‘Bossings’ rules 2013 MMFF box office, sets new record
Congratulations are in order to all those who are involved in the production of “My Little Bossings,” the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2013 box office runaway winner.
The movie, starring Vic Sotto, Kris Aquino, Aiza Seguerra, Ryzza Mae Dizon and James “Bimby” Aquino Yap Jr., grossed P50.5 million on opening day, setting the highest record ever attained by a Filipino movie of all time.
Vic and Kris, who are also co-producers (along with Orly Ilacad and Tony Tuviera), very happily note that their expectations have been exceeded by the box office turnout. “We are so thankful to everyone who found time to watch our movie. We’re very proud of this achievement,” they said.
The production companies – OctoArts Films, M-Zet Films, APT Entertainment and Kris Aquino Productions – celebrate the rare distinction and look at it as a validation and encouragement to come up with more family-oriented movies like “My Little Bossings.” This movie touches the heart and warms the soul and credit should be given to director Marlon Rivera and script and screenplay writer Bibeth Orteza, who both share the plaudit with the producers.
They also acknowledge the fact that the record-breaking box office result is largely owed to the outstanding chemistry shared by the film’s cast members, especially the two precocious children Ryzza Mae and Bimby, who have wowed the audience not only with their cuteness but also with the display of their excellent acting prowess. Ryzza Mae is expected to win an acting award for her excellent performance while Bimby has managed to surprise everyone with his on-screen charm and credibility, considering “My Little Bossings” is his first foray into the big screen.
This early, many are predicting that acting awards will not be far behind not only for Ryzza Mae but also for lead actors Vic Sotto and Aiza Seguerra, who wowed the moviegoers with their dramatic talent in most of their scenes in the movie.
“My Little Bossings” is still showing at your favorite theaters as part of this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.
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The Maestro Ryan Cayabyab Receives Papal Award
Ryan Cayabyab has received the highest medal the Papacy gives to the laity, the Papal Award Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.
The award was for Cayabyab’s contributions to the Church through relevant musical compositions, including his numerous choral pieces, six congregational masses, two Latin masses, sacred songs, psalms and musicals with religious themes (“Magnificat,” “Ang Birhen Ng Caysasay” and “Lorenzo”).
The conferment happened in a Pontifical Mass held at the Chapel of Villa San Miguel last Dec. 21 officiated by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Lingayen, Dagupan, who said in the homily that Cayabyab is being given the award “not (only because of) the number of sacred music Ryan has created, but the love he gave in writing every piece.”
All the songs in the mass were by Mr. C, performed by members of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Ateneo Chamber Singers, and former members of the San Miguel Master Chorale conducted by Jonathan Velasco. One of the highlights was the premiere of the song “Miserande Atque Eligendo,” co-written with Msgr. Soc based on the motto of Pope Francis.
Mr. C is extremely honored with the award, which he considers one of the most significant acknowledgments in his illustrious career. The award came with a gold medal, a certificate, and a pin. The Cayabyabs intend to fly to the Vatican in Rome next year.
The maestro shared that he was a choir member at age 6 when he would sing in Latin and English masses, something that fostered his love for sacred music. “The beauty of the prayers lends to the music effortlessly,” said he, who intends to write music with more “gravitas” in the coming years.
Asked which of his sacred works he holds closest to his heart, Cayabyab said that it was like a father being asked to choose among his children. “Wala akong mapili kasi all of them are a labor of love. I certainly did not expect to be recognized for them because for me, being blessed to be a channel to write the music is the reward itself. I’m always excited to write music and more so, these sacred works. They are milestones in my life, a timeline that marks who I am, how I think at the time, and where I am in life when each one was made.”
Other awards that Cayabyab had won for his sacred works include the Original Music Composition for Dance in the Onassis International Cultural Competition 2000 in Greece for the songs “Misa 2000.” The album also won as Best Religious Album in the 2004 Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA).