Manila International Film Festival (MIFF) launch press conference held at ANDAZ in West Hollywood, CA; actress HILDA KORONEL announced as the first recipient of Monty Manibog Lifetime Achievement Award
By Oliver Carnay
Actors Romnick Sarmenta, Enchong Dee, Kaladkaren and Eisel Serrano, are in Los Angeles for the launch of the inaugural Manila International Film Festival (MIFF) at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) on Thursday, November 2.
In a press conference at the Andaz West Hollywood Hotel, MIFF announced that actress Hilda Koronel will be the first recipient of the Monty Manibog Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after the late Manibog, the first Filipino American to become an elected official in Southern California and the first FilAm mayor in the continental United States, a humanitarian, lawyer and an Olympian, the award honors Koronel, one of the Philippines’ finest actresses.
The stars from Manila joined filmmakers Jun Robles Lana, Perci Intalan and JP Habac Jr., Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) overall chairman, Atty. Romando Artes, and Executive Director, Atty. Rochelle Ona, MIFF President Ebradu Udarbe, Chairman Omen Ortiz and Executive Producer Lisa Lew, in the press conference attended by members of the FilAm media.
MIFF, the first overseas edition of the MMFF, will be launched at the DGA with a screening of three films chosen from the eight entries in the inaugural summer edition of MMFF (Metro Manila Summer Film Festival – MMSFF) held last April in the Philippines. These three films and their screening times on Nov. 2 are 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. The LA launch will also feature a VIP reception and a meet and greet with the stars and filmmakers behind these three films, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Tickets to the November 2 screenings and events, to be held at DGA, including other details, are available at: https://