- Well known comedian Vic Sotto said he respects the decision of the Metro Manila Film Festival screening committee
- Sotto however expressed disappointments, saying he felt that the committee did not respect the taste of the Filipino viewers
- He pointed out that people should not be asked to eat what they don’t want for Noche Buena
While he respects the decision of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) screening committee on the final eight entries for this year, well known comedian Vic Sotto expressed disappointments on the lineup; saying that the committee did not respect the taste of Filipino viewers, especially children.
In an article written by Glaiza Jarloc of Sun Star, it was disclosed that Sotto broke his silence over the exclusion of his film, “Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers” in MMFF.
“Ako, naniniwala ako sa salitang respeto. Respetado ko ang panlasa ng bawat tao. Nirerespeto ko ang panlasa ng naging screening committee. Ang masakit lang para sa akin, hindi nila nirespeto yung panlasang iyon ng manonood ng pelikulang Pilipino [I believe in the word respect. I respect the taste of the people. I also respect the taste of the screening committee. What hurts, for me, is the fact that they did not respect the taste of the viewers of Filipino films],” he said.
“Sabi nga nila, ang kanilang desisyon ay final and unanimous. I respect that. Pero sana lang, nirespeto ng komite yung panlasa ng Pinoy. ‘Wag mong isubo sa amin yung hindi namin gustong kainin pagdating ng Noche Buena [They said their decision is final and unanimous. I respect that. But I just wish the committee respected the taste of Filipinos. Don’t make us eat what we don’t want for Noche Buena],” he added.
Earlier, regal matriarch Lily Monteverde, who is more popularly known as Mother Lily, also expressed disappointments over the MMFF lineup
Most of this year’s eight finalists are independent films rather than films produced by the big movie studios.
Mother Lily said she is not against independent films. However, she believes that these films are not for the Christmas Season when a lot of moviegoers are famlies which includes children.
“Sana naman [I just hope that] after this year, next year’s festival, they should understand. It’s not that I’m teaching them, it’s that all these people— like [class] C, D, E, like carpenters, people who belong to this C, D, E—meron silang bonus [they have their bonuses]. Once they get their bonuses, they’ll bring their family to the GP [General Patronage films],” she said.
“Kasi sayang, nanghihinayang ako sa mga bata [I feel sorry for the children]. This is a family movie. Let’s hope next year, the entire system should be changed,” she added.
Here’s a compilation of MMFF official films’ trailers: