The Metro Manila Film Fest was held last December. It is the time of the year when most of Metro Manila residents get saturated with Filipino films and time for most film producers to make “better than usual” films (well, film makers are expected to make quality films every time but the Manila Film Fest is quite different).
Anyway, I’m not writing much about the film fest but a report over Inquirer.net became too irresistible not to throw a reaction. The report was about Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s complaints about last year’s Film Fest despite winning an award. He called on Malacañang to return the management of the MMFF to the film industry “such as the Mowelfund or the Film Academy of the Philippines.” Former President Joseph Estrada established the Mowelfund, a nonprofit, nonstick institution founded in 1974 to provide an education benefits to some 4200 marginalized workers of the film industry.
The report further said that the younger Estrada claimed that “since the mayors took over the film fest sometime during the Corazon Aquino administration, the quality of films had deteriorated.” The report also said that the younger Estrada claimed that “every year, the film fest was embroiled in a lot of controversies.”
Indeed, quoting Jinggoy:
the quality of films had deteriorated
and he won best actor!?
I remember him saying in one report in the previous year, that the Arroyo government is illegitimate but he did decide to join the Senatorial race. hmm… illegitimate… I rest my fingers, I’ll let you finish my argument. 😉