Vice Ganda admits missing MMFF 'first day kaba and ngarag'

    MANILA, Philippines – Comedian Vice Ganda admitted that he misses the frenzy of having a Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entry.

    Vice Ganda with his boyfriend Ion Perez
    The Unkabogable Star Vice Ganda with his boyfriend Ion Perez. via Instagram/praybeytbenjamin

    On Twitter, the Kapamilya star said he feels relaxed this Christmas season after his supposed entry “Praybeyt Benjamin 3” was excluded in the 10 official entries for MMFF 2020.

    "Walang MMFF first day kaba and ngarag. Walang cinema tours. Walang mall tours," Vice tweeted.

    "Walang kaliwa’t kanan na texts and calls from VIVA and Star Cinema kung magkano na ang gross every after screening hours.

    "Tahimik lang. Kalmado lang. ibang iba. Kakamiss din," he added.

    MMFF organizers initially announced his film as part of the first four official entries but the movie did not make it on the submission deadline.

    Star Cinema and Viva Films also decided not to push through the film for this year's festival due to strict safety protocols in taping.

    “Praybeyt Benjamin 3” is the third installment of Vice's blockbuster films “The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin” (2011) and “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin” (2014).

    The comedian's entries in the previous MMFF were all top grossers. He started joining the festival in 2012 with “Sisterakas” followed by “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy” in 2013, “The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin” in 2014 and “Beauty and the Bestie” in 2015.

    In 2016, his film with Coco Martin “The Super Parental Guardians” did not make the cut in MMFF but it was hailed as the highest-grossing film for that year.

    Vice joined anew in MMFF in 2017 with “Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad” followed by “Fantastica” in 2018 and his film with Anne Curtis “The Mall the Merrier” last year.

    Vice supports MMFF 2020

    The It's Showtime host expressed his support for this year's festival and revealed that he already watched the controversial film "Fan Girl" starring Paulo Avelino and newcomer Charlie Dizon.

    He is also planning to stream next Vhong Navarro's "Mang Kepweng: Ang Lihim ng Bandanang Itim."

    All entries for this year's MMFF are now available purely online due to COVID-19 pandemic.

    SEE ALSO: How to buy ticket, watch MMFF 2020 on Upstream

    The Gabi ng Parangal (Awards Night), which will be held virtually, is on December 27. Winners will be announced via the MMDA's Official Facebook Page.

    The 46th edition of the festival will run until January 7.

    — The Summit Express
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