Films you didn’t know were MMFF entries

Have you ever wonder what it is like to be in the years when the Metro Manila Film Festival was just starting? Have you ever wonder what kind of films produced in those years?
Wonder not anymore! Below are selected films from the past 40 years of the Festival that entertained our grandparents and parents every Christmas Day (before, MMFF was being held in September).

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(Photo from moviesalphacoders.com)

(Photo from moviesalphacoders.com)

Muro Ami (1999)
Trivia: There were 35 children hired for the film. The film won Marilou Diaz-Abaya as Best Director for two consecutive years.

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(Photo from tfc.tv)

(Photo from tfc.tv)

Magic Temple (1996)
Trivia: The film won all of its 7 nominations in MMFF.

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(Photo from mykiru.ph)

(Photo from mykiru.ph)

Tanging Yaman (2000)
Trivia: The most awarded film in 2000 MMFF

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(Photo from Star Cinema)

(Photo from Star Cinema)

Dekada ’70 (2002)
Trivia: One of the few MMFF entries that were based on a controversial novel.

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(Photo from wikipedia.org)

(Photo from wikipedia.org)

Bulaklak sa City Jail (1984)
Trivia: One of the first MMFF entries based on a book by Lualhati Bautista

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(Photo from mubi.com)

(Photo from mubi.com)

Burlesk Queen (1977)
Trivia: The top grosser during the 1977 MMFF.

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(Photo from missosology.com)

(Photo from missosology.com)

Jose Rizal (1998)
Trivia: The most expensive film at the time of its release.

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(Photo from wikipedia.org)

(Photo from wikipedia.org)

Minsa’y Isang Gamu-gamo (1976)
Trivia: The famous line of Nora Aunor, “My brother is not a pig…” was thrown in this movie.

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(Photo from choosephilippines.com)

(Photo from choosephilippines.com)

Halimaw sa Banga (1986)
Trivia: The most awarded film in 1986 MMFF and listed as one of the scariest Filipino movies of all time.

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(Photo from moviesmug.com)

(Photo from moviesmug.com)

Ang Pagbabalik ni Pedro Penduko (1994)
Trivia: The film was shown in an MMFF year without Best Picture awardee.

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(Photo from video48.blogspot.com)

(Photo from video48.blogspot.com)

Magkano ang iyong dangal? (1988)
Trivia: One of the first films that was based on a Philippine drama comics by Gilda Olvidado

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(Photo from homocinema-eng.web)

(Photo from homocinema-eng.web)

Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita (2004)
Trivia: The second MMFF entry to win the Most Gender Sensitive Film award. The first film was Homecoming.

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(Photo from video48.blogspot.com)

(Photo from video48.blogspot.com)

Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal (1992)
Trivia: Aga Muhlach and Lea Salonga love team started in this film

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(Photo from movieweb.com)

(Photo from movieweb.com)

Bahay ni Lola (2001)
Trivia: The second top grosser in 2001 MMFF. Bagong Buwan was the top grosser.
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(Photo from tmdb.com)

(Photo from tmdb.com)

Markova: Comfort Gay (2000)
Trivia: The last film where Dolphy played as gay.

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(Photo from filmaffinity.com)

(Photo from filmaffinity.com)

Atsay (1978)
Trivia: Nora Aunor won the only Best Performer Award. (It was during in 1978 MMFF when Best Actor and Best Actress awards were replaced with Best Performer Award).

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(Photo from topyxz.wordpress.com)

(Photo from topyxz.wordpress.com)

Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? (1976)
Trivia: First drama-musical film in MMFF and the Philippine entry as Best Foreign Film in Academy Awards but was not accepted

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(Photo from video48.blogspot.com)

(Photo from video48.blogspot.com)

Himala (1982)
Trivia: First MMFF entry funded by the government (under the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines, a government-owned corporation in the 1970s to 1986). 

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(Photo from fpj-daking.blogspot.com)

(Photo from fpj-daking.blogspot.com)

Ang Panday: Ikatlong Yugto (1982)
Trivia: The film was very popular at that time but Himala got the 1982 MMFF top grossing film. 
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