Saturday, December 18, 2010

Roasario: An Official Entry to the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival

We went to Smart Communications, Inc. Christmas Party held at SMX Convention Center last night. We were not exactly invited but we're still Smart employees so we are welcome (I think) to come in.

They have a nice program lineup and it was hosted by Wilma Doesnt and Mr. Fu. They have lots of performers such as Jon Santos who impersonated Charice Pempengco, The New Born Divas who are a product of TV5's Talentadong Pinoy, Leah Salonga (my heart melted when I heard her sing! I want to watch a musical starring her!! *hearts* *hearts*) and Jennelyn Mercado who sang and promoted her movie for the 2010 MMFF together with Isabel Oli and Yule Servo.

They are promoting Rosario, an official entry to the 2010 MMFF which features various Filipino movies shown on Christmas Day, December 25. I didn't know that they have this entry since what I know are the usual movies that  compete for this.

The film tells the saga of Rosario, a young and liberated Filipina in the 1920s who has just arrived from New York, and is spending her vacation in their hacienda. There, she meets and falls in love with Vicente, an older man who manages the tobacco plantation owned by Rosario's family. When Rosario's father finds out about his daughter's scandalous affair, he sends Rosario to a convent. She escapes, and elopes with Vicente to Manila where they raise a family. But Rosario's life of married bliss slowly crumbles when Vicente becomes ill with tuberculosis, and she is lured to committing adultery. Temptation and scandal still hound Rosario as she continues to defy the moral restrictions of her time.

This story is based on a true story of Manuel V. Pangalinan (yes, our big boss, that is why it is promoted at the event) and set in one of the most colorful periods in Philippine history, ROSARIO is destined to be a modern masterpiece in Philippine filmmaking. It is a monumental yet intimate portraitof a woman's emancipation and the sometimes painful consequencesof following one's desires.

Watch the full trailer

This film is directed by Albert Martinez. I didn't know he directs and i think this is a really nice film. I may watch it if there are less people in cinemas at that time (I don't want lots of people X__X). Anyway, to learn more about the film, see their website

This is really a good movie and better than those usual entries to the Film Fest. People should appreciate these and support because these films has real stories in it. Let's support Rosario at the 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival!

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