Friday, December 9, 2016

2016 MMFF offers good quality & diverse genre films this Christmas season

“The eight entries of the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival offer a renaissance of good-quality Filipino films representing diverse genres and themes, and they shall be shown in all theaters starting Christmas day. This is our effort to introduce reforms and to encourage good quality Filipino movies,” MMFF leaders said at the December 8 “Pandesal Forum” with media of 77-year-old, artisanal Kamuning Bakery Café in Quezon City. They asked for public support for the 2016 MMFF by watching the films, by spreading news via word of mouth and social media, since they lack advertising resources and most of the entries were created by independent movie producers.


            Present at Kamuning Bakery Café were 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) leaders Executive Committee’s Boots Anson Roa Rodrigo and Moira Lang, 2016 MMFF Selection Committee Chairman Prof. Nic Tiongson and Krip Yuson, Congressman Alfred Vargas’ representative Noel Ferrer, filmmakers and actors of “Oro”, “Saving Sally” and “Kabisera” films led by directors Alvin Yapan and Avid Liongoren, actors Ricky Davao and Acey Aguilar and scriptwriter Charlene Rodriguez. Kamuning Bakery Café owner, Pandesal Forum moderator and Ricky Lee scriptwriting workshop graduate Wilson Lee Flores urged the public to watch all 8 MMFF films.


            Ever since writer and realty entrepreneur Wilson Lee Flores bought and revivedKamuning Bakery Cafe in 2014, it has been featured on TV by numerous local and even international TV shows such as those hosted by Anne Curtis, Kris Aquino, Marian Rivera, Jessica Soho and others. The old cafe was restored and re-opened on March 20, 2015 with actress Anne Curtis as its first guest.     


            Among the many showbiz, arts, literary, political and other celebrities who have patronized Kamuning Bakery Cafe for the past 77 years included TV5 founder and the late newspaper publisher Joaquin “Chino” Roces and his father the pre-war media tycoon Don Alejandro Roces. In fact, it was the elder Roces who had invited Kamuning Bakery Cafe founder Atty. Leticia “Letty” Bonifacio Javier to open Quezon City’s first bakery in 1939.


            Flores said that among the numerousKamuning Bakery Cafe customers included such showbiz names Gloria Romero, Boots Anson Roa (part of 2016 MMFF’s Executive Committee), Coney Reyes, the late Nida Blanca (whom writer Jose “Pete” Lacaba said loved the Pan de Coco breads), Amalia Fuentes, movie producer Mother Lily Y. Monteverde, National Artists for Music Levi Celerio & Felipe Padilla de Leon, the father and son Esmilla violinists, rock music icons Pepe Smith and Mike Hanopol, singers Noel Cabangon and Noynoy Zuñiga, singer Celeste Legaspi, the late actor Rudy Fernandez, Herbert Bautista (now Quezon City mayor), Richard Gomez, Ricky Davao, Cesar Montano, the late theater artist Zenaida Amador, actors Rogelio de la Rosa and Armando Goyena, movie scriptwriters Ricky Lee and Butch Dalisay, and many others.

            Supporting the Kamuning Bakery Cafe’s unique annual October 16 celebration of “World Pandesal Day” of giving away free pugon-baked pandesal breads included President Rody Duterte, ex-actor and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Cong. Imelda Romualdez Marcos, GMA 7 Chairman Atty. Felipe Gozon and actor Dingdong Dantes. The late President Cory C. Aquino, top food critic Dr. Doreen Fernandez and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno also patronized Kamuning Bakery Cafe.

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