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First off, congratulations to the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival Executive Committee for pulling off a much-needed change!

In place of old jokes and tired franchises is a refreshing roster of films that didn’t just lazily rely on the its actors, but moreso on the strength of its stories and the brilliance by which they were told.

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We loved that Saving Sally was finally birthed after ten long years, a documentary (Sunday Beauty Queen), was given its rightful place, and indies were put side-by-side a huge commercial film like Vince & Kathi & James. We loved that the festival had a lot of genres covered too: horror (Seklusyon), comedy (Babae sa Septic Tank 2), drama (Kabisera and Oro), and romcoms.

And it seemed like everyone loved it, too. According to a statement released by the MMFF execom on its Facebook page, the festival has met its first day targets this year. Yay!

READ: 10 things about the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016

“We have re-assessed and set a new benchmark for this festival, we nevertheless look at the financial sales for the 1st day as a real bonus as we have already achieved what we started out to in the first place which is the cultural advancement through our Filipino films,” a portion of its statement read.

It also released the top four earners of this year:

  • Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2
  • Die Beautiful
  • Seklusyon
  • Vince and Kath and James

Note: the list was released it in alphabetical order, sans actual figures.

Is it too soon to conclude that the festival is a success? We don’t think so.

Read the entire statement in full below:

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