HILDA KORONEL received first “Monty Manibog Lifetime Achievement Award” at inaugural launch of MANILA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL; “About Us But Not About Us” screening and Q&A closed out the star-studded event
By Oliver Carnay
A star-studded red carpet gala and lavish (not to mention, very well organized!) event for the inaugural launch of Manila International Film Fest 2023 (MIFF) was held at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) on November 2, 2023. Attendees were treated with delectable Filipino and fresh Japanese foods at the DGA Atrium after the red carpet parade and screenings of “HERE COMES THE GROOM” and “LOVE YOU LONG TIME.”
The Three films were Chris Martinez’s “Here Comes the Groom,” starring Enchong Dee, Kaladkaren, Miles Ocampo and Gladys Reyes, MMSFF special jury prize winner, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm; JP Habac Jr.’s “Love You Long Time,” starring Carlo Aquino, Eisel Serrano and Ana Abad Santos, 2:00 – 4:00 pm; Jun Robles Lana’s “About Us But Not About Us,” starring Romnick Sarmenta and Elijah Canlas, which won several MMSFF awards, including best picture, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, including a Q & A, moderated by journalist Ruben V. Nepales, with star Romnick Sarmenta and filmmakers Jun Robles Lana and Perci Intalan.
MIFF President Ebradu Udarbe was called on to introduce MMFF Chairman Atty. Romando Artes spoke, and later called the stars from the three films featured throughout the day at the inaugural festival, Enchong Dee, KaladKaren, Romnick Nick Sarmenta, and Eisel Serrano vigorously related their experience and gratitude to MIFF.