Unexpected “Sunday Beauty Queen” Wins Best Picture, Irma Adlawan Named MMFF Best Actress


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Congratulations to all the winners of the recently concluded 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 that was held at the KIA Theater in Cubao, Quezon City. It has been a remarkable year for this year’s MMFF that did away with the traditional films the movie goers got used to watching year in and year out. CHANGE was the significant essence.

Who would have thought a dark horse documentary like “Sunday Beauty Queen” would win Best Picture? And so they did with flying colors thanks to the stories of four real life Hongkong domestic helpers. Director Erik Matti did a back to back win as Best Director for his suspense thriller “Seklusyon” but was not around to accept his trophy. Also a no-show was the evening’s Best Actor and king of make up transformation Paolo Ballesteros for his remarkable role as Trisha Echevarria in “Die Beautiful” while seasoned theater actress and sought after “mother” Irma Adlawan of the advocacy film “Oro” finally brought home a Best Actress title upsetting Noranians in the audience who routed for superstar Ms. Nora Aunor’s “Kabisera”.

I was personally surprised that “Kabisera” did not win anything at all not even a special award considering it has a talented and award-winning ensemble cast led by Ms. Aunor. 

Heavily favored Best Supporting Actor and “Die Beautiful”s Christian Bables won for the coveted title while Phoebe Walker aka Sister Cecilia in “Seklusyon” was awarded Best Supporting Actress and very thankful for such honor she did not expect. 

  Here’s the complete list of the MMFF 2016 winners : 

  • Best Picture: Sunday Beauty Queen
  • Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Award: Sunday Beauty Queen
  • Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award: Oro
  • Best Director: Erik Matti, Seklusyon
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Paolo Ballesteros, Die Beautiful
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Irma Adlawan, Oro
  • Best Ensemble Cast: Oro
  • Special Jury Prize: Rhed Bustamante, Seklusyon
  • Best Screenplay: Seklusyon
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bables, Die Beautiful
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Phoebe Walker, Seklusyon
  • Best Cinematography: Seklusyon
  • Best Sound Design: Seklusyon
  • Best Theme Song: “Dominus Miserere” Seklusyon
  • Best Editing: Sunday Beauty Queen
  • Best Musical Score: Saving Sally
  • Best Production Design: Seklusyon
  • Best Float: Die Beautiful
  • 42nd MMFF My Most Favorite Film: Die Beautiful
  • Children’s Choice Award: Saving Sally, Sunday Beauty Queen, Vince & Kath & James
  • Male Celebrity of the Night: Ronnie Alonte
  • Female Celebrity of the Night: Rhian Ramos
  • Short Film – Best Screenplay: Mitatang
  • Short Film – Special Jury Prize: Manila Scream
  • Short Film – Best Picture: EJK
  • Short Film – Best Work for Children: Passage of Life
  • Best Short Film Director: Jarell Serencio for Mga Bitoon sa Siyudad

15726249_1537829236230531_67441350387843576_nChristian Bables and Gladys Reyes for “Die Beautiful” 
15781517_1538061832873938_3114806551113280742_nSeklusyon’s Phoebe Walker played a mysterious nun in the movie
15740742_1538224262857695_7256552639927599699_nTeam “Die Beautiful” with Director Jun Robles Lana, Best Supp Actor Christian Bables, Perci Intalan 
15780802_1537932379553550_7658799447286286851_nF emale Celebrity of the Night went to the ever gorgeous Rhian Ramos of “Saving Sally”

15781107_1538228056190649_100470046853751310_nSo happy and proud of my theater idol and seasoned Best Actress Ms. Irma Adlawan for her title role in “Oro”

15747870_1538220359524752_5073172111005740939_nBest Picture winners straight from Hongkong! Congrats to documentary “Sunday Beauty Queen” for the win! Hazel and Mylyn were so gorgeous in their long gowns!  Kudos direk Babyruth Villarama-Gutierrez.

15665666_1538202452859876_3321048606888529048_nWith director Jun Robles Lana and his “Die Beautiful” won four awards including Best Actor for Paolo Ballesteros and Best Supporting Actor Christian Bables.

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