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Saturday, December 31, 2016

HOOQ supports the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 Awards Night

Prior to HOOQ's MMFF 2016 Awards Night, we have managed to watch one entry which is Die Beautiful at Gateway Cinema. I love the movie, it was entertaining and never boring and swear that Paolo Ballesteros' side kick, Christian Bables should bag an award for his role as the ever loyal BFF/Make Up Artist, Beaucon partner.

After the movie, I roamed around Araneta Center's Gateway and window shopped for an hour.  At exactly, 6:00 pm, I proceeded to Kia Theatre and got my media pass from Ed Uy and had the nicest seat of the night together with the Entertainment bloggers and HOOQ officers. We were seated in front of  the Vince & Kath & James lead stars.  So I had an opportunity to get a selfie from Ronnie Alonte who was as always cute and dapper in his suit.

We finished the awards night and was surprised that Erik Matti’s Seklusyon proved to be the big winner at the 42ND METRO MANILA FILM FESTIVAL GABI NG PARANGAL held December 29, 2016 at the Kia Theater, Araneta Center Cubao Quezon City.

The movie brought home eight awards including Best Director for Erik Matti; Best Supporting Actress  Phoebe Walker; Special Jury Prize Rhed Bustamante;  Best Screenplay; Best Sound; Best Production Design; Best Cinematography and Best Theme Song for Dominus Miserere.

Best Supporting Actress  Phoebe Walker;

Special Jury Prize Rhed Bustamante

I was just aiming for the Best in Cinematography and Best in Production Design in Seklusyon.. It was their night indeed.

Here is the complete list of winners of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival Awards Night co-presented by HOOQ.

Best Picture - Sunday Beauty Queen
Best Director - Erik Matti (Seklusyon)
Best Actress - Irma Adlawan (Oro)
Best Actor - Paolo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful)
Best Supporting Actress - Phoebe Walker (Seklusyon)
Best Supporting Actor - Christian Bables (Die Beautiful)
Children's Choice - Saving Sally, Sunday Beauty Queen and Vince & Kath & James
People's Choice - (voted online) Die Beautiful
Best Cast Ensemble - Oro
Special Jury Prize - Rhed Bustamante (Seklusyon)
Best Screenplay - Seklusyon
Best Sound - Seklusyon
Best Musical Score - Saving Sally
Best Theme Song – Dominus Miserere (Francis De Veyra) Seklusyon
Best Production Design - Seklusyon
Best Editing - Sunday Beauty Queen
Best Cinematography - Seklusyon
FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence - Oro
Gatpuno Antonio J Villegas Cultural Award - Sunday Beauty Queen
Best Float - Die Beautiful 

HOOQ, Asia’s largest video-on-demand service, furthers its commitment in uplifting the quality of Filipino movies as it remained the exclusive presenter of the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival and its New Wave category.

“In a year marked by big changes in the MMFF, we are proud to say that our full support for the biggest movie festival in the country has remained the same" says Jane Cruz-Walker, HOOQ Philippines Country Manager.

 “We welcome another year of partnership with the Metro Manila Film Festival, and we are proud to be part of the festival as it takes brave new steps in focusing on quality films, fresh casting choices and new approaches to filmmaking,” she added.
“With HOOQ and the MMFF working together, we’ve answered the call of movie fans who want to enjoy watching their favorite films and TV shows wherever and whenever they want; through streaming and downloading of award-winning and quality locally-produced films.”
  In his speech Metro Manila Development Authority Tim Orbos said, “We are gathered here together not only to seek change but also to look back to the original theme of the MMFF which is to be a festival that celebrates Filipino artistic excellence.”

Change is never easy, it is a difficult path, but thanks to the MMFF Executive Committee we are here today amidst change. We believe that what we did with the MMFF this year may not be recognized now, but it will be appreciated by future generations. It is not about the money, it is about what we can give to our children later on by promoting quality films in the Philippines.”


Sunday Beauty Queen, the very first documentary to be included in the annual festival was chosen as Best Picture.

Irma Adlawan won the coveted Best Actress category for the movie Oro, while Paolo Ballesteros  was chosen as Best Actor for his performance in ­Die Beautiful. Newcomer Christian Bables got the most cheers after being named Best Supporting Actor for his role as Barbs in Die Beautiful.

Christian Bables, Best Supporting Actor for Die Beautiful

HOOQ likewise gave out its own set of awards for the Short Films category including Best Screenplay: Mitatang; Best Director: Jarell Serencio Mga Bituin sa Siyudad; Special Jury Prize for Manila Scream; and Best Picture for EJK.

Ronnie Alonte and Rhiann Ramos meanwhile, were recognized as the HOOQ Male and Female Celebrities of the Night for their stunning looks at the red carpet.

HOOQ is the home of the largest collection of Pinoy movies and TV series spanning almost five decades, including close to a hundred winners and finalists of the Metro Manila Film Festival such as “Baler”, “Tanging Yaman”, “Muro Ami”, “Imortal”, the beloved franchises such as “Mano Po”, “Tanging Ina” “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and many more. New additions on HOOQ from the MMFF past entries include 2013’s “Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay”, “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” as well as the 2015 finalist “Haunted Mansion”.

According to Jeffrey Remigio, Content and Programming Head of HOOQ Philippines, they are also working on adding more past MMFF winners to HOOQ’s carefully curated library of Filipino titles.

The partnership with the MMFF led to the creation of a new category called “HOOQ Short Films”. With HOOQ the MMFF has found the perfect platform to showcase the films of these new breed of movie makers and at the same time address the growing needs of the digital natives through streaming and download of the finalists’ short film entries and watch them at their own time.

Each HOOQ Short Film was partnered with a long-form finalist and were screened during the MMFF regular theater run from December 25 to January 3.  Each short film runs under 5 minutes and will be available on HOOQ shortly after conclusion of the Metro Manila Film Festival.

“Last year, we saw a lot of very interesting entries that surprised us with their quick narratives and creative storytelling techniques,” said Remigio, HOOQ Philippines Director of Content. “HOOQ believes in nurturing these next generation of film makers by providing them a platform where more audiences can view their movies.”

“The world has began to take notice of the best content Philippine cinema can offer, by supporting these young filmmakers, HOOQ is also investing in the future of entertainment,” he adds Remigio.

The festival kicked off with the annual Parade of Stars on December 23 which began at the Manila City Hall at Nicanor Lopez Street and ended at Plaza Miranda—the original route used in the very first MMFF Float Parade.

Among the stars that participated in the Grand Parade of Stars  were Nora Aunor, Eugene Domingo, Paolo Ballesteros, Kean Cipriano, Julia Barretto, Joshua Garcia, Ronnie Alonte, Dominic Roque, Mercedes Cabral and many others.

Bela Padilla also joined the parade aboard HOOQ’s OTJ float. Padilla is one of the lead stars of the upcoming series OTJ: The Missing 8, the very first original local content produced exclusively for the video on demand service.

HOOQ, a start-up venture between Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros., is an award-winning service that empowers customers with unlimited online streaming access and an offline viewing option to top Hollywood and Filipino movies and television content, on any device including computers, smartphones tablets, smart TVs via Google Chromecast and now also on Airplay and mobile web.

How to get HOOQ
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