Words and photos by Niky Tamayo
Every year, the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) celebrates the best in Philippine Cinema... supposedly. In reality, unlike at Cannes and Sundance, the Best Picture Award at the MMFF often goes to fantasy films starring geriatric actors and half-naked starlets. Of course, when the award actually goes to a halfway deserving film, it doesn’t really matter. The tired old franchises that enter every year still earn several times as much... each.
On the other hand, you have the Philippine Car of the Year Awards, which are based on artistic merit rather than box-office gross, and more importantly, don’t close all the theaters in the Philippines for two weeks. Granted, awards night still has half-naked dancers, but that’s because it’s held at MIAS. Errr... this year, the Montero Sport won its fourth consecutive SUV category title. That’s as impressive as winning four Best Movie Awards in a row. Strangely, the Montero Sport also happens to be a best-seller. That’s akin to the “Manila Kingpin” outselling Vic and Bong combined.
But like the Kingpin, the Montero Sport has its share of faults. Suffice to say, it’ll never be best picture at Cannes. So why is it so popular?