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MMFF 2012 Entry: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
« on: December 04, 2012, 08:44:20 PM »
Talk all you want about Thy Womb here.
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Re: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2012, 08:45:20 PM »
'Thy Womb' gets 'A' rating from CEB

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Posted at 12/04/2012 7:56 PM | Updated as of 12/04/2012 7:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The internationally acclaimed Brillante Mendoza film starring Nora Aunor has been graded "A" by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB).


"Thy Womb," directed by Brillante Mendoza, stars Aunor (above) as a Badjao midwife.

The line producer of "Thy Womb," Larry Castillo, announced the news Tuesday via micro-blogging site Twitter.

Also starring Lovi Poe, Mercedes Cabral and Bembol Roco, "Thy Womb" is among the eight film entries to the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival that will hit theaters nationwide on Christmas Day.

Before it premiered before a Filipino audience in late November in Davao, the film was screened in a number of international film festivals, including the one in Venice, Italy and its counterpart in Toronto, Canada.

Among its latest victories from international award-giving bodies are two from the 6th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, where it won Achievement in Directing for Mendoza, and Best Performance by an Actress for Aunor.

Alternately titled "Sinapupunan," the film tells the story of a Badjao midwife (Aunor) whose own infertility prompts her to find a surrogate mother to have a child with her husband.

Set in the scenic island province of Tawi Tawi in Mindanao, "Thy Womb," according to Mendoza in an earlier interview, is "about unconditional love."

"Pag sinabi mong unconditional love, sa atin, hindi mo maa-associate 'yan sa mga Muslim brothers, but this is actually based on a real life story, so totoo siya," Mendoza said.
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Re: MMFF 2012 Entry: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2012, 01:27:59 AM »
Angelica Panganiban on MMFF Best Actress race against Nora Aunor

Angelica says "Parang nakakahiya nga na nilaban pa kami. Sana wala na lang, di ba?" on PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal)

CONTINUE READING ON ORIGINAL SOURCE: http://www.pep.ph/news/36678/Angelica-Panganiban-on-MMFF-Best-Actress-race-against-Nora-Aunor:-Parang-nakakahiya-nga-na-nilaban-pa-kami.-Sana-wala-na-lang,-di-ba
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Re: MMFF 2012 Entry: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012, 08:15:54 AM »
Nora on music comeback: 'Sigurado na'

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Posted at 12/06/2012 11:49 PM | Updated as of 12/06/2012 11:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- It cannot wait any longer: next year marks the return of Nora Aunor as the country's "golden voice."

Coming off her string of successes this year as Philippine cinema's "Superstar" -- her role in the Brillante Mendoza film "Thy Womb" has earned international acclaim; "Himala" was released again after 30 years in restored high-definition version -- Aunor is setting sights on finally singing again after a long break from the music scene.


This time around, the veteran actress, 59, is ensuring her comeback concert will actually push through.

"Sigurado 'yun," Aunor was quoted as saying by entertainment news website Philippine Entertainment Portal. "Kakarerin ko na 'yun. Magku-concert na ako sa May 21. Itutuloy ko na."

According to Aunor, she will return to Boston, Massachusetts to undergoing an operation to regain her singing voice. "Alam na nila. Pag-uusapan yung schedule, hindi puwedeng hindi," she said.

In September, the Superstar told radio dzMM that she had intended to put off the procedure, pointing to her thriving showbiz career. Aside from "Thy Womb," Aunor stars in another film entry in the upcoming 38th Metro Manila Film Festival, the Emilio Aguinaldo biopic "El Presidente."

"'Yung therapy ang matagal," she said at the time. "Kasi sayang naman kung mawawala na naman ako, kasi kailangan, sabi ng doctor, pagkatapos ng operation, kailangan mag-therapy ako sa New York, at magse-stay ako syempre."

In January this year, Aunor had a preliminary check-up in, also in Boston, which, at the time, was planned to be followed up with an operation upon her return to the United States.

Aunor's long hiatus from the music scene stems from a botched cosmetic procedure in Japan which allegedly affected her singing voice. She has undergone a number of treatments and operations to regain it.
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Re: MMFF 2012 Entry: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2012, 06:25:45 PM »
Vilma excited with Nora team-up

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Posted at 12/08/2012 10:47 PM | Updated as of 12/08/2012 10:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Vilma Santos has expressed excitement over a planned big screen project starring her and her erstwhile rival, Nora Aunor.


Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor. Composite image

At the sidelines of the 2012 Ala Eh Festival in Tanauan, Batangas, the province's governor said she is open to doing the planned film, but with certain conditions.

"Sana po someday, sana, sinong may ayaw? Gusto ko rin," Santos told ABS-CBN News on Friday. "Sabi ko nga, importante lang 'yung good script, at the same time, 'yung right timing."

In June this year, Cannes award-winning director Brillante Mendoza confirmed plans to bring together Santos and Aunor for a film, which will also star Kapamilya actor Coco Martin.

Mendoza's latest film, the internationally acclaimed "Thy Womb", stars Aunor. It is among the 8 film entries in the upcoming 38th Metro Manila Film Festival.

While Santos pointed to her being public servant as her top priority at present, she is certain that the "right time" to co-star with Aunor will come.

"Kung magkakaroon ng pagkakataon, why not? Excited ako gumawa ng pelikula kasama ang kumare ko. I'm sure darating 'yun," Santos said.
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Re: MMFF 2012 Entry: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
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Re: MMFF 2012 Entry: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2012, 04:52:16 AM »
Pelikulang Thy Womb naging matagumpay sa 9th Dubai International Film Festival

Posted by Kakulay Entertainment Blog ⋅ December 14, 2012


Naging matagumpay nga ang screening ng pelikulang Thy Womb na ginanap sa 9th Dubai International Film Festival sa Mall of the Emirates.

Naruon din  ang direktor na si Brillante Mendoza at ang writer na si Henry Burgos ang Thy Womb ay entry din sa 38th Metro Manila Film Festival na pinagbibidahan nila Lovi Por at Superstar na si Nora Aunor.

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Re: MMFF 2012 Entry: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2012, 05:19:36 AM »
'One More Try,' Dingdong Dantes, and Nora Aunor Win the Major Awards, 2012 MMFF Winners Revealed!

Published : 11:17 PM Author : Rocky


The  2012 Metro Manila Film Festival awards night was just recently concluded! And the list of winners from the eight film entries has been revealed!

 "One More Try,"  the Star Cinema's entry to the festival received the Best Picture award while its male lead cast Dingdong Dantes won the Best Actor award and "Thy Womb" lead star Nora Aunor is this year's Best Actress!


The historical action-drama "El Presidente: The Emilio Aguinaldo Story" starring George Estregan was the most awarded movie of the year but was only snatched the Second Best Picture award.

Here is the complete official list of winners for this year's MMFF. Let's check this out:

Best Actress:
Nora Aunor, "Thy Womb"

Best Actor:
Dingdong Dantes, "One More Try"

Best Picture:
"One More Try"

2nd Best Picture:
"El Presidente"

3rd Best Picture:
"Sisterakas"

Gat Puno Antonio Villegas Award:
"Thy Womb"

Best Director:
Brillante Mendoza, "Thy Womb"

Best Screenplay:
Anna Karenina Ramos and Co., "One More Try"

Best Written Story:
Henry Burgos, "Thy Womb"

SMDC Female Celebrity of the Night:
Bianca King

SMDC Male Celebrity of the Night:
Zanjoe Marudo

Best Supporting Actress:
Wilma Doesn’t, "Sisterakas"

Best Supporting Actor:
Cesar Montano, "El Presidente"

Best Female Star of the Night:
Nora Aunor

Best Male Star of the Night:

Former President Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada

Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) Memorial Award:
"One More Try"

Special Award for Gender Sensitivity:
"Thy Womb"

Best Cinematographer:
Odessy Flores, Thy Womb

Best Editing:
Vito Kahili, One More Try

Best Production Design:
Brillante Mendoza, Thy Womb

Best Visual Effects:
Imaginary and Black Burst, Shake Rattle & Role 14

Best Make-Up:
Warren Munar and Co., El Presidente

Best Musical Score (Themesong):
Apl de Ap and Jamir Garcia, El Presidente

Best Score:
Jessie Lassaten, El Presidente

Best Sound:
Albert Michael Idioma, El Presidente

Best Child Performer:
Miguel Vergara, One More Try

Youth Choice:
El Presidente

Best Float:
El Presidente

Meanwhile, the other awards for the New Wave Category given during the night were the following:

New Wave Best Actor:
Alan Paule, “Gayak”

New Wave Best Actress:
Liza Diño, “In Nomine Matris”

New Wave Best Director:
Tyrone Acierto, “The Grave Bandits”

New Wave Best Film:
Tyrone Acierto’s “The Grave Bandits.”

