PHOTOS: Solenn Heussaff marries Nico Bolzico in Argentina



MANILA, Philippines -Actress Solenn Heussaff got married to partner for over four years, Nico Bolzico in groom's hometown in Argentina, the couple's good friends confirmed the news on social media today, December 30.

Solenn Heussaff and Nico Bolzico get married in Argentina.
CONGRATULATIONS! Solenn Heussaff and Nico Bolzico get married in Argentina.
Photo Credit: Instagram/ Solenn Heussaff
Solenn Heussaff in simple but sexy dress during wedding day in Argentina.
Solenn Heussaff in simple but sexy dress during wedding day in Argentina.
Photo Credit: Instagram/ Solenn Heussaff
Model Isabelle Daza shared a “snap” with the caption "Mr and Mrs. Bolzico" on photo and video sharing app Snapchat.


Also present on their wedding day were close friends Georgina Wilson and Anne Curtis, who also shared their photos on Instagram.

A photo posted by Georgina Wilson (@ilovegeorgina) on

A photo posted by isabelledaza (@isabelledaza) on

The 30-year-old Filipina-French celebrity Heussaff and businessman Bolzico had been living in together as a couple for more than two years before they got engaged in December last year.

Solenn Heussaff and Nico Bolzico
Solenn Heussaff and Nico Bolzico. Photo Credit: Instagram/ Solenn Heussaff
In an interview on 'The Tim Yap Show' in May this year, Heussaff said she wanted their wedding to be private.

"It will be… far away from the Philippines. No media… I just want my closest friends there. When it happens, you'll know but I won’t tell anyone my preparations. That’s my moment."



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OFFICIAL: MMFF rakes in P468 million after 4 days, names Top 4 Films



MANILA, Philippines - The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has raked in P 468 million in box-office gross after 4 days in theaters of 8 competing entries since its opening last December 25.

Beauty and the Bestie vs. My Bebe Love

The official 4-day gross (December 25-28) was announced online Tuesday night, December 29, 2015.

According to MMFF, the top 4 films in no particular order are are: "My Bebe Love:#KiligPaMore" starring Vic Sotto, AiAi de las Alas and the "AlDub" love team Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza; "Beauty and the Bestie," which stars Vice Ganda, Coco Martin and the hottest love team of James Reid and Nadine Lustre (JaDine); "All You Need is Pag-ibig" starring Kris Aquino; and "Haunted Mansion" starring Janella Salvador.

Dominic Du, a member of the MMFF executive committee said the gross earnings this year is higher by 9 million compared to P459 million of the same period in 2014.


In an interview by Interaksyon, Du said the ranking of the top 4 entries may change in January 1.

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN reported a total gross of P476 million as of 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29 based from the data of MMFF Executive committee.

MMFF topgrossers


The updated list of MMFF topgrossers includes "#WalangForever" starring Jericho Rosales and Jennylyn Mercado on top 5 spot.

"Beauty and the Bestie" and "My Bebe Love" are in tight race for box-office lead according to TV Patrol report. MMFF spokesperson Marichu Maceda said that the difference between the earnings of the two films stands at more or less P1 million as of 2 p.m., Tuesday.

"Beauty and the Bestie" and "My Bebe Love"


MMFF did not announce figures for each film to protect other entries in the festival such as "Buy Now Die Later," "Nilalang" and "Honor Thy Father."  - TheSummitExpress.com



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Filipino construction worker Joselito Zapanta executed in Saudi Arabia



MANILA, Philippines- A 35-year-old Filipino construction worker identified as Joselito Lidasan Zapanta was executed on Tuesday, December 29 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after being convicted of murder with robbery.

Joselito Zapanta was sentenced to death after being convicted of murder with robbery.
Joselito Zapanta was sentenced to death after being convicted of murder with robbery.
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/CLTV 36
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Zapanta was sentenced to death after the family of the Sudanese victim, Imam Ibrahim, refused to give an “Affidavit of Forgiveness or Tanazul in exchange of blood money”. It was reported that the crime committed in April 2010 originated from a rental dispute.

DFA spokesperson Charles Jose told Rappler in a text message: “The Philippine government has undertaken and exhausted all diplomatic and legal efforts, and extended consular and legal assistance to preserve the life of Mr Zapanta. The Philippine government provided the late Mr Zapanta all necessary assistance and ensured that his legal rights were observed throughout the whole judicial process.”

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday expressed his sympathies to the family and said the Office of the Vice President (OVP), which is in charge of OFW affairs, also exhausted all remedies to save Zapanta’s life including a personal written appeal to the King of Saudi Arabia.

From November 28 to December 2, in March 2013 and in November 2012, the government “arranged and funded the jail visits” of Zapanta’s mother and sister to the Malaz Central Prison.

Zapanta’s family including his father, mother, sister and two children will continue to receive assistance from the government.

Zapanta’s remains will not be repatriated

In an interview with radio dzBB, Jose revealed that Zapanta’s body was immediately buried following the execution as it is a common practice of the Saudi government. Zapanta had converted to Islam years ago and such practice is also in accordance with the Islam burial tradition.

Although the DFA informed Zapanta’s family that he could be executed anytime, the Philippine government was not informed about the exact date and time of the convicted Filipino’s execution.

A report by dzBB divulged that the government failed to raise the P48 million blood money demanded by the Riyadh court in order to save Zapanta’s life. Last December 16, Mona, Zapanta’s mother, made an appeal for help from the public as they have raised P23 million for the blood money. - Mini/TheSummitExpress



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Why 'Goodbye Bading' trended online?



MANILA, Philippines - 'Goodbye Bading' trended online Tuesday afternoon as the authority found this so called biggest illegal firecracker in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Biggest illegal firecracker PNP has discovered "Goodbye Bading."
Biggest illegal firecracker PNP has discovered "Goodbye Bading." Photo Credit: Chiara Zambrano/Twitter
'Goodbye Bading' trends on Twitter Philippines
'Goodbye Bading' trends on Twitter Philippines
The firecracker "Goodbye Bading" (Goodbye Gays) according to the Philippine National Police (PNP) is one of the most dangerous firecrackers which was discovered since 2012.

