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MMFF 2013 breaks record, reaches almost ₱1 billion

Ryzza Mae Dizon and James ‘Bimby’ Aquino Yap Jr.

Ryzza Mae Dizon and James ‘Bimby’ Aquino Yap Jr.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2013 was a record-breaking success with unofficial gross ticket sales reaching ₱987 million. It may even hit the ₱1 billion mark with the extension of top four movies – “My Little Bossings,” “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy,” “Pagpag: Siyam Na Buhay” and “Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel” – in cinemas.

“We are overwhelmed and so proud that the MMFF has managed to break records, proving that the Filipino movie industry is not only surviving, but thriving, despite stiff competition from foreign movies,” said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.

The proceeds from the tax of local government units of Metro Manila during the festival will be given to Movie Workers Welfare Fund, Film Academy of the Philippines, Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council, Film Development Council of the Philippines and Optical Media Board.

The gross income of MMFF in 2012 reached ₱767.8 million, up from ₱636.7 in 2011.

Other MMFF 2013 entries are dance musical “Kaleidoscope World,” the historical biopic “Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir,” and action flicks “Boy Golden: Shoot To Kill,” and “10,000 Hours.”

  • DanteCatalino Garcia

    Mas OK sana kung MMDA can fix the traffic problem. Are you listening Mr. Tolentino.