MMFF 2013 Best Actress winner Maricel Soriano wins wrong award?

'10,000 Hours', the movie starring Robin Padilla, swept most of the awards in the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF 2013).

The 'gabi ng parangal' or awards night was held Friday night at the Meralco Theater and the Bb. Joyce Bernal directed film won 14 awards. Whew! And these are:

Best Picture
Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award
FPJ Memorial Award of Excellence
Best Director (Bb. Joyce Bernal)
Best Actor (Robin Padilla)
Best Supporting Actor (Pen Medina)
Best Screenplay
Best Original Story
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Production Design
Best Visual Effects
Best Musical Score
Best Sound

'10,000 Hours' is now the 2nd most awarded film ever in the history of MMFF, tied with 1996's 'Magic Temple' which also had 14, and next to 1998's 'Jose Rizal', which amazingly won 17 of the 18 possible awards.

Robin Padilla MMFF 2013 Best Actor winner
Robin Padilla with his Best Actor trophy (credit to Mariel Rodriguez)

This marks the first ever MMFF win for both Robin Padilla and director Bb. Joyce Bernal, while it's already the 2nd time for Pen Medina to win as MMFF Best Supporting Actor. He previously won during the 1999 filmfest for "Muro-ami".

For the Best Actor award, Robin Padilla defeated fan favorite Vice Ganda, who could have been a deserving winner as well for his remarkable portrayal of four different character: a girl (Girlie), a boy (Peter), a gay (Mark) and a lesbian (Panying) in the Wenn Deramas film "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy".

The remaining award categories, only 10, were won by the other 4 entries.

2nd Best Picture
Most Gender-Sensitive Film
Best Actress (Maricel Soriano)

The Diamond Star Maricel Soriano has just won her 5th Best Actress trophy from MMFF and her 2nd from the festival in a span of just 3 years. During the 1997 filmfest, she already won for "Nasaan ang Puso?", then again in 1997 for "Filipinas", another win 4 years later for "Bahay Kubo, The Pinoy Mano Po" and after 4 years again, for the movie "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow."

And the award goes back to her after 2 years, with her now having the 2nd most Best Actress wins in the film festival history, next to The Superstar Nora Aunor with 8 wins. Star for all Seasons Vilma Santos was previously tied with Maricel, having 4 wins.

3rd Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress (Aiza Seguerra)
Best Child Performer (Ryzza Mae Dizon)
Best Theme Song

It's both a first MMFF win for former child wonder Aiza Seguerra and for the newest child wonder Ryzza Mae Dizon.

Youth Choice Award
Best Make-up

Best Float

Three (3) other entries, "Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel", "Kaleidoscope World", "Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir", unfortunately failed to win a single award.

To the surprise of many, Maricel Soriano won as Best Actress for her role of a loving mother to quadruplets (all played by Vice Ganda) in the comedy film "Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy". Surprising, but deserving winner. She won against nominees KC Concepcion for "Boy Golden", Eugene Domingo for "Kimmy Dora 3" and Bela Padilla for "10,000 Hours".

But why did I say above that it was a surprising win despite it being deserving?

Many are actually wondering why Ms. Maricel won in the Best Actress category when, as they say, her role in the film was only a supporting one.

I was actually expecting KC Concepcion to win Best Actress, and Maricel Soriano as the Best Supporting Actress.

Maybe, I'll just interpret Maricel's role in the film as a role which could either be a lead or a supporting one, and the MMFF awards committee opted to categorize it as a lead role.

In the film, Maricel being a lead is only evident during the introduction part, but she's obviously a supporting one all throughout. Even in the movie's poster, there's without a doubt that she's only supporting Vice, her name is in the same billing as Joey Marquez, Ruffa Gutierrez and Cristine Reyes who were all support in the film.

About M.I.

Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.

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