The PNP is also monitoring the sale of illegal firecrackers like 'Hello Colombia' and 'Goodbye Philippines.'

Illegal firecracker named "Hello Colombia" found in Bocaue
Illegal firecracker named "Hello Colombia" found in Bocaue. Photo Credit: Chiara Zambrano/Twitter

Illegal firecrackers 'Goodbye Philippines' discovered in Bocaue
Illegal firecrackers 'Goodbye Philippines' discovered in Bocaue. Photo Credit: Phyro/Twitter

PNP said these firecrackers violated safety standards under Republic Act 7183.

The Department of Health (DOH) strongly advised parents not to allow children to use firecrackers during the holiday season, especially in welcoming the New Year. DOH reiterates the risks of injuries brought about by unsafe use of fireworks and firecrackers.

'Wag Pasaway sa Paputok Goodbye Kamay!
Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Monday, December 7, 2015



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Duterte-Cayetano dreams of a drug-free Philippines



MANILA, Philippines - Sharing the dreams of parents and Filipino families of a "drug-free Philippines", the tandem of presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte and Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano is eyeing on taking down half of the 3-5 thousand drug lords in the country through an "all-out war against drugs."

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. Photo: Facebook/Alan Cayetano
Speaking in his Sunday television program, Gikan sa masa, para sa masa, Duterte said the drug problem in the country has worsened to such a degree that it has become a threat to national security.

"In some places in the country, the drug menace has become so bad that drug users have resorted to paying for drugs not with cash but with goats and livestock," Duterte said.

The tough-talking mayor said he will not hesitate to use the military and the police and exercise the extraordinary powers of the president to stop the country's drug problem. "In three to six months, everything has to stop. Corruption, drug, criminality. You are oppressing the Filipinos, and I hate it," Duterte said, referring to criminals.

For his part, Cayetano said they have a comprehensive plan and stategy as well as the political will to win the war against drugs. Part of the strategy is the dual task of disciplining and improving the salaries and benefits of the police/Law enforcers.

"Under a Duterte-Cayetano government, minimum take home pay for law enforcers will be at P 50-60 thousand plus allowances. We will also impose harsh punishment for 'banta salakay' law enforcers. We will leave no excuses for corruption nor sleeping on the job," Cayetano said.

Cayetano said they received reports that big drug syndicates based in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao have linked up to put up a united front against their electoral campaign.

"We will not be cowed. We will hit them where it hurts the most. We will strike at the belly of the beast. We will bring the war to their doorsteps," Cayetano quoting Duterte.

"For the sake of our families' safety and the future of our children, Mayor Duterte and I will end this social menace. Hindi na pwede ang pateka teka. Sawa na tayo sa pamedya medya. Panahon na para sa matapang na solusyon at mabilis na aksyon laban sa salot na droga sa ating bansa. To our growing supporters, stay calm. Change is coming," Cayetano ended.

Before Duterte entered the political picture, the issue of illegal drugs was not in the front and center of the electoral agenda. With Duterte running as President many look forward to him to end the country's growing drug problem.



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Supreme Court issues TROs on Grace Poe's disqualification



MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday, December 28, issued two temporary restraining orders (TROs) against the ruling of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) cancelling Certificate of Candidacy of presidential aspirant Grace Poe for the May 2016 elections.

Senator Grace Poe/Facebook
Photo Credit: Senator Grace Poe/Facebook
"A temporary restraining order is issued, effective immediately and until further orders from this court, ordering you, respondent Comelec, your agents, representatives or persons acting in your place or stead, to cease and desist from implementing the assailed Comelec en banc resolution dated December 23, 2015," SC said.


The petition for certiorari with prayer for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the poll body's ruling was filed by Poe's lawyer, George Garcia also on Monday.

"The Supreme Court has the sole authority to decide on questions of qualification, and to uphold with finality the people's right to choose the nation's leader," Poe, the leading candidate for President, said.

"I am optimistic that the high court, or Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, herself, will not only act expeditiously, but positively on the case to grant the temporary restraining order we are seeking," she added.

The Supreme Court is on recess until January 10, but its rules allow the Chief Justice to act on urgent cases without holding a session of the justices.

The SC has set Poe's petitions for oral arguments on January 19.

"I am putting my fate in the hands of the Supreme Court. We remain confident that our Justices will protect the rights of foundlings like me to run for public office. We enjoin the public to keep a keen eye on the proceedings and the decision on the case," Poe said.

"My lawyers have put forward strong evidence, relevant court discussions and principles, and jurisprudence that would show that I am a natural born Filipino with at least 10 years' residency in the Philippines," she added.

Last December 23, the COMELEC en banc granted the four petitions seeking to disqualify Poe from the presidential race. The poll body gave Poe's camp five days to seek relief from the Supreme Court.

Poe's name will remain in the ballot, according to the COMELEC, as the disqualification process has not run its full course.

"My hopes are high that what would be forthcoming is the high court's prompt correction of the COMELEC's ruling, which would affirm my standing as a candidate for President in May 2016," she said.



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MMFF 2015 Update: 'My Bebe Love,' 'Beauty and the Bestie' lead box-office race (Day 3)



MANILA, Philippines - The romantic comedy film 'My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore' and comedy-action movie 'Beauty and the Bestie' are in tight race for the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) box-office based on the latest figures released by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for three-day period in theaters.

 'My Bebe Love,' 'Beauty and the Bestie' lead MMFF 2015 box-office race (Day 3)


In a report to Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP), MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said 'My Bebe Love' is leading with P159 million citing data from December 25 to 4p.m. of December 27 (Day 3.)

UPDATE: OFFICIAL: MMFF rakes in P468 million after 4 days, names Top 4 Films

Produced by five giant film outfits OctoArts Films, MZET, APT, MEDA, and GMA Films, 'My Bebe Love' stars veteran comedians Vic Sotto and Ai Ai delas Alas and breakout stars of 2015, the AlDub loveteam composed of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza.

