Eddie Garcia and Gloria Romero Haul Awards at MMFF 2018

The cast and crew of "Rainbow's Sunset"

The big winner at this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival was Joel Lamangan’s Rainbow’s Sunset, headlined by veteran actors Eddie Garcia and Gloria Romero, also featuring a star-studded cast of Tony Mabesa, Tirso Cruz III, Aiko Melendez, Sunshine Dizon, and Max Collins.

The film swept nearly all the acting categories with Mabesa for Supporting Actor, Melendez for Supporting Actress, and the 85-year-old Romero for Leading Actress winning for their roles. Garcia lost the Best Actor bet to Dennis Trillo of One Great Love, but the 89-year-old acting legend still went home with a Special Jury Prize (as did Collins).

Lamangan won the Best Director award, and on behalf of the cast and crew received the top prize as the MMMF’s Best Picture, topping Aurora (2nd Best Picture) and One Great Love (3rd Best Picture).

Some of the minor awards that Rainbow’s Sunset also garnered were Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, and Best Original Theme Song for “Sa’yo Na” by Ice Seguerra.

The film also received the Gat. Antonio J. Villegas Award, a prize that honors the former mayor of Manila by awarding the film with the best portrayal of Filipino culture.

Other winners of MMFF 2018 are as follows:
– Best Float, Jack Em Popoy
– Best Child Performer – Phoebe Villamor for  Aurora
– Best Short Film, Bulacan State University
– Best Visual Effects, Aurora
– Best Sound Design, Aurora
– Best Musical Score, One Great Love
– Best Editing, Jam Em Popoy
– Best Cinematography, Aurora
– FPJ Memorial Award, Jack Em Popoy
– ‘Scratch It’ Lucky Male and Female Star of the Night Award – Jericho Rosales and Anne Curtis

All photos by Rio Deluvio for Manila Bulletin

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