One More Try (film)

One More Try

Theatrical movie poster
Directed by Ruel S. Bayani
Starring Angel Locsin
Angelica Panganiban
Dingdong Dantes
Zanjoe Marudo
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release dates
  • December 25, 2012 (2012-12-25)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog
Budget ₱15 million
Box office ₱213 million

One More Try is a 2012 Filipino drama film starring Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Dingdong Dantes and Zanjoe Marudo.[1][2] The film was one of the eight official entries to the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival.[3] The film was produced by Star Cinema and released December 25, 2012.

One More Try became a blockbuster hit, where it was hailed as the second top grosser of 2012 MMFF. The film earned numerous accolades. On the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival, the film won six awards including "Best Picture" and "Best Actor" for Dingdong Dantes.[4] On the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Movies, Angel Locsin won the "Best Actress" award. On the 61st FAMAS Awards, the film won two acting awards including Best Actress award for Locsin.


Grace (Angel Locsin) is a single mother willing to sacrifice everything to save her ill son, Botchok (Miguel Vergara). Grace lives a good life with her son and supportive boyfriend, Tristan (Zanjoe Marudo). When Botchok’s rare blood disease became severe, Grace was forced to reconnect with Botchok’s biological father, Edward (Dingdong Dantes). Edward, an accomplished man married to an equally successful Jacqueline (Angelica Panganiban), is uncomfortable with reconnecting with Grace. Having no children of their own, Jacqueline gives her blessings for Edward to reconnect with Grace to help save their son. The reconnection with Grace and Botchok starts to taint Edward and Jacqueline's marriage.




Angel Locsin, one of the female leads, stated in an interview that she initially hesitated to accept the role of Grace. She had doubts if she could portray the role of a mother because she has yet to experience being a mother in real life.[5]

Dingdong Dantes was cast as Edward. According to the director, Ruel S. Bayani, Dantes' acting performance in the horror film "Segunda Mano" (an MMFF movie entry garnering Dantes the best actor award) was one of the reasons why he was chosen for the role. Bayani added that they wanted to cast a new mix of actors for the film to give it a "different flavor".[6] This 38th MMFF entry marks Dingdong Dantes' second big screen project under Star Cinema after Segunda Mano.


The films official trailer was released on Star Cinema's YouTube account on November 30, 2012.[7]


The film's theme song is Angeline Quinto's cover of "Without You", originally sung by Joey Albert.


Critical reception

The film was graded "A" by the Cinema Evaluation Board, and it received R-13 rating by the MTRCB.[8]

Speculations surfaced about its uncanny similarity to the Chinese film In Love We Trust, released in 2007. Both movies have similar story lines. The initial booking title of "One More Try", per National Cinema Association of the Philippines, was "In Love We Trust".[9]

Box office

One More Try opened at third place with a first-day gross of ₱8.8 million in Metro Manila and ₱4.8 million in provinces for a total of ₱13.6 million nationwide behind Sisterakas and Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako, which opened in first and second place respectively. In the fourth day of showing, the film grossed with over ₱78 million which overtook Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako which grossed over ₱69 million.[10][11]

Television premiere

The film had its television premiere on October 27, 2013 in the cable channel Cinema One.


Awards and nominations

The film was proclaimed Best Picture during the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival Awards night.[12]

Award Giving Body Award Recipient(s) Result
38th Metro Manila Film Festival
Best Picture Won
Best Actor Dingdong Dantes Won
Best Actress Angel Locsin Nominated
Angelica Panganiban Nominated
Best Director Ruel S. Bayani Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Zanjoe Marudo Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Gina Pareño Nominated
Best Child Performer Miguel Vergara Won
Best Editing Vito Kahili Won
Best Screenplay Anna Karenina Ramos, Kriz Gazmen, Jay Fernando Won
Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence Won
29th PMPC Star Awards for Movies[13]
Movie of the Year Nominated
Movie Director of the Year Ruel S. Bayani Nominated
Movie Actress of the Year Angel Locsin Won
Angelica Panganiban Nominated
Movie Actor of the Year Dingdong Dantes Nominated
Movie Supporting Actor Zanjoe Marudo Nominated
Movie Child Performer of the Year Miguel Vergara Nominated
Movie Screenwriter of the Year Kriz Gazmen, Jay Fernando, and Anna Karenina Ramos Nominated
Movie Cinematographer of the Year Charlie Peralta Nominated
Movie Production Designer of the Year Nancy Arcega Nominated
Movie Editor of the Year Vito Cajili Nominated
Movie Musical Scorer of the Year Raul Mitra Nominated
Movie Sound Engineer of the Year Arnel Labayo Nominated
44th Box-Office Entertainment Awards[14]
Film Actor of the Year Dingdong Dantes Won
Film Actress of the Year Angel Locsin Won
Film Actress of the Year Angelica Panganiban Won
61st FAMAS Awards[15] Best Actress of the Year Angel Locsin Won
Best Actress of the Year Angelica Panganiban Nominated
Best Actor of the Year Dingdong Dantes Nominated
Best Supporting Actor of the Year Zanjoe Marudo Nominated
Best Supporting Actress of the Year Carmina Villaroel Nominated
Best Child Performer of the Year Miguel Vergara Won
10th Golden Screen Awards for Film Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Drama) Angelica Panganiban Nominated

See also


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