Mindanao wins big at MMFF 2019 Gabi ng Parangal

MANILA, Philippines – Drama and animation film "Mindanao" was the big winner at the 2019 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Gabi ng Parangal on Friday night, December 27.

Congratulations, Judy Ann Santos! MMFF 2019 Best Actress!
Congratulations, Judy Ann Santos! MMFF 2019 Best Actress! Photo Credit: Mindanao Facebook page

The Brillante Mendoza-directed feature won a total of 11 awards, including best director, best picture and top acting awards for Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon.

“Mindanao” touches on the armed conflict in parts of the island, intercut with an animated retelling of the Mindanao folklore of warrior brothers Rajah and Sulayman.

The film already made waves internationally at the Cairo International Film Festival 2019 winning Best Actress for Judy Ann Santos and Henry Barakat Award for Best Artistic Contribution award for Brillante Mendoza.

Crisanto Aquino's romance movie "Write About Love" came in second with 8 awards, including 2nd Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Joem Bascon and Yeng Constantino.

Carlo Ledesma's horror film "Sunod" followed with three major awards, including 3rd Best Picture, cinematography and production design.

Below is a full rundown of all the winners:

Major Awards Winners
Best Picture 1st: Mindanao
2nd: Write About Love
3rd: Sunod
Best Actress Judy Ann Santos, Mindanao
Best Actor Allen Dizon, Mindanao
Best Director Brillante Mendoza, Mindanao
Best Supporting Actress Yeng Constantino, Write About Love
Best Supporting Actor Joem Bascon, Write About Love
Best Child Performer Yuna Tangog, Mindanao
Best Screenplay Write About Love
Best Editing Write About Love
Best Cinematography Sunod
Best Production Design Sunod
Best Visual Effects Mindanao
Best Sound Design Mindanao
Best Musical Score Write About Love
Best Original Theme Song Write About Love

Special Awards Winners
Gat Puno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award Mindanao
FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence Mindanao
Male Star of the Night Aga Muhlach
Female Star of the Night Carmina Villaroel
Best Ensemble Culion
Special Jury Prize Write About Love
Best Float Award Mindanao
Gender Sensitivity Award Mindanao

Short Films Category Awards Winners
Best Short Film Pamana ni Lola, Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Sta. Mesa
Jury Prize Student Short Film Bronze, Silver, Gold at Anting-anting, De La Salle University - Integrated School Manila

The MMFF Hall of Fame Awards was also held as part of the larger Gabi ng Parangal. This is to recogize past award recipients who have been awarded three or more times in the same category in the past editions of the Gabi ng Parangal.

Hall of Fame Awards:

Best Sound Engineer
  • Ditoy Aguila
  • Michael Idioma
  • Rolly Ruta

Best Musical Score
  • Dionisio Buencamino
  • Von De Guzman
  • Jaime Fabregas
  • Jessie Lasaten

Best Editing
  • Vito Cajili
  • Manet Dayrit
  • Jess Navarro
  • Edgardo Vinarao

Best Visual Effects
  • Roadrunner Network Inc.

Best Art Director
  • Rodel Cruz
  • Joey Luna

Best Cinematography
  • Rudy Lacap
  • Carlo Mendoza
  • Romy Vitug
  • Lee Meily

Best Director
  • Marilou Diaz-Abaya
  • Joel Lamangan
  • Jose Javier Reyes

Best Supporting Actress
  • Eugene Domingo
  • Cherie Gil

Best Actor
  • Anthony Alonzo
  • Christopher de Leon
  • Cesar Montano

Best Actress
  • Nora Aunor
  • Amy Austria
  • Vilma Santos-Recto
  • Maricel Soriano

— The Summit Express

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