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The 49th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has expanded its lineup to 10 movies, with six new entries revealed. Notable films include “When I Met You in Tokyo” starring Christopher de Leon and Vilma Santos, “Becky and Badette” featuring Eugene Domingo and Pokwang, “Mallari” with Piolo Pascual and Janella Salvador, “Firefly” featuring Alessandra de Rossi and Cherry Pie Picache, “Broken Hearts Trip” with Christian Bables, and “Gomburza” starring Enchong Dee, Dante Rivero, Piolo Pascual, and Cedrick Juan. MMFF’s selection committee chose these additional movies after three films received identical high ratings, making the total selection 10 instead of the traditional 8.
In July, the MMFF unveiled the initial four selections for its 49th edition. Leading the pack is the highly-anticipated Star Cinema collaboration “Rewind” featuring celebrity duo Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera.
The other three films in the first batch of selections are “A Mother and Son’s Story” from Cineko Productions, Inc., starring Sharon Cuneta and Alden Richards; “(K)ampon” by Quantum Films, with Beauty Gonzales and Derek Ramsay; and “Penduko” by Sari Sari Network, featuring Cristine Reyes and Matteo Guidicelli.
Notably, MMFF had previously disclosed that it had received 26 script submissions from 32 different production companies for the 49th edition of the festival.
The MMFF parade of stars is scheduled for December 17, covering 8.7 kilometers from Navotas to Valenzuela, and the awards night will be held on December 27.