New Wave Special Jury:
Armando “Bing” Lao’s “Ad Ignorantiam”

Special Awards

Gender Sensitivity Special Award (New Wave):
“In Nomine Matris”

The 38TH MMFF awards night took place at the Meralco Theater in Ortigas, Pasig City, Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 6pm and was hosted by Kris Aquino and KC Concepcion. A delayed telecast was aired in TV5.

Congratulations to all the winners!(www.tvseriescraze.blogspot.com)
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Re: MMFF 2012 Entry: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2012, 05:23:29 AM »
38th MMFF (2012) A - List of Winners


The winners of the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF 2012) were revealed Thursday night, December 27, 2012, during its Gabi ng Parangal (Awards Night) at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City.

Here is the complete list of winners to the 38th  MMFF 2012 Awards Night:

Mainstream Films Category:

    Best Float: "El Presidente"
    Best Child Star: Miguel Vergara, "One More Try"
    Best Sound: Michael Idioma, "El Presidente"
    Best Musical Score: Jessie Lazatin, "El Presidente"
    Best Theme Song: apl.de.ap and Jamir Garcia, "El Presidente"
    Best Make-up: Warren Munar, "El Presidente" by Warren Munar and company.
    Best Production Design: Brillante Mendoza, "Thy Womb"
    Best Visual Effects: "Shake, Rattle, and Roll 14: The Invasion"
    Best Editing: Vito Kahili, "One More Try"
    Best Cinematography: Odyssey Flores, "Thy Womb"
    Best Supporting Actor: Cesar Montano, "El Presidente"
    Best Supporting Actress: Wilma Doesnt, "Sisterakas"
    Best Original Story: Henry Burgos, "Thy Womb"
    Best Screenplay: Anna Ramos, "One More Try"
    Best Director: Brillante Mendoza, "Thy Womb"
    Gender Sensitivity Special Award: "Thy Womb"
    FPJ Memorial Award: "One More Try"
    Gatpuno Villegas Award: "Thy Womb"
    Youth Choice Award: "El Presidente"
    3rd Best Picture: "Sisterakas"
    2nd Best Picture: "El Presidente"
    Best Picture: "One More Try"
    Best Actor: Dingdong Dantes, "One More Try"
    Best Actress: Nora Aunor, "Thy Womb"


New Wave:

    Best Actor: Alan Paule, "Gayak"
    Best Actress: Liza Diño, "In Nomine Matris"
    Best Director: Tyrone Acierto, "The Grave Bandits"
    Best Film: Tyrone Acierto's "The Grave Bandits."
    Special Jury Prize: Armando "Bing" Lao's "Ad Ignorantiam"
    Gender Sensitivity Special Award: "In Nomine Matris"


Student Short Films Category:

    Best Short Film: "Pukpok" (DLSU)
    Gender Sensitivity Special Award: "Manibela" (FEU)
    Special Jury Prize: Daniel Bautista of USC


Special Awards:

    Female Star of the Night: Nora Aunor
    Male Star of the Night: Former President Joseph Estrada
    SMDC Male Celebrity of the Night: Zanjoe Marudo
    SMDC Female Celebrity of the Night: Bianca King


These movie contenders are currently showing on theaters nationwide and the tally is currently spiraling up as more and more moviegoers are out for their holiday movie trip.

As of this posting, here is the latest gross income for the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival:


Official MMFF 2-day gross (December 25 & 26):

First Day Gross
1 Sisterakas Php 39,200,000
2 Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako Php 29,500,000
3 One More Try Php 13,300,000
4 Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 Php 10,500,000
5 The Strangers Php 4,900,000
6 El Presidente Php 4,200,000
7 Sosy Problems Php 2,800,000
8 Thy Womb Php 911,000

Second Day Gross
1 Si Agimat, si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako Php 62,300,000
2 Sisterakas Php 59,700,000
3 One More Try Php 16,400,000
4 Shake, Rattle & Roll 14 Php 12,700,000
5 The Strangers Php 7,000,000
6 Sosy Problems Php 6,800,000
7 El Presidente Php 5,400,000
8 Thy Womb Php 1,100,000

Let us support the Phillipine movies!