Meanwhile, Star Cinema and Viva Fims movie 'Beauty and the Bestie' raked in P131 million in the same period. The flick stars box-office comedian Vice Ganda, 'King of Teleserye' Coco Martin and bankable loveteam of JaDine (James Reid and Nadine Lustre.)

Jericho Rosales and Jennylyn Mercado -led movie '#WalangForever' entered the top 3 slot with P36 million. Both stars won the top acting awards in the recently concluded MMFF Awards night.

READ: COMPLETE LIST: Winners, MMFF 2015 awards night

'Haunted Mansion' starring Janella Salvador, Marlo Mortel, Jerome Ponce placed fourth with P29 million.

Here's the Summary of Box-office Gross (as of December 27, 2015 at 4PM)

1. My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore - P159M
2. Beauty and the Bestie - P 131M
3. #Walang Forever - P 36M
4. Haunted Mansion - P 29M

MMDA did not announce figures for other MMFF entries All You Need is Pag-ibig, Buy Now Die Later, Nilalang and Honor Thy Father. - TheSummitExpress.com



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Netizens express mixed reactions on MMFF 2015 Awards results, scandals



MANILA, Philippines - The 41st Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards night is over but netizens expressed their dismay and sentiments over the results with '#RIPMMFF2015' and '#MMFF2015Scandal' trended on social media early Monday, December 28.

My Bebe Love' stars Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza
'My Bebe Love' stars Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza (L) and 'Honor Thy Father' director Erik Matti (R)
Photo Credit: Maine Mendoza and Erik Matti/Twitter
Newcomer 'Yaya Dub' won Best Supporting Actress Award

While the AlDub Nation (fans of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza) are rejoicing for her first acting award as she won the Best Supporting Actress trophy for 'My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore' movie, some netizens questioned if Yaya Dub really deserves her latest achievement.




But instead of bashing Maine, some netizens believed that the MMFF committe should be blamed on how they chose the winners.

netizens dismayed over MMFF results
Photo Credit: Twitter/@xcpaultigs


Fans also defended the 'Eat Bulaga' star and expressed disappointments on how other fandoms reacted to the issue.

AlDub reactions Maine best supporting actress
Photo Credit: Twitter/@ElanGabby
On Monday, Maine Mendoza who is currently on her vacation in Japan reacted to all the bashers and thanked fans for the support.



'Honor Thy Father' Disqualification Case draws sentiments

Erik Matti, the director of the controversial film 'Honor Thy Father' (Con-Man) was a no-show at the recently cocluded MMFF Awards night. But instead, he gave his his acceptance speech read by Shiel Calde of Reality Entertainment at the ceremony.

The speech highlights Matti's disappointments on MMFF trends and encouraged change in the Philippine film industry.

"Sa kabila ng lahat, magandang gabi pa rin sa inyo.

Kahit kailan po, hindi ako gumawa ng pelikula para magka-award. At kung may mga reklamo man ako sa MMFF, hindi ‘yan tungkol sa pagdisqualify niyo sa Honor Thy Father from the Best Picture category. Naglabas na ng statement ang producer namin na si Dondon Monteverde. Sang-ayon ako sa mga sinabi niya doon. Mas malalim kesa d’yan ang disappointment ko sa MMFF.

Mula sa pagpili niyo ng mga sineng isasali hanggang sa pagkunsinti niyo sa masahol na trato ng mga sinehan sa ibang pelikula, lalo na ng maliliit na producers, para sa isang die-hard movie fan na gaya ko, hindi ko na halos makilala ang film festival na dati kong hinangaan at nirespeto.

Maraming salamat na lang sa libreng publicity at higit sa lahat, sa pagbukas ng pinto para pag-usapan na sa wakas ng filmmakers pati ng moviegoers ang mga hinahangad nilang pagbabago sa MMFF.

Sa lahat naman ng Pilipinong hindi pa rin nagsasawang manood ng mga gawa namin dito, salamat sa inyo. You deserve better. Kaya tulungan niyo naman kami. Demand for better films! Demand for more choices in the cinemas! Kaya pa natin baguhin ‘to. Hindi ako titigil kung hindi rin kayo titigil.

Hindi na ito tungkol sa Honor Thy Father. Buong industriya ng paggawa at panonood sa pelikulang Pilipino ang usapan na ‘to. Kaya, salamat na rin sa inyo, MMFF. Binuhay niyo ang pag-asa ko para sa pagbabago."

On Twitter, Matti posted sentiments on alleged 'MMFF 2015 Scandal.'





Netizen Kip Oebanda on Facebook shared his reaction on the disqualification of 'Honor thy Father' and said it is an issue of governance.

"1. I am not discrediting the results. I think that everyone is a victim in this instance. The director of #WalangForever herself has expressed dismay at the disqualification on Twitter. The loss of credibility of the awards is a structural issue. A transparency issue. 2. This is not an argument for the quality. I am not saying one kind of film is better than the other. I will keep that judgment to myself . 3. I am not flat out accusing MMDA of corruption. I am merely pointing out structural problems that could inevitably lend itself to corruption or the perception of corruption. Being perceived as corrupt is pretty bad."

Do you think this alleged MMFF 2015 scandals will change next year's festival? Do you believe that the quality of our movies nowadays is degrading as more producers target is just to earn big money? - TheSummitExpress.com

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Maine Mendoza wins Best Supporting Actress at MMFF 2015



MANILA, Philippines - Maine Mendoza known as 'Yaya Dub' bagged her first acting award at the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) held on Sunday, December 27 at the Kia Theatre, Araneta Center in Quezon City.

Maine Mendoza wins MMFF acting award
CONGRATULATIONS. Maine Mendoza wins MMFF first acting award (best supporting actress).
Photo Credit: Maine Mendoza Instagram
MMFF organizing committee named Maine of the popular loveteam AlDub as the 'Best Supporting Actress' for her role in the Jose Javier Reyes film 'My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore.'

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The romantic comedy 'My Bebe Love' also stars her on-screen partner Alden Richards and veterans Vic Sotto and Ai Ai dela Alas.

