The movie, ‘Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story,’ almost did not make it to the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival but emerged as the winner in the MMFF Awards Night held Dec. 28 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at the Resorts World Manila.
The said movie, starring ER Ejercito, Laguna Governor won an impressive number of 11 awards, 12 including ER’s winning as Male Celebrity with the Sexiest Appeal, a special award.
But ER and his fellow ‘Asiong Salonga’ performers and supporters were frustrated when the lead actor failed to win the Best Actor award.
The movie tells the story of Tondo’s Nicasio Salonga, named as the ‘Robinhood of Philippine Underworld’ in the ’50s, won the coveted Best Picture and Gatpuno Antonio J. Villegas Cultural Awards, Best Festival Director (Gary dela Cruz), Best Supporting Actor (John Regala), Best Screenplay (Roi Iglesias and Rey Ventura), Best Cinematography (Carlo Mendoza), Best Production Design (Fritz Siloria, Mona Soriano and Ronaldo Cadapan), Best Theme Song (‘La Paloma’ by Ely Buendia), Best Musical Score (Jerry Lazaten), Best Sound Recording (Mike Idioma), and Best Editing (Jason Canapay and Ryan Orduna).
‘Asiong Salonga’ is produced by Scenema Concept, Inc. and Viva Communications and also stars Carla Abellana, Phillip Salvador, Yul Servo, Baron Geisler, Perla Bautista, Robert Arevalo, Amay Bisaya and Dennis Padilla among others.