapan")
Gatpuno Villegas Cultural AwardWon
Best Festival ActorNominated
Best Festival Visual EffectsNominated
Best Festival FloatNominated
Best Festival Original StoryNominated
28th PMPC Star Award Movie Director of the Year Won ("Tikoy Aguiluz")
Movie Actor of the Year Won ("Jeorge Estregan")
Movie Supporting Actor of the YearWon ("Baron Geisler")
Movie Original Screenplay of the Year Nominated
Movie Cinematographer of the YearWon ("Carlo Mendoza")
Movie Editor of the Year Won ("Jason Canapay & Ryan Orduna")
Movie Production Designer of the YearWon ("Fritz Silorio, Mona Soriano, Ronaldo Cadapan")
Movie Musical Scorer of the YearWon ("Jessie Lazaten")
Movie Original Theme Song of the YearWon ("Hari ng Tondo")
Golden Screen Awards 2012
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role-Drama, Musical or ComedyNominated ("John Regala")
Best CinematographerWon ("Carlo Mendoza")
Best EditingNominated ("Jason Canapay, Ryan Orduna")
Best Production DesignNominated ("Fritz Silorio, Mona Soriano, Ronaldo Cadapan")
Best SoundNominated ("Albert Michael Idioma")
Best Original SoundsNominated ("Albert Michael Idioma")
Gawad Pasado Awards 2012
PINAKAPASADOng AktorWon (Jeorge Estregan)
PINAKAPASADOng Disenyong PamproduksyonWon ("Fritz Silonio")
PINAKAPASADOng Paglalapat ng TunogWon ("Albert Michael Idioma")
60th FAMAS Awards 2012
Best PictureWon [5]
Best ActorWon (Jeorge Estregan)
Best Supporting ActorWon Baron Geisler
Best EditingWon ("Jason Cahapay, Mirana Medina-Bhunjun, Ryan Orduña")
Best CinematographyWon(Carlo Mendoza)
Best ThemesongWon (Denise Barbacena), Gloc-9
Best ScreenplayWon ("Roy Iglesias,Rey Ventura")
Best DirectorWon ("Tikoy Aguiluz")



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