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‘10,000 Hours’ sweeps MMFF awards; Robin Padilla, Maricel Soriano win top acting honors

Robin Padilla raises his trophy after being hailed Best Actor at the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival awards night on Friday. (Teddy Pelaez/InterAksyon)

Turning down a chance to direct two of the Metro Manila Film Festival’s certified blockbusters in “My Little Bossings” and “Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel”, director Joyce Bernal instead opted to try something different in “10,000 Hours”.

The gambit paid off handsomely as the veteran filmmaker not only won her first Best Director trophy since helming her first film in 1998, her film also swept most of the MMFF awards at ceremonies held at the Meralco theater Friday night.

In her acceptance speech, Direk Joyce remembered to thank former senator and now Yolanda rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson for trusting her with his story. “10,000 Hours” is a fictionalized account of the senator’s life on the run after being charged with the Dacer-Corbito double murder case during the Arroyo administration.

The film won a total of 14 awards, including Best Picture, Best Story, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor for Pen Medina and Best Actor for Robin Padilla.

It is Robin’s first Best Actor award since 2006 when he won the FAMAS, Gawad Urian and the Golden Screen awards for his lead role in “La Visa Loca”. In “10,000 Hours”, he plays a senator who went into hiding in Amsterdam after being framed for a murder he didn’t commit by no less than the president of the Philippines.

“10,000 Hours” is also the first time Robin and Direk Joyce worked together on a project after working together four times in the films “Tunay na Tunay: Gets Mo, Gets Ko”, “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw”, “Buhay Kamao” and “Pagdating ng Panahon” from the year 2000 to 2001.

“I’ve read both the scripts of ‘Kimmy Dora’ and ‘My Little Bossings’. Dito lang talaga ako sa ‘10,000 Hours’ na-challenge, na para ma-iba lang talaga. Medyo naging mahirap ang desisyon kasi kaibigan ko so Kris Aquino and then company namin ang nag-produce ng ‘Kimmy Dora’ pero eto talaga ang gusto ko at nabiyayaan naman,” Direk Joyce told InterAksyon in a post-awards interview.

While the night clearly belonged to “10,000 Hours”, top grosser “My Little Bossings” bagged four awards namely 3rd Best Picture, Best Theme Song, Best Child Performer for Ryzza Mae Dizon and Best Supporting Actress for Aiza Seguerra.

“Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” won three awards: 2nd Best Picture, Best Actress for Maricel Soriano and Most Gender-Sensitive Film. The multi-awarded Diamond Star last won the MMFF Best Actress trophy in 2011 for Jun Lana’s “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow”. She was not around to accept her award, though.

“Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay” won Best Make-Up and the Youth Choice Award as selected by the National Youth Commission.

Other than the Best Festival Float honors, “Boy Golden Shoot to Kill: The Arturo Porcuna Story” failed to win any major and technical award. The film had received favorable reviews from critics and had been considered a strong contender for the top honors.

Films that failed to win a single award were “Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel”, “Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir” and “Kaleidoscope World”.

Just like last year, the awards night was hosted by Kris Aquino and KC Concepcion. Kris happily announced that according to Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, the opening day gross of this year’s film festival is 12 percent higher compared to last year’s opening day receipts.

The cast and crew of '10000 Hours' led by Robin Padilla and director Joyce Bernal (front row, third from right) after the conclusion of the MMFF awards night on Friday. (Teddy Pelaez/InterAksyon)

The complete winners:

Best Picture – “10,000 Hours”
3rd Best Picture Award – “My Little Bossings”
2nd Best Picture Award – “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy”
Best Director – Bb. Joyce Bernal for “10,000 Hours”
Best Actor – Robin Padilla for “10,000 Hours”
Best Actress – Maricel Soriano for “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy”
Best Supporting Actor – Pen Medina for “10,000 Hours”
Best Supporting Actress – Aiza Seguerra for “My Little Bossings”
Best Child Performer- Ryzza Mae Dizon for “My Little Bossings”
Best Story – Neil Arce, Peter Serrano, Bela Padilla and Bb. Joyce Bernal for “10,000 Hours”
Best Screenplay – Ryllah Epifania Berico and Keiko A. Aquino for “10,000 Hours”
Best Visual Effects – Central Digital Lab for “10,000 Hours”
Best Production Design – Joey Luna for “10,000 Hours”
Best Editor- Marya Ignacio for “10,000 Hours”
Best Cinematography – Marissa Floirendo for “10,000 Hours”
Best Sound Engineer – Emmanuel Clemente for “10,000 Hours”
Best Musical Score – Teresa Barrozo for “10,000 Hours”
Best Theme Song – Jan K. Ilacad for “My Little Bossings”
Best Make-up – Benny Batoctoy and Mountain Rock Productions for “Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay”
Best Festival Float – “Boy Golden Shoot to Kill: The Arturo Porcuna Story”
FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence – “10,000 Hours”
Gat Puno Villegas Cultural Award – “10,000 Hours”
Most Gender-sensitive Film – “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” (Main)
National Youth Commission Youth Choice Award – “Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay”
Best Picture for New Wave Full Length – “Dukit”
Best Director for New Wave Full Length – Armando Lao for “Dukit”
Best Actress for New Wave – Agot Isidro for “Mga Anino ng Kahapon”
Best Actors for New Wave – Bambalito Lacap, Willy Layug, Bor Ocampo for “Dukit”
New Wave Best Student Short Film Special Jury Prize – “#NoFilter” by Mapua Institute of Technology
New Wave Short Film Best Picture – “Ang Paglisan” by La Salle Lipa
Special Jury Prize for New Wave Animation – “Ang Lalong ni Kulakog” by Omar Aguilar
Best Animated Picture – “Kaleh and Mbaki” by Dennis Sebastian
Most Gender-sensitive Film – “Island Dreams” (New Wave)
Most Gender-sensitive Film – “Hintayin Mo sa Seq. 24” (Students Category)
Special Recognition Award – Optical Media Board Chairman Ronnie Ricketts
Mavshack Male Star of the Night – Daniel Padilla
Mavshack Female Star of the Night – Eugene Domingo