In a report from GMA News, it says that 'My Bebe Love' broke record for the highest first day gross for any Filipino film after garnering P60.5 million total ticket sales last December 25.

'My Bebe Love' also won Festival 3rd Best Picture and Gat Puno Antonio Villegas Cultural Awards.

The phenomenal success of Maine started when she was accidentally paired with Alden in Eat Bulaga's Kalyeserye. She is known as the 'Dubsmash Queen' before entering the local showbusiness.

Among the awards she received in 2015 also include Most Popular Love Team (with Alden Richards) and Favorite Young Actress (5th OFW Gawad Parangal), People's Choice Award (with Alden Richards) at Stargate PeopleAsia Magazine; Breakthrough Performers of the Year (28th ALIW Awards), Most Phenomenal Endorsers ( 2015 COMGUILD Academy Choice Awards), German Moreno's Power Tandem Award (29th PMPC Star Awards for Television), Most Innovative TV Love Team (Illumine Innovative College Innovation Awards for Television), PushPlay Best Newcomer (Push Awards 2015), Golden Youth Award in the Field of Arts and Culture of Gems (2015 Gintong Kabataan (Golden Youth) Awards), citation (1st Catholic Social Media Awards) and Most Popular Breakout Love Team of the Year (EdukCircle Film and Television Awards).



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COMPLETE LIST: Winners, MMFF 2015 awards night



MANILA, Philippines - The 41st Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) organizers announced the complete list of winners and awardees for the 2015 film competition in the awards night held on Sunday, December 27 at the Kia Theatre, Araneta Center in Quezon City.

Winners, MMFF 2015 awards night

Eight (8) official entries have competed for the 2015 MMFF major award categories. 'Walang Forever' won six awards including Best Picture, Best Actress for Jennylyn Mercado and Best Actor for Jericho Rosales.

'Honor Thy Father' and 'Nilalang' also won big with 5 awards each.

READ: Netizens express mixed reactions on MMFF 2015 Awards results, scandals

Despite winning the Best Festival Director, Erik Matti did not attend the awards night. 'Honor Thy Father' was disqualified by the MMFF committe for the Best Picture category due to non-disclosure of the film's participation in the Cinema One Originals festival.

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Entries to MMFF 2015 also include 'Beauty and the Bestie,' 'My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore,' 'All You Need Is Pag-Ibig,' 'Haunted Mansion,' 'Buy Now, Die Later.'

8 Entries to MMFF 2015


This year's MMFF also includes 5 full-length entries under New Wave category. This includes 'Ari: My Life with a King,' 'Mandirigma,'Tandem,' 'Toto,' and 'Turo Turo.' Finalists were shown from December 17-24 at Glorietta 4, SM Megamall, and Robinsons Movieworld Cinemas.

Here is the complete list of winners for the 2015 MMFF (updated):

Major Awards
  • Best Picture: Walang Forever
  • Second Best Picture: Buy Now, Die Later
  • Third Best Picture: My Bebe Love
  • Best Actress: Jennylyn Mercado (Walang Forever)
  • Best Actor: Jericho Rosales (Walang Forever)
  • Best Director: Erik Matti (Honor Thy Father)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Maine Mendoza (My Bebe Love)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Tirso Cruz III (Honor Thy Father )
  • Best Child Performer: Krystal Brimner (Honor Thy Father )
  • Best Screenplay: Walang Forever
  • Best Original Story: Walang Forever
  • Best Editing: Nilalang
  • Best Cinematography: Nilalang
  • Best Production Design: Buy Now, Die Later
  • Best Visual Effects: Nilalang
  • Best Sound Engineer: Ditoy Aguila (Nilalang)
  • Best Musical Score: Jessy Lazatin (Nilalang)
  • Best Theme Song: Honor Thy Father
  • Best Festival Make-up Artist: Ryan and Ericka (Honor Thy Father)

Special Awards
  • Gat Puno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award: My Bebe Love
  • FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence: Walang Forever (plus P400,000 cash)
  • Male Celebrity of the Night: Cesar Montano
  • Female Celebrity of the Night: Jennylyn Mercado
  • Best Float Award: Buy Now, Die Later
  • Plaque of Appreciation: Francis Tolentino

41st MMFF New Wave Awards Night Winners

Full Feature Category
  • Best Picture: Ari: My Life with a King
  • Special Jury Prize: Toto
  • Best Director: John Paul Su (Toto)
  • Best Actor: JM De Guzman (Tandem) and Francisco Quinto (Ari: My Life with a King)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Thou Reyes (Toto)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Bibeth Orteza (Toto)
  • Best Screenplay: Robert Tantico (Ari: My Life With a King)
  • Manila Bulletin Best Feature Film: Ari: My Life With a King

Animation Category
  • Best Picture: Buttons (Marvel Obemio, Francis Ramirez & Jared Garcia)
  • Special Jury Prize: Little Lights (Rivelle Mallari)
  • Manila Bulletin Best Animation Film: Geo (John Aurthur Mercader)

Student Short Film Category
  • Best Picture: Mumu (Jean Cheryl Tagyamon)
  • Special Jury Prize: Daisy (Brian Reyes)
  • Manila Bulletin Best Short Film: Momento (Jan-Kyle Nieva)

The mainstream festival has kicked-off on Friday, December 25, 2015 and will have ongoing nationwide screening until January 7, 2016. During the festival, no foreign films are shown in Philippine cinemas in order to showcase locally produced films.

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By virtue of Metro Manila Commission Executive Order No. 86-09, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation Nos. 1459, 1485, 1533, 1533-A and 1647, the MMFF is held during the Christmas Season in recognition of the role of the film industry in providing artistic depictions of both this country's stories and history.

2015 is the first festival under the current organizing committee and MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos, after his predecessor Francis Tolentino resigned from his post in October 2015, to run for the Philippine Senate in the 2016 elections.

KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez host 2015 MMFF
KC Concepcion and Richard Gutierrez host 2015 MMFF. Photo Credit: @vyenskie211
The MMFF Awards Night (Gabi ng Parangal ) 2015 hosted by Richard Gutierrez and KC Concepcion was aired via delayed telecast at 9:00 p.m. Saturday on TV5 thru a co-production with Viva Entertainment. - TheSummitExpress.com

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MMFF issues statement on 'Honor Thy Father' disqualification from Best Picture Category



MANILA, Philippines - The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Executive Committee issued statement to clarify the misconceptions relating to the disqualification of Honor Thy Father (HTF) of Reality Entertainment Productions from the MMFF Best Picture Category of the MMFF 2015.

 'Honor Thy Father' disqualification from Best Picture Category
DISQUALIFIED? MMFF entry 'Honor Thy Father' received lightest sanction from festival committee.
Photo Credit: Reality Entertainment
Here's the full text of the statement:

Following the pullout of the 8th entry Ang Hapis at Himagsik ni Hermano Puli from the Festival, MMFF wrote to the producers of HTF dated October 21, 2015 informing them that they were the next-in-rank film for the Festival and requesting for a Producer’s Certification."

On October 22, 2015, the producer of the Film wrote the Executive Committee of MMFF that it has complied with all existing MMFF rules and regulations without mentioning its participation in another film festival. Having certified its compliance to all MMFF rules, it was officially included as an entry in the Film Festival on October 23, 2015.

Unknown to MMFF, HTF was slated to have an exhibition and was actually shown at the Cinema One Film Festival held on November 8, 2015. This was only officially revealed to the MMFF through their letter dated November 5, 2015, received on November 6, 2015, only two days before the showing, not giving the MMFF enough time to deliberate on the matter.

After a thorough, lengthy, and careful deliberation, the MMFF decided to impose the lightest sanction of disqualifying HTF from the selection as festival awardee for only the Best Picture category. MMFF could have imposed stiffer sanctions to the film, such as disqualification from all the awards or total disqualification from the Festival altogether.

Let it be forgotten, being included in the MMFF also comes with responsibilities. An official entry is expected to uphold and observe the Rules of the Festival.

On Saturday, a copy of letter addressed to Mr. Ronald Stephen Monteverde, producer of 'Honor Thy Father' surfaced online and has earned mixed reactions from netizens.

HTF, an Erik Matti film is a suspense crime film starring John Lloyd Cruz.

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Duterte, Cayetano promise 'merrier Christmas' for public school teachers in 2016



MANILA, Philippines - "The country's public school teachers will have a merrier Christmas under a Duterte-Cayetano government."

Duterte, Cayetano promise 'merrier Christmas' for public school teachers in 2016

This was the promise made today by presidential contender Davao City Mayor Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte and his running mate Senate Majority leader Alan Peter Cayetano.

The tandem said if elected in 2016, they will grant an additional P 10,000 compensation for public school teachers over and above the Salary Standardization Law (SSL).

"Tatapusin natin ang malulungkot na pasko ng ating mga guro. Hindi dapat sila tinitipid at kinakaligtaan. Makakaasa ang ating mga guro ng matapang na solusyon at mabilis na aksyon para itaas ang kanilang mga sahod at iba pang benepisyo," Cayetano said.

The senator lambasted the government's proposed salary increase for public school teachers calling it "inconsiderate" and "negligible."

Cayetano said the government's proposed entry-level position of teachers is to grant an additional amount of P2, 205.00 from the present P18, 549.00 or a meager increase of less than 12%, spread over a period of four years, making the annual increase of a little more than P500.00, the lowest in recent history.

"Instead of repairing the government's erroneous compensation scheme for teachers, which past and present salary laws classified teachers as among the lowest paid government professionals, its proposed salary increase only reinforced this flawed system," Cayetano said.

"This what Mayor Duterte and I want to end. We will restore the dignity of the teaching profession. No more cheapskate wage increases which do not address burdensome taxes, cost of living and living conditions in general," Cayetano added.

Cayetano said their proposal is part of his Senate Bill 94, that grants public school teachers, locally-funded teachers, non-teaching personnel, and non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd) additional compensation.



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GMA News: 'My Bebe Love' holds highest first day gross for all Filipino films



MANILA, Philippines - Alden Richards and Maine 'Yaya Dub' Mendoza collectively known as AlDub first movie 'My Bebe Love' topped the opening day of the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) and was able to break records for the highest first day gross, GMA News reported on Saturday.

 'My Bebe Love' earns 60.5M on opening day

'My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore' (originally titled Rom-comin Mo Akoreceived gross earnings of P60,462,169.57 on its opening day or about 40% of the total ticket sales for the eight competing movies for MMFF 2015.

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The GMA News data can claim MBL defeated opening record set by Star Cinemas'  'The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin' which earned P 53.3 million last year.

The unconfirmed report also claimed that over 33 million pesos from Metro Manila and over 27 million pesos from different provinces were recorded.

Earnings for 'My Bebe Love' will be divided into five by giant film outfits Octo Arts Films, M - Zet Productions, APT Entertainment, GMA Films and Ai-Ai's MEDA Productions.

Reception for ALDub's 'My Bebe Love' film

Though 'My Bebe Love' garnered good ticket sales, it also earned negative reviews from film critics.

"If there is a Razzie Award for the MMFF, GMA Films' 'My Bebe Love' would probably sweep this. The film may just be one of the worst films in MMFF history," DList.ph said giving the film one and a half star out of five.

Film review site ClicktheCity.com also gave the same rating, stating that "the film strings together its stars’ endorsements and roughly molds them into the shape of a movie, narrative playing second fiddle to the impulse to promote brands."

Meanwhile, avid fans and some moviegoers expressed on social media that they were satisfied of the movie. Obviously, there's a mixed reviews about AlDub's first film.

MMFF 2015 Top 4 Earners 

Aside from 'My Bebe Love,' 'Beauty and the Bestie,' 'All You Need is Pag-ibig' and 'Haunted Mansion' are among the topgrossers for this year's MMFF.