Also watch the late telecast of the 38th MMFF Award's Night on TV5 tonight at 9:30 PM.
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Re: MMFF 2012 Entry: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2012, 06:30:12 AM »
Director pleads as theaters pull out 'Thy Womb'

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Posted at 12/27/2012 5:27 PM | Updated as of 12/27/2012 11:26 PM
Nora Aunor-starrer deserves full run, says filmmaker

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) -- The Cannes award-winning director of the internationally acclaimed film "Thy Womb" is appealing to Filipino audiences to support the film, a day after it ranked last in the list of the highest-earning film entries to the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival.

In a text message sent to members of the press, director Brillante Mendoza reported that theaters are planning to pull out "Thy Womb" because "[there is] no audience."

"Please watch, support and endorse 'Thy Womb'... before it's too late," said Mendoza, who was recently recognized by the 6th Asia Pacific Screen Awards with the Achievement in Directing for the Nora Aunor-starrer.

In an interview with radio dzMM on Thursday, Mendoza said he only hopes the Tawi-Tawi-set film would have a full run. "Hindi kami nakikipag-compete, hindi [kailangan] maging No. 1," he said.

"Thy Womb," along with seven other entries to the annual MMFF, opened in theaters nationwide on Christmas Day. The film festival runs until January 8, 2013.

"Actually ang point lang naman natin dito, sana huwag matanggal 'yung pelikula, na ma-sustain siya hanggang sa matapos 'yung festival," he said.

"Kasi syempre nagbabawas ng sinehan kaya kokonti ang nanonood, kaya nananawagan din ako sa ating mga kababayan natin na sana suportahan ang pelikula," Mendoza added.

The "Captive" director also appealed to the film fest organizers, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), to extend their authority to ensure the full run of "Thy Womb" in theaters.

"Sa namumuno ng festival, [umaapela kami] na bigyan naman kami ng pagkakataon hanggang sa matapos ang pelikula na maipalabas ang pelikula, na huwag naman tanggalin," Mendoza said.

According to MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, MMFF requires participating theaters in Metro Manila to give equal screening opportunities to all film entries at the start of the film fest. The number of screenings per film, however, may be subject to "sliding" or adjustment based on the earnings of each movie.

Tolentino, in an earlier interview, also said provincial theaters are not within the jurisdiction of the MMFF. Thus, equal screening opportunities for the film entries may not be ensured at opening day and in subsequent screenings.

In his dzMM interview on Friday, Mendoza said "Thy Womb" opened with 44 theaters but this number has dwindled to 27 cinemas, as of Thursday.

After initially failing to earn a slot in the local film fest, "Thy Womb" went on to reap recognition from international award-giving bodies, including the Toronto International Film Festival and its counterpart in Venice, Italy.

Box-office 'irrelevant'

Although the film is widely expected to reap even more awards at the MMFF, it has had relatively poor box-office performance as of its first-day screening in the Philippines.

"Thy Womb" only grossed P908,859.00 on Christmas Day from its Metro Manila screenings, according to data based on reports from participating theaters.

Star Cinema's "Sisterakas" topped the list with a nationwide single-day gross of P39,194,312.65.

Due to its poor box-office performance so far, "Thy Womb" reportedly now has limited screenings in a number of theaters in Metro Manila.

Responding to some participating theaters' decision to "pull out" the film, filmmaker Amable "Tikoy" Aguiluz took to social networking site Facebook to call for support behind "Thy Womb."

"To all lovers of Filipino cinema, occupy Meralco Theater tonight and demand the return of 'Thy Womb' to the theaters! This will be a test for all Filipinos who value good cinema, ones we will be proud of," said Aguiluz, who founded the Cinemanila International Film Festival.

The awards night of the 38th MMFF will be held on Thursday at the Meralco Theater in Ortigas.

"This is a festival and the film deserves a full run," Aguiluz added. "The box-office should be irrelevant. The MMFF is our trade-off to the absence of the quota system."

"Let the MMFF show its balls and stop the theaters from pulling out Thy Womb.' Do not like this. [Aksyon] tayong lahat," he said.
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Re: MMFF 2012 Entry: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2012, 09:37:56 PM »
Brillante: 'Nora deserves respect'

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Posted at 12/28/2012 12:57 PM | Updated as of 12/28/2012 12:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Cannes award-winning director Brillante Mendoza defended the star in his film "Thy Womb", Nora Aunor, who took home the Best Actress trophy in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival.

Mendoza, who won the Best Director award at the 38th MMFF, cited how Aunor's performance has been recognized in international film festivals.


Superstar Nora Aunor

He made the statement in an interview on ANC's "Headstart" after several people commented that Angel Locsin should have won the Best Actress award for the drama film "One More Try".

"Ako nirerespeto ko ang mga opinion nila, this is a free country, respected ko 'yan. pero if you are asking me, siguro naman hindi magkakamali ang APSA. Hindi magkakamali ang Venice. Venice is the oldest film fest in the world, hindi ka pa buhay, festival na 'yan. At ang APSA is one of the prestigious, it's Asia-Pacific, ibig sabihin from Russia, China, Japan and Korea, they are all included in choosing the best film among these regions.

"Siguro naman these are legitimate people from this industry, siguro naman hindi sila magkakamali," Mendoza said.

The director stressed that Aunor, dubbed as the Philippines' "Superstar" deserves all the respect despite all the challenges that she faced in the past.

"Nora Aunor is Nora Aunor no matter what. She's already part of our film history, hindi mo pwedeng tanggalin. Let's be fair, magaling siyang artista at ako mismo naintindihan ko 'yon at nalaman ko. It is my first time working with her at kung pinakinggan ko ang lahat ng tao na nagsasabi before I work with her eh hindi na natuloy 'yan because I get a lot of negative things that people are saying against Nora Aunor.

"It's a personal experience, nakita ko na she's a passionate actress, artist siya. Doon ko naintindihan kung bakit siya nagtagal nang ganito. I think she deserves respect from the industry and from us mga Pilipino, she deserves that. Kahit ano pa ang nangyari sa buhay niya, she's an artist and she's a great actress," he added.
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Re: MMFF 2012 Entry: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2012, 09:38:51 PM »
'Thy Womb' should've won Best Picture: director

By Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 12/28/2012 1:20 PM | Updated as of 12/28/2012 7:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines - "Thy Womb" could have easily won the Best Picture award in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival if box office results were not included in the festival's criteria for judging entries, the movie's director said.


Nora Aunor plays midwife in 'Thy Womb'

In an interview on ANC's "Headstart", Cannes award-winning director Brillante Mendoza said he was expecting "Thy Womb" to get the Best Picture award at the 38th MMFF, following its numerous awards in the festival.

The movie got the Best Actress and Best Director awards for Nora Aunor and Mendoza, respectively, in this year's MMFF.

It also won Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Original Story, as well as the Gender Sensitivity Special Award and the Gatpuno Villegas Award.

"We were thinking that we will get the Best Picture award because it follows when you have these major awards in any festival or in any award-giving body, it follows that you will get the Best Picture. So we were quite surprised," Mendoza said.

The director said the inclusion of box office sales in the criteria for judging MMFF entries substantially reduced their chances of winning the Best Picture award.

"And also we were surprised why, for instance, the box office sales is included as one of the criteria in judging the best film... I was told last night that 30% of the criteria of the best film is the box office sales and we don't fall in that category, zero kami doon," he said.

"We should have won the best film because we got the major awards. Unfortunately, he told us 'you didn't fall in this category'. It's 30%, even if you get, like, a perfect score on the 70%, you know 30% is still big," he added, quoting one of the MMFF organizers.

He also called the box office sales criterion "unbalanced."

"Kung box office ang pinag-uusapan ay gumagapang kami diyan. We are not priority. We are an alternative film and for viewers, we are an alternative choice. We are not the first choice. So siguro nandoon kami sa fourth, fifth, and our audience will come towards the end of the festival. So you cannot judge it.

"Plus, there's no equal number of cinemas. We have only, like, 44 on the first day while others have 130 cinemas. So kami, nabawasan pa kami, naging 27 na lang, while the rest nadagdagan pa. So how can you have that as part of the criteria, parang hindi yata balanse."

"We are happy that we are part of this festival and that we are hoping that we will be part of it until the very end.

Despite the loss, the director said he is "happy with what we got."

On Thursday, Mendoza appealed to Filipino audiences to support "Thy Womb", saying that theaters are planning to pull out the movie because "[there is] no audience."

After initially failing to earn a slot in the MMFF, "Thy Womb" went on to reap recognition from international award-giving bodies, including the Toronto International Film Festival and its counterpart in Venice, Italy.

Tolentino says no to pullout

In a separate interview, MMFF chief organizer Francis Tolentino supported Mendoza's call to cinema owners not to pull out "Thy Womb".

"Dapat siguro hindi i-pull out kasi maganda itong pelikula. 'Yung 'Thy Womb' ay kwento po ito ng isang babae na Badjao. Dapat mo makita ng ating mga kababayan, may value po ito. Ang tingin ko po ay pagbigyan natin hanggang matapos ito dahil malaking kontribusyon po ito sa ating sining at kultura," Tolentino said.

He also believes that the major awards won by "Thy Womb" may encourage Filipinos to watch the film.

"Hindi pa alam ng iba nating mga kababayan kung sino ang mga nanalo pa. Pero makakadagdag na nanalo si Nora Aunor sa 'Thy Womb'. So 'yung awards po kagabi, tama po 'yon na on the third day ay ibinigay na dahil makakatulong po ito sa ibang pelikula at malaman ng ating mga kababayan at manonood kung ano ang kahalagahan ng mga awards na ibinigay, para makita kung patas ang ating mga jurors. Ang mga ultimate judge po rito ay 'yung moviegoers," Tolentino said.
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Re: MMFF 2012 Entry: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2012, 09:39:27 PM »
Nora Aunor considers producing own films

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Posted at 12/28/2012 6:55 PM | Updated as of 12/28/2012 6:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The poor box office performance of her latest film notwithstanding, acclaimed actress Nora Aunor vows to continue acting, even it means having to produce her own films.

The major winners of the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (left to right) Dingdong Dantes for best actor, Cesar Montano for best supporting actor and Nora Aunor for best actress pose for a picture after the festival's awards night at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City. Photo by Cel Villa for ABS-CBNnews.com

Dubbed as Philippine cinema's "Superstar," Aunor bagged her eighth Best Actress trophy from the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) on Thursday during the awards night held at the Meralco Theater in Ortigas.

The veteran actress was recognized for her role as a Badjao midwife who is coping with her own infertility in the internationally acclaimed film "Thy Womb."

A film by the Cannes award-winning director Brillante Mendoza, "Thy Womb" has been screened in several international film festivals, before it earned its last-minute slot in the local MMFF.

In her acceptance speech on Thursday, Aunor, 59, expressed gratitude to the acclaimed director, as well as to the cast and crew of "Thy Womb."

"Lagi ko pong sinasabi na bilang mang-aawit, kahit na po na limang tao nalang ang gustong makinig sa aking boses, ako pa rin po ay patuloy pa ring aawit," said Aunor, who is set to undergo an operation next year to recover her lost "golden voice."

"At bilang artista naman po, kahit na kaunti na lang din po ang nanonood sa pelikula ko -- ako na ho ang magpo-produce para hindi malugi -- ako pa rin po ay patuloy na gagawa ng mga makabuluhang pelikula," the veteran actress added, to the audience's applause.

Despite early raves for the film, "Thy Womb" has had relatively poor box office performance as of its first-day screening in the Philippines.

At the closing of screening of MMFF entries last Tuesday (opening day), the film ranked last in the list of the highest earning participating movies, with only a little over P900,000 for its first-day gross.

In comparison, the single-day gross of the top-earner, "Sisterakas", was at P39.1 million.

Due to its poor box office performance, which Mendoza attributes to it being an "alternative film," "Thy Womb" has since been pulled out in a number of theaters in Metro Manila, dwindling down its number of screening cinemas to 27.

At the awards night on Thursday, long-time fans of Aunor showed fervent support for the veteran actress.

"Maraming, maraming salamat po ulit sa mga fans na hanggang ngayon nandito pa rin," she said in her speech. "Sa pamilya ko po, sa mga kaibigan, maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. I love you, sa mga fans."

Aside from Aunor's Best Actress trophy, "Thy Womb" was also recognized at the 38th MMFF with the following awards: Best Director (Mendoza), Best Production Design (Mendoza), Best Original Story (Henry Burgos), Gender Sensitivity Award, and the Gatpuno Villegas Award.
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Re: MMFF 2012 Entry: 'Thy Womb' (OT)
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2012, 09:14:13 AM »
Thsi is a great frustration for me ---- that we have little access here to Filipino indie films or good indie-influenced mainstream films.  If  I cold have been in the Philippines for the MMFF, I would watch the indies first and Thy Womb.  I think Nora Aunor is unparalleled.