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Tippy Dos Santos and Sam Concepcion in a scene from 'I Do Bidoo Bidoo'.

When it rains, it certainly pours.

Even as it has already snagged a whopping 11 nominations in the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Movies scheduled for March 10 at the AFP Theater in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, the recognitions for the movie musical, “I Do Bidoo Bidoo: Heto nAPO Sila” keeps on coming.

Early Friday morning, director Chris Martinez tweeted, “Pwede na i-announce #idobidoobidoo is in competition at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. Grazie!”

Dedicated to showcasing Asian Cinema at its best, the The Far East Film Festival was once dubbed as “The Richest Festival in Europe”. It has been held exclusively in the northeastern Italian city of Udine since 1999.

Reflecting the enduring history of favorable relations between North East Italy and the Far East, the filmfest attempts to “highlight the best of Asian cinema by focusing on a few movies that stood out above the rest in the preceding year”.

Martinez did not specify the details of the participation of “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” in the festival including which section it will compete. A check on the official website of the Far East Film Festival revealed that it has not yet posted the line-up of competing and exhibition films for its 15th edition, which will take place from April 19 to 27.

This will be the second international festival stint for the romantic dramedy set to the music of the Apo Hiking Society. Next month, “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” will compete at the Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan.

Since it opened in cinemas last August, the romantic-comedy musical based on the greatest hits of the Apo Hiking Society has garnered favorable reviews, including one from the New York Times that describes it “an exuberant if creaky Filipino musical that never lets story get in the way of its songs”.

At this year’s PMPC Star Awards for Movies, the film is nominated for Movie of the Year, Movie Director of the Year (Chris Martinez), Movie Supporting Actor of the Year and New Movie Actor of the Year (Neil Coleta), New Movie Actress of the Year (Tippy Dos Santos), Movie Screenwriter of the Year (Chris Martinez), Movie Cinematographer of the Year (Larry Manda), Movie Production Designer of the Year (Digo Ricio), Movie Editor of the Year (Randy Gabriel), Movie Musical Scorer of the Year (Vincent De Jesus), Movie Sound Engineer of the Year (Albert Michael Idioma).

Produced by Studio 5 and Unitel Productions, “I Do Bidoo Bidoo” stars Zsa Zsa Padilla, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Eugene Domingo, Sam Concepcion and Tippy dos Santos.