Longest 'Parade of Stars' held in Taguig
Taguig City affirmed its commitment to Philippine cinema as it hosted for the very first time in 45 editions the Metro Manila Film Festival’s (MMFF) star-studded Parade of Stars.
“The city of Taguig affirms its commitment to the arts, to culture and to promoting Filipino films,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano in a speech welcoming the throngs of people who galvanized at Taguig Lakeshore Park, where the parade originated on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.
“On the part of the City of Taguig, with Vice Mayor Ading Cruz, to my colleagues in the industry, we would like to emphasize the deep commitment of the City Government of Taguig for the growth of culture and the arts in the city and the country as a whole,” explained the mayor, who is also an acclaimed director and producer.
With Mayor Cayetano and the vice mayor onstage were House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano of Taguig City-Pateros 1st District, Rep. Lani Cayetano of the 2nd District of Taguig and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Danilo Lim.
From Taguig Lakeshore Park, the parade passed through M.L. Quezon Avenue, MRT Avenue and C5 Road. It then entered the McKinley Hill township via Upper McKinley Road, then moved on to McKinley Parkway, 32nd Street, 7th Avenue, 28th Avenue, 5th Avenue, then Lawton Avenue, LeGrand Avenue and Chateau Road. The parade concluded at McKinley West Open Ground.
The MMDA, which organizes the much anticipated yearly event, said the route makes the parade the longest in the history of the MMFF, synonymous to more eyes on the floats featuring the eight titles competing for the awards.
“The growth of and support for Philippine cinema is important,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano. “Taguig believes that in supporting culture, arts and Philippine cinema, we will have a wider and more comprehensive understanding of the issues and many other things. These will help us in our goal of unity.”
The competition first opened in 1975, then called the Metropolitan Film Festival. Many cinema gems first premiered in the fest.
This year’s eight entries will vie for the awards which will be given out during the Gabi ng Parangal on Dec. 27. The foremost award is Best Picture. Today’s parade is when the Best Float is decided.
All the films will be shown in cinemas from Christmas Day until Jan. 27.
“I have seen the lineup for the 2019 MMFF and I am confident and excited to see there is something for everyone,” Mayor Cayetano remarked. “I encourage all Taguigenos and all my fellow Filipinos to go out this Christmas and New Year season to watch a movie, spend time with your families, friends and loved ones and watch as many if not all of our 2019 MMFF entries.”
Taguig’s involvement in the MMFF does not end with the Parade of Stars as it is working with the MMDA to come up with an exhibit on Bonifacio High Street.
“We will help in promoting the fest so we can make 2019 the most successful MMFF yet,” the mayor said.