IN PHOTOS: The Metro Manila Film Festival 2017 Gabi ng Parangal
MANILA, Philippines – The annual Metro Manila Film Festival awards night was held on Wednesday, December 27 with the movies Ang Larawan and Siargao scoring the most number of awards.
Ang Larawan, which is based on Nick Joaquin's A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, took some of the big awards including Best Actress for Joanna Ampil, first Best Picture, and the Gatpuno Antonio J Villegas Cultural Award.
Siargao meanwhile took second Best Picture, Best Director for Paul Soriano, and Best Supporting Actress for Jasmine Curtis- Smtih.
Derek Ramsay meanwhile won his second MMFF Best Actor award for All of You, while Edgar Allan Guzman won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Deadma Walking.
A special Jury Prize was also given to the late Nick Joaquin, which was accepted by the movie's producers Celeste Legaspi and Rachel Alejandro.
Coco Martin also received a special Jury Prize for his commitment to Philippine cinema. Ang Panday was also given the Fernando Poe Jr (FPJ) Memorial Award.
In a statement, Senator Grace Poe, the daughter of the late cinema legend, congratulated all the 8 films for a job well done. She also gave the reason for awarding Ang Panday the memorial award.
"The choice of Ang Panday as recipient of the FPJ Memorial Award is serendipitous; first, because it is a return of FPJ's legendary movie; second, because of its timely theme that highlights bravery leading to the triumph of good," Poe said.
"We need people of courage in our midst, who are selfless and willing to take risks. Every act of kindness is a heroic act. It need not be big all the time," she continued.
"The FPJ Memorial Award recipient for this year immortalizes my father's works and aspirations, not only for the local movie industry, but also for the ordinary Filipinos he loved," she added.
National artist Bienvenido Lumbrera was also honored during the awards night.
The awards night was hosted by Paolo Bediones, Cindy Miranda, and Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa.