38th Metro Manila Film Festival winners

(UPDATE) “One More Try” was proclaimed Best Picture during the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival Awards night held at the Meralco Theater in Ortigas, Pasig City on Thursday, December 27.

[Related: See MMFF Awards night live blog recap here]

The Star Cinema movie bested the film “Thy Womb,” which was originally predicted to win several major awards.

Overall, “One More Try” won six awards, including the inaugural Fernando Poe Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence.
“El Presidente” was named 2nd Best Picture while “Sisterakas,” won 3rd Best Picture.
“Thy Womb,” meanwhile, was awarded the Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award.

The film’s director Brillante Mendoza urged moviegoers to support his film, which stars Nora Aunor and Bembol Roco.

[More: 2012 MMFF kicks off with the annual parade]

“Showing pa po kami. Sana po makatulong yung award. At sana wag po kayong mag-pull out,” he said during his award acceptance speech.
His statement comes after it was reported that several cinemas were already pulling out the film from their line-up due to its poor box office performance. As of the latest report, “Thy Womb” is in last place in terms of box office results among the eight MMFF entries this year.
Mendoza also won the Best Director award.
Back to back win

Meanwhile,Dingdong Dantes won the Best Actor award for the movie “One More Try,” beating nominees E.R. Ejercito of “El Presidente,” Vice Ganda of “Sisterakas,” Herbert Baustista of “Shake, Rattle, and Roll 14,” and Bembol Roco of “Thy Womb.”
Dingdong Dantes accepts his Best Award for "One More Try" 
This is the second consecutive year that the Kapuso actor won the Best Actor award in the MMFF — and the second time he bested Ejercito for the honor. Last year, Dingdong won the same award for “Segunda Mano,” besting Ejercito for his performance in “Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story.”
Nora Aunor of “Thy Womb” won the Best Actress award.
Nora Aunor accepts her Best Actress award for "Thy Womb"“Kahit konti lang ho nanonood ng mga pelikula ko, ako na lang magproproduce para di malugi,” the actress said, adding she will continue to make quality films.
Cesar Montano won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in “El Presidente” while Wilma Doesn’t won the Best Supporting Actress award for “Sisterakas.”
Director Wenn Deramas, who accepted the award for the comedienne, reveals Wilma is currently pregnant.
“El Presidente” won the most awards in the competition with eight awards; “Thy Womb” won seven. “Sisterakas” bagged two awards while “Shake, Rattle, and Roll 14” got one.
“Sosy Problems,” “Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at si Ako,” and “The Strangers” failed to take home any awards.
The complete list of winners:

Youth Choice Award: "EL PRESIDENTE"

Best Festival Float: "EL PRESIDENTE"


Best Musical Score: "EL PRESIDENTE"

Best Theme Song: "EL PRESIDENTE"

Best Make Up:


Full Length New Wave Best Actor: ALLAN PAULE FOR "DAYAK"

Full length New Wave Best Actress:  LIZA DINNO FOR "IN NOMINE MATRIS"

New Wave Best Picture: "THE GRAVE BANDITS"

New Wave Special Jury Prize: "AD IGNORATIAM"

New Wave Best Director:


Best Production Design:


Best Cinematographer:

Most Gender Sensitive Award (MAINSTREAM): "THY WOMB"

FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence: "ONE MORE TRY"

Best Supporting Actor:

Best Supporting Actress: WILMA DOESNT FOR "SISTERAKAS"

Best Original Story: HENRY BURGOS FOR "THY WOMB"

Best Screenplay: "ONE MORE TRY"


Gatpuno Villegas Cultural Award: "THY WOMB"

3RD Best Picture: "SISTERAKAS"

2ND Best Picture:

Best Picture: "ONE MORE TRY"

Best Actor:


With reports from Karen Valeza

'One More Try'Watch the official trailer of the MMFF 2012 entry "One More Try" starring Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Angelica Panganiban and Zanjoe Marudo. (Video courtesy of Star Cinema)


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