Official ticket sales figures for each of MMFF top 4 earners are not yet revealed due to MMFF policy to protect other films in the festival.

The annual Metro Manila Film Festival will run from December 25 until the first week of 2016.



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Magnitude 5.2 earthquake hits Surigao del Norte, aftershocks expected - Phivolcs



MANILA, Philippines - A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck near the town of San Isidro in Surigao del Norte early Sunday, December 27, 2015 according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).



Seismologists warned of possible aftershocks.

Phivolcs said the quake with 60km depth of focus was tectonic in origin and recorded at 6:11 a.m. It's exact location is at 10.09°N, 126.31°E - 030 km N 56° E of San Isidro.


The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said secondary shockwaves which are usually less violent than the main quake can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake.

"Be aware of possible tsunamis if you live in coastal areas. These are also known as seismic sea waves (mistakenly called "tidal waves"). When local authorities issue a tsunami warning, assume that a series of dangerous waves is on the way. Stay away from the beach," USGS added.

Here are the reported intensities, according to Phivolcs:

Intensity 4 (Moderately strong): San Isidro, Burgos and Santa Monica, Surigao del Norte
Intensity 3 (Weak): Surigao City
Intensity 2 ( Slightly Felt): Loreto, Dinagat Province, Mainit & Socorro, Surigao del Norte

Keep safe everyone! - TheSummitExpress.com



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VIDEO: ABS-CBN News team survives ambush in Marawi



The members of ABS-CBN News team in Iligan were ambushed by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Bangolo, Marawi City on Saturday afternoon, December 26, reporter Ronnie Enderes said.

ABS-CBN News team ambushed in Marawi


The 3-man News team composed of Enderes, cameraman Emilito Balansag, and driver Gary Montecillo was traveling back to Iligan from Ramain, Lanao del Sur where they covered the bombing of a tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

“None of us were hurt but we could not describe the fear we felt,” Enderes said.

ABS-CBN News has issued official statement and condemns in the strongest terms the attack on their News team.

"The gunmen riding in two motorcycles started following them from Marawi City. One assailant fired at the driver's side, hitting the door and narrowly missing Montecillo. Another fired at the front passenger's side, the bullet grazing the lower portion of the door," the news team said.

Marawi Police recovered from the crime scene two empty shells of .45 caliber pistol. Police said another tandem on board a third motorcycle was involved in the incident, based on the testimony of witnesses.

ABS-CBN added that Ronnie, Emilito, and Gary are safe and unharmed despite of the incident.

"We are also grateful to the Philippine Army's 103rd Brigade for providing temporary refuge to our News team," ABS-CBN said.

"We urge the authorities to investigate this ambush and bring the perpetrators to justice soonest, even as we vow to continue with our duties as journalists," the news arm of ABS-CBN added.

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'Honor Thy Father' disqualified at MMFF 2015 Best Picture race



MANILA, Philippines - Suspense crime film 'Honor Thy Father' (also known as Con-Man)  starring John Lloyd Cruz was disqualified from the selection of Best Picture category at the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), the overall chairman of the filmfest announced on Saturday, December 26.



The MMFF executive committe disqualified the entry due to non-disclosure of participation to the Cinema One Originals Festival happened last month (November 9-17) as the opening film.

UPDATE: MMFF issues statement on 'Honor Thy Father' disqualification from Best Picture Category

"After careful and thorough deliberation, the Metro Manila Film Festival Executive Committee has disqualified your entry, Honor Thy Father, from the selection of the Best Picture Category of the MMFF 2015 Awards," the letter addressed to HTF producer Ronald Stephen Monteverede reads.

MMFF 2015 Honor thy Father

Erik Matti's directed film was also screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Despite receiving good reviews from moviegoers and film critics, the movie has been pulled out in some cinemas to favor other MMFF entries.

On Saturday night, '#DemandForHonorThyFather' trended on Twitter as netizens expressed disappointment on MMFF decision.



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MMFF Ranking 2015: MMDA announces Top 4 Films, First Day Total Gross



MANILA, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officially announced today, December 26, 2015 the first day box-office results and the top 4 movie entries to the 41st year of Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

'My Bebe Love' in tight box-office race with 'Beauty and the Bestie'
MMFF 2015 TOPGROSSERS: 'Beaty and the Bestie' vs 'My Bebe Love'
The organizing committee and new MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos said that 'Beauty and the Bestie,' 'My Bebe Love: #KiligPaMore,' 'All You Need Is Pag-Ibig,' and 'Haunted Mansion' are the top 4 MMFF movies on opening day.

Star Cinema's 'All You Need is Pag-ibig' and Regal Entertainment's 'Haunted Mansion'
Star Cinema's 'All You Need is Pag-ibig' and Regal Entertainment's 'Haunted Mansion' float
Carlos said this year’s opening-day gross was P150 million, compared to P147 million on the first day last year.

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MMFF 2015 first day gross higher compared to last year
MMFF 2015 first day gross higher compared to last year. Photo Credit: ABS-CBN News/TV Patrol

Meanwhile, the MMDA chairman refused to reveal the official MMFF ranking of the top 4 films to protect other films.

MMFF 2015 Update: 'My Bebe Love,' 'Beauty and the Bestie' lead box-office race (Day 3)

MMFF 2015 Top Earners revealed by MMDA
MMFF 2015 Top Earners revealed by MMDA. Photo Credit: ABS-CBN News/TV Patrol


On the other hand, GMA News said AlDub first movie 'My Bebe Love' already earned P60-million on first day of the festival.

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Earlier, MMFF committee denied the 'ticket swapping' claims during the first day of the festival."This baseless issue will only sideline the true intent and purpose of the Festival. Let’s continue supporting all the entries of the MMFF 2015," the MMFF committee statement reads.

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The other MMFF 2015 entries are Vhong Navarro's 'Buy Now, Die Later,' John Lloyd Cruz's 'Honor Thy Father,' Cesar Montano and Maria Ozawa film 'Nilalang' and Jennylyn Mercado-Jericho Rosales starrer 'Walang Forever.'

