Honor Thy Father is the most controversial entry featured at the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival. I remember being upset when I found out this John Lloyd Cruz starer and the historical women empowerment movie Lakambini led by Lovi Poe didn’t make it to the final cut announced last June.
MMFF Awards bagged by ‘Honor Thy Father’ team
Hermano Puli backed out last October due to the lack of budget and by the time Honor Thy Father was offered a slot, the film was already screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and slated to be the opening film of CinemaOne Originals 2015. I read some press releases about that and clearly, the people behind MMFF 2015 are fully aware of the arrangements. The sudden disqualification of Honor Thy Father for the Best Picture award a day before the awards night remains a mystery.
Anyway, I’m not writing this post to update everyone with this ongoing issue (can’t keep my mouth shut) as I’m a Pinoy movie fan. I cannot say this is my personal favorite among the 8 entries, but it does deserve a recognition. This is also a ‘test’ on whether Pinoy moviegoers are open to supporting such theme.
Last Wednesday, Hannah and I met up in our favorite cinema to catch the new John Lloyd Cruz – Bea Alonzo movie entitled ‘The Mistress‘. Just like in last year’s No Other Woman, the cinema almost reached the SRO level. I bought the tickets at 4PM for the 8PM screening. Half of the seats were already booked. Beat that!
One of Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz’ intense scenes in ‘The Mistress’
I am glad that we were able to enter the cinema to catch the trailers of ‘This Guy is in Love with You Mare’ (Vice Ganda-Luis Manzano-Toni Gonzaga film) and Suddenly It’s Magic (Mario Maurer and Erich Gonzales). We were also relieved that finally, Aga and Regine’s reunion rom-com ‘Of All The Things’ is finally set to be shown on the 26th of September. I am hoping it will do good in the box-office.
I first saw the trailer of The Mistress while watching The Reunion. I am quite surprised upon seeing Bea Alonzo’s onscreen kiss with veteran actor Ronaldo Valdez, and was delighted to see Hilda Koronel after years of hiatus in the industry. Olivia Lamasan is really the best when it comes to mainstream mature dramas.
John Lloyd Cruz is undeniably one of the most talented actors in the country today. Not only that – he is also an effective product endorser. No wonder he has a number of deals under his belt including a pizza food chain, clothing line, shoe brand, mobile phone, canned good among others. Of course, the most-loved and sincere among them all is his Biogesic campaign with the popular tagline “Ingat!”
John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo with the Cast and Crew of Miss You Like Crazy
Most of his fans miss him already in the ABS-CBN Primetime Bida block. He was last seen as Armando in the Philippine version of I Love Betty La Fea where he was paired with long-time screen partner, Bea Alonzo. To be honest, I am a big John Lloyd Cruz-Bea Alonzo fanatic. I’ve seen all their movies – My First Romance, Now That I Have You, Close to You, All About Love, One More Chance and of course, Miss You Like Crazy!