MMFF 2015 entries: 'Buy Now, Die Later, 'Honor Thy Father,' 'Nilalang,' and 'Walang Forever' floats
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The awards night is scheduled tomorrow night, December 27 at the Kia Theatre, Araneta Center, Quezon City. Both the Parade of Stars and the Awards Night will be aired via delayed telecast on TV5 thru a co-production with Viva Entertainment.

Proceeds of the annual holiday festival are being distributed to the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation Inc., Motion Picture and Anti-Film Piracy Council, Film Development Council of the Philippines and the Optical Media Board. - TheSummitExpress



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MMFF denies 'ticket swapping' claims of AlDub moviegoers



MANILA, Philippines - The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2015 committee on Saturday, December 26 has issued official statement on the alleged ticket swapping claims being raised on social media by AlDub moviegoers (fans of Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards) and ‘My Bebe Love’ camp.

Beauty and the Bestie vs My Bebe Love


"The Metro Manila Film Festival, after looking into the ticket swapping issue, strongly denies the existence of such and is enjoining all the stakeholders of the Festival to be responsible in expressing their sentiments especially on Social Media," statement reads.

MMFF added that the issue is baseless and will only destroy the true meaning of the festival.

"The objective of the MMFF is to promote the local film industry and this baseless issue will only sideline the true intent and purpose of the Festival. Let’s continue supporting all the entries of the MMFF 2015."

MMFF official statement ticket swapping


'My Bebe Love' director Jose Javier Reyes on Twitter and some AlDub fans claimed the “ticket swapping” incidents that happened on Friday as the cinemas open for Metro Manila Film Festival movies.






Meanwhile, SM Cinema in a Twitter post said that there had been a “mistake” in the printing of some tickets. “After verification, it was a mistake due to the high volume of tickets purchased. Apology for any inconvenience.” The tweet was taken down hours after posting.

SM cinema TICKET SWAPPING

Eric John Salut, the AdProm Manager for Publicity and Social and Print Media Relations of ABS-CBN said the issue is just a stupidity and commended Kapamilya moviegoers for not being fooled by the hoax.




On Saturday morning, the 'No To PHOTO COPY' hashtag trended on Twitter nationwide still pertaining to alleged 'ticket swapping' between MMFF 2015 topgrossing films Vice Ganda's 'Beauty and the Bestie' and AlDub's 'My Bebe Love.'




But instead of social media war, some netizens encouraged us to be contented and patient despite of different views of everyone. - TheSummitExpress.com



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New Year Countdown to 2016: Top 16 Places, Events in Metro Manila



MANILA, Philippines - (Updated December 31, 2015) Beyond the traditional new year's eve (NYE) celebration are the countdown and special events happening around Metro Manila. On December 31, several establishments and companies will showcase their grandest welcome to 2016 and the year of Red Fire Monkey through Countdown to 2016 festivities.

New Year Countdown to 2016: Top 16 Places, Events in Manila

Plan the big night out for NYE as we compile once again the Top 16 places and events to celebrate new year's eve in the metro. Countdown to 2016 is definitely the best and meaningful event this year - full of fireworks, bountiful banquet, music and loud revelry in epic proportions to usher in the New Year.

TheSummitExpress has the lowdown on the best places to countdown the New Year around the metro.

1. Philippine Arena Countdown 2016 New Year's Celebration | December 30-31, 2015 in Bocaue, Bulacan

Philippine Arena Countdown 2016 New Year's Celebration

Witnes the festive celebration that will highlight another spectacle, the 1 hour and 10-minute fireworks show in an attempt to break Guinness World Record for the largest and longest fireworks display.

Be with invited celebrities which include The Explorer Sisters: JoWaPao of Eat Bulaga's KalyeSerye (Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola and Paolo Ballesteros), Arnel Pineda, Apl.De.Ap, Radha, Sandwich and Pops Fernandez.

On December 30, featured bands and singers Spongecola, 6CycleMind, Mulatto and Top Suzara will open the 2-night celebrations at the Philippine Arena, the largest mixed-used indoor theater with 55,000 seating capacity.

2. Eastwood City New Year Countdown to 2016 | December 31, 2015 6:00 p.m. in Libis, Quezon City

Eastwood City New Year Countdown to 2016


Megaworld Lifestyle Malls and Eastwood City is celebrating the New Year with a bang through an awesome line-up of spectacular performances and activities from the country’s brightest music stars at its New Year Countdown to 2016, the official New Year Countdown of Quezon City.

Marlisa Punzalan, the X Factor 2014 Grand Winner and Dawin, the American singer behind the hit song 'Dessert' will lead the New Year Countdown on December 31 at the Eastwood Mall Open Park.

Dawin Dessert singer

Be part of the grandest New Year celebration as other celebrities will join the festivity including band Imago, Rico Blanco, Kyla and Christian Bautista.

3. Countdown to 2016: The GMA New Year Special | December 31, 2015 11:00 p.m at the Seaside Boulevard, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City


Welcome 2016 with a bang! Take part in the most colorful and chic New Year celebration with Countdown to 2016: The GMA-7 New Year Special. Happening on December 31, 2015 from 10:00 p.m. onwards.

Reports said that Alden Richards of the popular AlDub tandem will lead the new year celebration together with other big artists from the Kapuso network. It is not yet confirmed if Maine Mendoza will going to attend the NYE party.


4. TV5 New Year Countdown 2016 | December 31, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. in Quezon City

TV5 New Year Countdown 2016


For the second time, the Quezon City Government and TV5 partnered to hold the New Year Countdown TV Special at the Quezon Memorial Circle which will be held on December 31, 2015 to January 1, 2016.

TV5 President and CEO Emmanuel Lorenzana said that this year's countdown celebration will be bigger, with more stars and performances.

LIVE STREAM: TV5 New Year Countdown 2016 (video courtesy of TV5 Philippines/Youtube)



5. Makati “Shout” New Year’s Eve Countdown 2016 | December 31, 2015 4:00 p.m. at the University of Makati (UMak)

Makati “Shout” New Year’s Eve Countdown 2016

Makati's New Year Year Countdown is back and now all set for the event Countdown 2016 dubbed “Shout”, which will be staged at the University of Makati (UMak) Track and Field Oval starting at 4pm on December 31, 2015 until 3am of January 1, 2016. (Read: Makati all set for “Shout” New Year’s Eve Countdown 2016)


6. Sulong Manila Countdown 2016 | December 31, 2015 9:30 p.m. at Rajah Soliman, Roxas Boulevard

Sulong Manila Countdown to 2016


7. The Grand Countdown 2015, A Spectacular New Year Celebration | December 31, 2015 7:00 p.m. in Pasay

The Grand Countdown 2015, A Spectacular New Year Celebration


Marriott Hotel at the Newport City Complex in Pasay will bring once again its best party of the year with the 'Grand Countdown 2015' spectacular new year celebration with Divine Diva Zsa Zsa Padilla, International pop music sensation Charice Pempengco and Concert King Martin Nievera to perform in one stage.

8. New Year Jam. The Countdown at the Plaza | December 31, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at Newport Mall

New Year Jam. The Countdown at the Plaza


Greet the coming New Year with a loud bang of songs from some of the country’s rock stars! Catch Yeng Constantino, Rivermaya, Spirit of 67, Mitoy & the Draybers, and The Dawn at The Plaza in Newport Mall. The fun New Year jam will start at 8 p.m.

9. Diamond Hotel A New Year State of Mind | Diamond Hotel (Roxas Boulevard, Manila)

Diamond Hotel A New Year State of Mind


Join Diamond Hotel’s New Year countdown event: A New Year State of Mind. It will feature artists Retrospect, Xarchy Band, and DJ Marx Monterola.

Guests of the party have a choice of dinner buffet from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Corniche and a chance to win round-trip airline tickets to Bohol for two (Php3,300), or a late-night buffet inclusive of one drink from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Php 680). Full details can be read here.

10. The Gift of Celebration at Solaire Resort and Casino |December 31, 2015 in Parañaque City

The Gift of Celebration at Solaire Resort and Casino


Celebrate new year's eve by grooving to live entertainment to be provided by The Company, Bituin Escalante, Mel Villena and the AMP band with Skarlet and Judith Banal and the Powerplay Band. While waiting for the countdown, treat yourself to their huge array of tapas, treats, and signature cocktails at the Eclipse Entertainment Lounge. For reservations and other details, email dining@solaireresort.com.

11. Live To Tell. A New Year's Eve Party at Discovery Suites | December 31, 2015 in Pasig City

Live To Tell. A New Year's Eve Party at Discovery Suites


Discovery Suites invites Madonna fans on their New Year’s Eve party dubbed “Live to Tell." For Php2,750 per person, you can dance to Madonna’s hits to be performed by Human Race in the Columbus Function Room on the 42nd floor. Enjoy their vibrant fireworks display along the Ortigas skyline after the countdown. To know more details and to see their room rates for New Year’s Eve, view here.

12. New Year Countdown at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City

Luxury clubs and late-night bars Skye at W High Street and Aracama Manila announced their New Year 2016 Countdown line up.

Skye 2016 - For reservations, please contact 478 4284 or 0932 856 7593.

Skye 2016


Aracama Manila - NYE 12.31.15. For inquiries and table reservations, call 09178747738.



13. Bling in the New Year 2016 at City of Dreams Manila


Bling in the New Year 2016 at City of Dreams Manila


Welcome 2016 with world-class entertainment and lots of bling! Live music, bottles of sparkling spirits and dazzling surprises await all night! Among the artists who will perform are Migz and Maya, Dream Sirens and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Centerplay; Erok at the Pangaea at 10 p.m. and Bass Jackers at 2:30 a.m at Chaos.

14. Sofitel Philippine Plaza New Year at Spiral


Sofitel Philippine Plaza New Year at Spiral


Welcome 2016 with a magnifique feast as Spiral presents culinary offerings enhanced with season’s specialties for a gastronomic voyage nonpareil. Enjoy the rich offerings of Spiral’s 21 dining ateliers with the yearend’s festive fare of traditional turkey, holiday roast, seafood platter and prime rib. DJ Abdel Aziz navigates the evening’s musical entertainment along with a countdown of Sofitel’s 2015 moments and milestones which will be beautifully punctuated with the annual fireworks display.

The little ones may put on their artist’s hat and whip out their paintbrushes to share their special farewell message to 2015 and welcome notes for 2016 while enjoy New Year’s Day brunch with Spiral’s featured New Year canvas.

View full rates, and to make an online reservation or inquiry here.

15. Vask 2016 New Year's Eve Countdown


Vask 2016 New Year's Eve Countdown


Welcome 2016 at the Vask Anna Deck and witness a spectacle of lights as the sky comes alive at midnight. Enjoy an amazing view of the fireworks around the metro while our guest DJ’s serve up an eclectic palette of beats on the last night of 2015!

Consumable rate starts at Php10,000 for Anna Deck Couches (good for 10 persons) and Php5,000 (good for 5 persons). 

C-Couches are set at Php8,000 (good for 8-10 persons).

To complete the sensory experience, indulge in Vask Tapas Room's scrumptious NYE set menu with a glass of Cava at Php3,500+ per person.

Book a table at +63 917.806.5292 or email us at ask@vaskmanila.com.


16. Countdown Party 2016 New Year's Eve | December 31, 2015 10:00 p.m. onwards

Countdown Party 2016 New Year's Eve


Diamonds and Neon lights party at BEST WESTERN PLUS Antel Hotel. Features full live band performances, buffet dinner, and WIN raffle prizes from our partners and sponsors - all for only PhP2,000.00. Check out for more details here.

Notes:

1. ABS-CBN New Year's Countdown is Live on Bandila on Thursday night. It will cover all the New Year's Eve Festivities around the Metro.

2. Photos and information presented above are from official Facebook pages and websites of different establishments or companies with New Year Countdown to 2016. TheSummitExpress.com compiled the top 16 places and events for the benefit of its readers.

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